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Review of Reading Philo

The first review of Reading Philo, printed in a journal like publication, is now available here:

Yli-Karjanmaa, Sami. Review of Torrey Seland (ed.), Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.06.21,

Hopefully, when the summer is over, there will be some more reviews available.

1 Peter again

One of my main interests within New Testament studies lays within studies of 1 Peter. I once even had a blog dealing with 1 Peter (Research Notes on 1 Peter), but this has been closed for several years now. It simly became too much.

But this does not mean that my interest in 1 Peter has waned, and I still try to be informed about what is published in this field.
In the latest issue of Review of Biblical Literature, there is a review of this volume:

Forbes, Greg W.,
1 Peter: Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
Nashville: B&H, 2014 pp. xxvii + 202. $24.99.

The description of the series runs like this: “The Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament (EGGNT) closes the gap between the Greek text and the available lexical and grammatical tools, providing all the necessary information for greater understanding of the text. The series makes interpreting any given New Testament book easier, especially for those who are hard pressed for time but want to preach or teach with accuracy and authority. Each volume begins with a brief introduction to the particular New Testament book, a basic outline, and a list of recommended commentaries. The body is devoted to paragraph-by-paragraph exegesis of the Greek text and includes homiletical helps and suggestions for further study. A comprehensive exegetical outline of the New Testament book completes each EGGNT volume.”

The review can be read by clicking here.


Conference on Magic

magicBy a note in Facebook I became aware of an interesting conference to be held in Bonn this summer:
Egyptian and Jewish Magic in antiquity
Bonn 5-9 July. The Venue of the Conference will be the site of the Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn.

The main goals hoped to be attained with the EJMA Conference are:

  • isolating a magico-technical vocabulary, which characterizes ancient texts of magic and, possibly, achieve a common and intercultural terminology on ancient magic.
  • following some linguistic and ritualistic developments in magical texts, both within a specific culture as well as cross- culturally,
  • understanding some of the magical names and nomina barbara we find in later texts, most of which still remain incomprehensible to us.
  • reconstructing the ritual dynamics of different magical practices on the basis of textual and material comparisons within the same culture or between different cultures – and especially those which dwelt in Egypt – both from a synchronic and diachronic perspective.

The Program and list of speakers can be seen here.For further info, see here.

Reading Philo review

Ken Schenck had a brief note on ‘Reading Philo': A Handbook to Philo (Eerdmans, 2014), in the beginning of May (see here). Iit looked like the first part of a review , but it has not been followed up, as far as I have been able to observe. I consider Schenck a reader well versed in Philo; hence a review from his pen would have been interesting. But a full review of the volume is still something I am looking for… :)

SNTS 2015 Amsterdam

Now finally, I have signed up for participation at the SNTS General Meeting in Amsterdam 28-31 July. I should thus be able to participate in the Philo Seminar listed below too, as well as some other interesting lectures and events.

I just have to find some hotel like place to stay ………:)

Philo at the SNTS General Meeting 2015

At the 70th General Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), at VU University Amsterdam this summer (July 28-31), there will also be a Seminar devoted to Philo of Alexandria. While the General Meeting is only for members and spouses and invited guests, I list the topics here as information for those interested:

Seminar 9 [room 0G-23] Early Jewish Theologies and the New Testament (Profs. J. Herzer and G. Oegema). Terminates in 2019.

  • Wed: Otto Kaiser (Marburg; guest), “Philos Hochschätzung der Freundschaft – Im Kontext der hellenistisch-römischen Philosophie beurteilt.
  • Thu: Greg Sterling (Yale), “’A Law to Themselves': Universalism in Philo and Paul.”
  • Fri: Thomas Tobin (Loyola Chicago), “Reconfiguring Apocalyptic Imagery: The Examples of Philo of Alexandria and Paul.

VU University, also known as Vrije Universiteit (Free University), was founded in 1880 as a Protestant university of the Reformed tradition by Abraham Kuyper, a famous Dutch statesman and theologian. It was called Free University because it was to be free of government control and was to have no formal ties to any particular denomination. Nowadays the university is fully funded by the government though it is still has no formal ties to a particular denomination. More info about the General Meeting can be found here.







Nov Test Suppl Online – and Philo!

Brill’s famous series of New Testament related studies are also available online; you can get to that page by clicking here.

“The first online collection of Brill’s flagship series in New Testament Studies (Novum Testamentum, Supplements) presents monographs and collections of essays that make original contributions to the field of New Testament studies. This includes text-critical, philological and exegetical studies, and investigations which seek to situate early Christian texts (both canonical and non-canonical) and theology in the broader context of Jewish and Graeco-Roman history, culture, religion and literature.

This collection contains 151 titles published up to and including all titles published in 2013.”

Of special interest for Philo students, I might point out the following volumes now available online:

Halvor Moxnes, Theology in Conflict  (1980)

Peder Borgen, Bread from Heaven (1981)

Peder Borgen, Philo of Alexandria – An Exegete for His Time (1997)

D.E. Aune, T. Seland, J. Ulrichsen, Neotestamentica et Philonica (2002)

Kåre Fuglseth, Johannine Sectarianism in Perspective (2005)


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