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Danningens Filosofihistorie

omsl.Danningens filosofihistorieOppdaget en bok i dag jeg burde ha oppdaget før, siden den kom ut så langt tilbake som i 2013:

Ingerid S. Straume,
Danningens Filosofihistorie.
Gyldendal Norsk forlag, Oslo 2013.

Gleder meg til å lese i den. Boken består av en rekke enkeltstående kapitler, skrevet av forskjellige forfattere. Halvor Moxnes, f.eks., skriver om’Jesu dannelse av disiplene i Markusevangeliet.’ Hallvard J. Fossheim skriver om ‘Platon og Aristoteles om dannelse’, og Hermund Slaattelid om ‘Ein danningstradisjon i romersk historie,’ for å nevne de som ligger nærmest mitt forskningsfelt. Boken inneholder i alt 28 kapitler, og er innom både Kofusiansk og Muslimsk dannelsetradisjoner (2 kapitler), mens resten fokuserer på vestlig filosofi opp til vår egen tid.

Men burde her ikke også ha vært et kapittel om jødiske dannelsesidealer? Jeg savner det, og ville selvfølgelig også vært overbegeistret om et avsnitt også  hadde handlet om Jøden Filon av Aleksandria! Tror Peder B vil være enig med meg i det!

Men boken representerer likevel et interressant nytt tilskudd til våre  innføringsbøker til filosofienss historie.


First UK Philo Colloquium

The first UK Philo Colloquium will be held Thursday 21 July 2016 at Glasgow University from 10:00–4:30. This meeting will be an opportunity for those working on Philo’s treatises or interested in Philonic studies to meet with other scholars in the UK (or further abroad) and discuss their research. This event is open to postgraduate students and scholars alike and, depending on the number of attendees, each will have an opportunity to share some of their current work. Speakers will include: Sean Adams (Glasgow), Hindy Najman (Oxford), and Joan Taylor (King’s College London)

There is no cost for this event, although notice of attendance is required. There is also a small bursary fund for postgraduate students wishing to attend to help offset some of their travel costs.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Sean Adams (

The marvelous websites of Rob Bradshaw

There are some websites that are more interesting than others, some blogs that are more rewarding to visit than others, and some sites that are just impressive. I follow several via Feedly; highly recommended.

Today I just wanted to pay my respect and gratefulness to the site, established and upheld by Rob Bradshaw, a graduate of Bangor University and Mattersey Hall Bible College. Rob is passionate about Christian theology and church history and about making theological resources freely available for those who want them. This is currently being done in addition to a full-time job.

He runs several sites. Let me just provide his own description of these:

  1. hosts over 25,000 full text theological articles linked into bibliographies on each book of the Bible. It also covers such subjects as hermeneutics, biblical languages, criticism, language, etc. – in short almost everything connected with the Bible and its study.
  2. throws its net slightly wider, providing material on a range of theologies and theologians, as well as specific doctrines such as the Trinity, for example. The section on practical theology seeks to provide material on how theology is applied in daily life, in such areas as politics and ethics.
  3. covers church history until the rise of the medieval Papacy (c.600 AD).
  4. takes over where leaves off, covering church history from the rise of the Papacy to the time of the Reformation.
  5. – covers church history during and after the Reformation.
  6. provides material relating to the archaeology of the lands of the Bible.
  7. provides resources for students of Christian missions from the first Century onwards [currently under development].

The purpose of all this is (again in his own words):

To make high quality theological freely material available throughout the world, thus providing Bible teachers and pastors with the resources they need to spread the Gospel in their countries. This is achieved by:

  1. Digitising and uploading in co-operation with authors and publishers, rare and out-of-print theology books and articles. Over 32,000 articles are now available for free download.
  2. Providing detailed bibliographies for Seminary level students and ministers.
  3. Providing a single cross-linked resource made up of seven websites, some of which are under development.

What a purpose! What an achievement!


José Pablo Martín -2016

José Pablo Martín passed away in Buenos Aires on Sunday, January 10 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
José Martín had been associated with the Philo bibliography project for over 20 years. He was a very considerable scholar and will be greatly missed.

José Pablo Martin was a professor of Philosophy, CONICET researcher, Doctor of Theology and professor consultus at the Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento, San Miguel, Argentina (UNGS). He specialized in the fields of epistemology and philosophical anthropology, and published on Philo and the genesis of Western culture (1986) and Theophilus of Antioch (2004). He was also Head of the international project Hispanicus Philo.

A New book from Karl Olav Sandnes

sandnesThe Norwegian scholar, Karl Olav Sandnes, professor in New Testament Studies at the Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway, has another new book coming out these days.

Prof. Sandnes has by now a distinguished list of publications, and in the last ones in particular, he offers new perspectives and manages to draw on a great variety of sources,  thus coming up with several interesting topics and views. For his Bibliography, see here.

The last (so far..) volume, now announced by Brill, has the following exciting title:

Sandnes, Karl Olav. 2016. Early Christian Discourses on Jesus’ Prayer at Gethsemane. Courageous, Committed, Cowardly? Novum Testamentum, Supplements 166. Leiden: Brill.

The publisher presents the book thus:
“From early on, Christians passed down the account of Jesus’s agony at the prospect of his own death and his prayer that the cup should pass from him (Gethsemane). Yet, this is a troublesome aspect of Christian tradition. Jesus was committed to his death, but as it approached, he prayed for his escape, even as he submitted himself to God’s will. Ancient critics mocked Jesus and his followers for the events at Gethsemane. The ‘hero’ failed to meet the cultural standards for noble death and masculinity. As such, this story calls for further reflection and interpretation. The present book unfolds discourses from the earliest centuries of Christianity to determine what strategies were developed to come to terms with Gethsemane.”

