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What a great site!

I just stumbled over a great biblical German site! In fact, most of the interesting websites I visit are in English; I know a couple or more in German, and no French. But this one is in German, and well worth a further consideration. You’ll find it at

1. First: you will find a lot of Bible editions, both in the original languages and German translations:
Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
Novum Testamentum Graece (ed. Nestle-Aland), 27. Auflage
Septuaginta (ed. Rahlfs/Hanhart)
Vulgata (ed. Weber/Gryson)

Luther Bibel 1984
Gute Nachricht Bibel
Menge Bibel

The Hebrew text is of course vocalized and the greek texts accented. If you find that the text is somewhat small and dificult to read, you just change the size in your browser. If you register at the site you are given access to several other impressive information sources like a search function or info about e.g., the New Testament. and lots of information about digitalized version, for instance, for your Palm.

2) Then there is also a Bibelkunde section. Here you will find extensive information about all the books of the Bible, including an exposition of several biblical themes.

3) Thirdly, there is also a great Lexicon available:Das wissenschaftliche Bibellexikon im Internet (WiBiLex). A test on this demonstrated that if you, for instance, read about Aaron, the article has several subdivisions like 2. Aaron im Alten Testament 3. Zur Geschichte der Aaroniden, 3.1. Die Priesterschrift von Bethel während der Königszeit 3.2. Die Priesterschrift Israels in exilisch-nachexilischer Zeit, 4. Aaron im Neuen Testament,5. Aaron im Judentum
6. Aaron im Islam, 7. Aaron in der Kunst, Literaturverzeichnis, 1. Lexikonartikel, 2. Weitere Literatur, and # Abbildungsverzeichnis.

Impressive indeed. I must admit I know of no other Bible web-site providing a comparable extensive range of texts and valuable information. Please use the Comment field below if there is any other ‘out there’ of equal scope and value. Of course, you need to be able to read German,  but that is still nevertheless a must for a biblical scholar. Others unable to read German, but haveing a reading ability in Greek or Hebrew might still find the Bible editions available here useful.

The site contains also a reference to anothe Bible site: Here you can find find a lot of material relevant for your church, your pastor or other pesons engaged in church work. There even is a link to how you can get German translations on your Iphone!

Visitors to these sites are to be grateful to the deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.

Logos bargain

Logos is announcing a great sale offering over at their blog: through the end of the year, they are having a sale on the 59-volume Word Biblical Commentary series. This digital set retails for $1,199.99, but is available for a limited time for only $599.95! And not only the set, but if you just want some volumes, you can get them at 50% off.
I use their Bible software a lot, and do think that Logos Bible Software is a terrific software; now you also may save a lot of money on this offer.

More on Synagogues

The Sweedish scholar Prof. em. Birger Olsson, himself an expert on the development of the synegogues, has a review on the SBL Review of Biblical Literature website on a recent book about reconstructing the First-Century Synagogue:

Stephen K.Catto,
Reconstructing the First-Century Synagogue: A Critical Analysis of Current Research
Library of New Testament Studies, 363
London: T&T Clark, 2007, pp. xxii + 226.
$130.00. Hardcover.

The Review can be found here. Prof Olsson summarizes some of his impressions thus:
“Catto’s investigation is well-structured with many good summaries. The emphasis on the geographical location of every piece of evidence from the first century is excellent and gives a healthy reminder of the fact that every synagogue is to some degree an expression of local conditions (cultural, religious, social, economic, architectural, and so on). I also appreciate that Catto attempts to find out what can be said about the worship of the synagogue at this time. His presentation of synagogue sources from the first-century period is, however, not new. We have already good ones in Binder’s dissertation and also in Claussen’s work. There are no new philological insights in Catto’s work, as far as I can see, or any conclusive analysis of the genre or literary and situational context of different passages that would advance the current state of research. More interest must be directed to the problem of definitions. Like A. Runesson, Catto uses “synagogue” within quotation marks to draw attention to the fact that the word may refer to different things (a gathering or a building), but he does not present or discuss the important distinction in Runesson’s doctoral thesis between different kinds of institutions (public synagogues and association synagogues). Nothing is said about the use of various interpretative models and theories from other disciplines in synagogue research of today. Such models and theories are of decisive importance when we want to reconstruct the very complex phenomenon we call the ancient synagogue.”

