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An Oslo Symphosium

On Monday 28 I am to enjoy the pleasure of attending an Oslo symphosium on New Testament studies. The Symposium will take place on Monday 28 of July in the Auditorium Athene 2 at the Conference Centre of Oslo University College, Pilestredet 46, Oslo.

This takes place under the auspices of the journal Novum Testamentum, published by Brill, Leiden, and the Department of Archaeology and Religious Studies, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, and it will honour Professor Peder Borgen (who was 80 last January) on the occasion of his retirement as President of the Board of the Journal.

At the Symphosium the following lectures will be given:

1400-1405: Words of welcome by Rector, Dr. S. Østberg, Oslo University College, and President of the Board of Novum Testamentum, Professor J. K. Elliott (Leeds)

1405-1445: Professor Lars Hartman (Uppsala): “What does it mean to write a commentary?”

1445-1525: Professor Johan Thom (Stellenbosch): “Justice in the Sermon on the Mount: An Aristotelian Reading”

1525-1540: Coffee/Tea Break

1540-1620: Professor Cilliers Breytenbach (Berlin): “Jesaja 53 (LXX) und die urchristliche Hingabeformeln”

1620-1700: Professor Maarten Menken (Utrecht): “‘Born of God’ or ‘Begotten by God’? A translation problem in the Johannine writings.”

After the Symphosium there will be a Reception by the Ambassador Ronald van Roeden, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and then dinner, both for invited guests.

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Then the rest of that week I will be in Lund, Sweeden, attending the SNTS General Meeting.

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Have still a nice summer all of you….

Two new reviews

The SBL Bookreviews.org has posted another set of reviews. In this issue, there are especially two reviews I find especially relevant to my own interests, hence I list them here:

Andrew M. Mbuvi
Temple, Exile and Identity in 1 Peter
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=6310
Reviewed by David G. Horrell

Barclay M. Newman, ed.
The UBS Greek New Testament: A Reader’s Edition
http://www.bookreviews.org/bookdetail.asp?TitleId=6215
Reviewed by Steven R. Johnson

Book on Philo’s world

Gottfried Schimanowski
Juden und Nichtjuden in Alexandrien
Koexistenz und Konflikte bis zum Pogrom unter Trajan (117 n. Chr.)
Reihe: Münsteraner Judaistische Studien
Bd. 18, 2006, 288 S., 34.90 EUR, br., ISBN 3-8258-8507-0

This seems to be an interesting and needed book about co-existence and conflict in Alexandria. I have tried to buy it both via Amazon.de and its publisher, but for some reason they can not send it to Norway. If interested, you can have a look at its content at Google Books by clicking here.

The publishers presentation of the volume runs like this:
Dies ist die erste deutschsprachige Monographie über das alexandrinische Judentum, jenen Sitz “multikultureller” Aktivität und Gelehrsamkeit, dem die westliche Kultur bis heute so entscheidende Anstöße verdankt. Vom ersten Auftreten kurz nach der Gründung der Stadt (323 v.Chr.) an wird seine Geschichte verfolgt bis hin zum Untergang in einem förmlichen Bürgerkrieg 115 – 117 n.Chr.

Wieso ist es dieser weltoffenen, von ihrer Verfassung her griechischen Stadt nicht gelungen, ihre jüdischen Mitbewohner besser zu integrieren? – Die Konkurrenz um die Privilegien der “Griechen” der Stadt hat den Juden Feindschaft eingetragen, sowohl bei diesen selbst (als den einzigen vollberechtigten Bürgern) als auch bei den Ägyptern. Dagegen half auch keine Anlehnung an die – keineswegs beliebte – auswärtige Macht Rom, im Gegenteil.

Zur Illustration der singulären, durchaus verworrenen Rechtslage dient ein griechisch-deutscher Quellenanhang; er bietet die einschlägigen Inschriften und Papyri.”

Philo of Alexandria: An Annotated Bibliography, 1937-1986

Philo of Alexandria: An Annotated Bibliography, 1937-1986, this famous bibliography is now available on Google Books. While you cant read all the pages due to copyright restrictions, the book is searcable; hence you can search for authors, terms etc…

Have a look here.

Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament

Last January 16 I wrote on my now sleeping 1 Peter Blog:

What happened to Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament?
In 1991 Wm.B Eerdmans Publishing published the first volume in a series called Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
Murray J. Harris,
Colossians & Philemon (Grand Rapids, Mi., Eerdmans Publishing, 1991). 310pp.
But this seem to be the only volume published, and the Eerdman web page have no further information of the series. What happened to the series?

In a comment on this posting,
Terry Wilder wrote a couple of weeks ago:
I have some good news. B&H Academic has just signed Murray Harris to complete the EGGNT series.
Terry Wilder,Academic Acquisitions Editor
B&H Academic
www.bhacademic.com