Two new books on Philo


The first of these two books is primarily about Paul, but there is also a chapter devoted to Philo as part of the background material for understanding Paul:

Wells, Kyle B. 2015. Grace and Agency in Paul and Second Temple Judaism. Interpreting the Transformation of the Heart. Novum Testamentum, Supplements 157. Leiden: Brill.

“Following recent intertextual studies, Kyle B. Wells examines how descriptions of ‘heart-transformation’ in Deut 30, Jer 31–32 and Ezek 36 informed Paul and his contemporaries’ articulations about grace and agency. Beyond advancing our understanding of how these restoration narratives were interpreted in the LXX, the Dead Sea Literature, Baruch, Jubilees, 2 Baruch, 4 Ezra, and Philo, Wells demonstrates that while most Jews in this period did not set divine and human agency in competition with one another, their constructions differed markedly and this would have contributed to vehement disagreements among them. While not sui generis in every respect, Paul’s own convictions about grace and agency appear radical due to the way he reconfigures these concepts in relation to Christ.” (publisher’s note)


McFarland, Orrey. 2016. God and Grace in Philo and Paul. Novum Testamentum, Supplements 164. Leiden: Brill.

“In God and Grace in Philo and Paul, Orrey McFarland examines how Philo of Alexandria and the Apostle Paul understood divine grace. While scholars have occasionally observed that Philo and Paul both speak about God’s generosity, such work has often placed the two theologians in either strong continuity or stark discontinuity without probing into the theological logic that animates the particularities of their thought. By contrast, McFarland sets Philo and Paul in conversation and argues that both could speak of divine gifts emphatically and in formally similar ways while making materially different theological judgments in the context of their concrete historical settings and larger theological frameworks. That is, McFarland demonstrates how their theologies of grace are neither identical nor antithetical.” (publisher’s note)



Some more new books

Here are some books I would like to have my hands on during the coming year 2016. They are, perhaps, not directly relevant to a study of Philo of Alexandria, though having a closer look at them might make you change your mind about exactly that relevancy.
The books are just announced by their publishers.

Here are the titles, and the publishers note about the books:
Nässelqvist, Dan. 2016. Public Reading in Early Christianity. Lectors, Manuscripts, and Sound in the Oral Delivery of John 1–4. Novum Testamentum, Supplements 163. Leiden: Brill.

“In Public Reading in Early Christianity: Lectors, Manuscripts, and Sound in the Oral Delivery of John 1-4 Dan Nässelqvist investigates the oral delivery of New Testament writings in early Christian communities of the first two centuries C.E. He examines the role of lectors and public reading in the Greek and Roman world as well as in early Christianity. Nässelqvist introduces a method of sound analysis, which utilizes the correspondence between composition and delivery in ancient literary writings to retrieve information about oral delivery from the sound structures of the text being read aloud. Finally he applies the method of sound analysis to John 1–4 and presents the implications for our understanding of public reading and the Gospel of John.”

Ligt, Luuk de, ed. 2016. Migration and Mobility in the Early Roman Empire. Studies in Global Social History 23/7. Leiden: Brill.

“Until recently migration did not occupy a prominent place on the agenda of students of Roman history. Various types of movement in the Roman world were studied, but not under the heading of migration and mobility. Migration and Mobility in the Early Roman Empire starts from the assumption that state-organised, forced and voluntary mobility and migration were intertwined and should be studied together. The papers assembled in the book tap into the remarkably large reservoir of archaeological and textual sources concerning various types of movement during the Roman Principate. The most important themes covered are rural-urban migration, labour mobility, relationships between forced and voluntary mobility, state-organised movements of military units, and familial and female mobility.”

Contributors are: Colin Adams, Seth Bernard, Christer Bruun, Luuk de Ligt, Paul Erdkamp, Lien Foubert, Peter Garnsey, Saskia Hin, Claire Holleran, Tatiana Ivleva, Elio Lo Cascio, Tracy Prowse, Saskia Roselaar, Laurens E. Tacoma, Rolf Tybout, Greg Woolf, and Andrea Zerbini.

List of contents
1. Approaching migration in the early Roman empire
Luuk de Ligt and Laurens E. Tacoma
2. The impact of migration on the demographic profile of the city of Rome: a reassessment
Elio Lo Cascio
3. Seasonal labour and rural-urban migration in Roman Italy
Paul Erdkamp
4. Food distributions and immigration in imperial Rome
Seth G. Bernard
5. Migration in early-imperial Italy: Herculaneum and Rome compared
Peter Garnsey and Luuk de Ligt
6. Labour mobility in the Roman world: a case study of mines in Iberia
Claire Holleran
7. State-organised mobility in the Roman empire: legionaries and auxiliaries
Saskia T. Roselaar
8. Peasants into soldiers: recruitment and military mobility in the early Roman empire
Tatiana Ivleva
9. Tracing familial mobility: female and child migrants in the Roman West
Christer Bruun
10. Isotopes and mobility in the ancient Roman world
Tracy L. Prowse
11. Revisiting urban graveyard theory: migrant flows in Hellenistic and Roman Athens
Saskia Hin
12. Migration in Roman Egypt: problems and possibilities
Colin Adams
13. Migrant women in P.Oxy. and the port cities of Roman Egypt: tracing women’s travel behaviour in papyrological sources
Lien Foubert
14. Human mobility in the Roman Near East: patterns and motives
Andrea Zerbini
15. Moving epigrams: migration and mobility in the Greek East
Laurens E. Tacoma and Rolf A. Tybout
16. Dead men walking: the repatriation of mortal remains
Rolf A. Tybout
17. Movers and stayers

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