Mentioning the synagogues, it might useful also to point out some other studies on the Synagogues, published in recent years:
L. I. Levine, The Ancient Synagogue: The First Thousand Years, 2000 (rev.ed. 2005),
D. D. Binder, Into the Temple Courts: The Place of the Synagogues in the Second Temple
A. Runesson, The Origins of the Synagogue: A Socio-historical Study (2001),
C. Claussen, Versammlung, Gemeinde, Synagoge: Das hellenistisch-jüdische Umfeld
B. Olsson & M. Zetterholm eds., The Ancient Synagogue from Its Origins until 200 C.E. (2003).
A. Runesson, D. D. Binder, and B. Olsson, eds., The Ancient Synagogue from its Origins to 200 C.E.: A Source Book (2007).

Das paulinische Eikon-Konzept

Doing some searches on the Mohr Siebeck webpages, I came over this volume that is relevant for a Philo bibliography – and an Apostle Paul bibliography as well:
Das paulinische Eikon-Konzept.
Semantische Analysen zur Sapientia Salomonis, zu Philo und den Paulusbriefen
Mohr Siebeck, 2008. XIV, 304 pages. WUNT II 250.

It is written in German, but the publisher provides the following intro in English:
“By analyzing the meaning of the word εìκών and its semantic cognates, Stefanie Lorenzen reveals the mental concept of the likeness of man to God in the Wisdom of Solomon, the texts of Philo of Alexandria and the Pauline homologoumena. The comparison shows for the first time that Paul’s concept differs from Jewish-Alexandrian ideas, since it also includes the human body. While the Jewish-Alexandrian texts draw men in the image of God as a perfect spiritual response to a spiritual mediator (e.g. logos or sophia), for Paul the body is a medium of the Christ event and thus an essential part of the likeness of man to God or Christ.”

New Dissertation on 1 Peter

On Dec. 9 there will be a public disputatio (public defence) at MF – Norwegian School of Theology in Oslo (Menighetsfakultetet), where cand.philol. Eirin Hoel Hauge will defend her dissertation on 1 Peter:

Turn Away from Evil and Do Good! Reading 1 Peter in Light of Psalm 34.” A resyme of her work can be found here. (English version on p 2).

According to the Norwegian system, there will be two test lectures the day before the defence, then the  public disputatio that may last up to 4-5 hours, where the candidate will discuss her dissertation with two opponents.  Alas, the info page at MF does not contain any info about the topics of the test lectures, nor the names of the opponents.

David Hellholm is retiring

Yesterday, Wednesday 19, the Norwegian New Testament society (Norsk Nytestamentlig FagForum) had its autumn meeting at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo.

Immediately following, the Faculty of Theology arranged the ‘retirement lecture’ of Prof. teol.dr. David Hellholm. Friends and collegues from all over Norway had gathered to attend and thus celebrate prof. Hellholm.

David Hellholm has been professor in the New Testament at this Faculty for the last 18 years, and before that he worked for some time at the University in Bergen. Prof. Hellholm will be well known for his works on Apocalypticism, but also on Paul the apostle, and now in more recent years on the historical and theological questions related to the Christian baptism. The latter is a project that will still go on for a couple of years, involving several other scholars too. A bibliography of his published works can be found here.

As a topic for his retirement lecture, prof Hellholm had chosen  “Paulus och den urkristna doptraditionen” (Paul and the early Christian traditions of baptism). It was a discussion of some central texts in the letters of Paul, especially Gal 3,27-28; 1 Cor 12,13 and 6,11, just as thorough as all of us who has the privilege of knowing prof. Hellholm could have expected. An expert at work!

In an additional session, also in honour of prof Hellhol, three younger scholars presented aspects from their own research. The way they did it, and the topics the presented, turned out to be really interesting.

  • Vemund Blomquist provided insight into his reseach on Euthalius, and his work on a series of “Argumenta” or short summaries which are placed as introductions or summaries to the different books of the New Testament.
  • Kirsten Marie Hartvigsen presented  aspects from her work on “”Prepare the Way of the Lord”. Towards a Cognitive Poetic Analysis of Audience Involvement with Characters and Events in hte Markan World.”
  • Marianne Bjelland Kartzow presented ideas from a most recently inaugurated project on “Jesus in cultural complexity,” a project that involves several scholars.

After these events, there was a Reception for prof Hellholm, in which several of his colleagues and friends presented words of praise in honour of him; all well deserved.

Studia Philonica

The Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Vol XX
has its own webpage at the publishers site.
You can find the information here, and the volume can be ordered here too.