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Going to Egypt!

2-11 of January 2009 I will be on an excursion trip to Egypt, together with a collegue and some students. We will primarily be located in Cairo, but will also travel to Alexandria.

I am especially excited about finally being able to visit Alexandria, the hometown of Philo, and to see the new Library there etc etc.

I intend to post some pictures here when I return, so you might come back and have a look at the Alexandria visit!

A happy new year to all of you.

Please update

To those of you who have links to my Resource pages for Biblical Studies, please update your reference to my institutional work association.
Since august 2005 I have been a professor at The School of Mission & Theology, Stavanger, Norway, and not Volda University College, as many of you still have on your web pages.

Philo’s Scriptures

A review has been posted on Review of Biblical Literature on
Naomi G. Cohen,
Philo’s Scriptures: Citations from the Prophets and Writings: Evidence for a Haftarah Cycle in Second Temple Judaism

Leiden: Brill, 2007, pp. xvii + 278 Cloth
The review can be read here.

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays to all, and especially to you readers of this blog!

I will have some days off now; see you in 2009!

Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy

Over at the toshunka blog of Michael Helfield I found this announcement about a conference that might be of interest to many NT scholars:


Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy
XVth World Economic History Congress

Utrecht, The Netherlands
3-7 August, 2009

“Early Christianity and the Ancient Economy” is a new international, interdisciplinary research project that seeks to delineate the relationship between early Christianity and the ancient economy in the period from Jesus to Justinian. The project comprises three sub-projects: The first sub-project involves a study of all the major aspects of the economy in the ancient world, especially the Roman Empire. The second sub-project examines first-century early Christianity both in relationship to the ancient economy and in regard to its own economic aspects. The third sub-project does the same for Christianity in the second to the fifth centuries. Paper proposals for all three sub-projects are welcomed at the Utrecht congress, which is sponsored by the International Economic History Association.

Scholars who are interested in proposing a paper should contact David B. Hollander Department of History, Iowa State University, or John T. Fitzgerald (Department of Religious Studies, University of Miami,
The Call for Papers closes on January 31, 2009 .

Sacra Scripta

Sacra Scripta
the new Romanian journal for Biblical Studies

edited by the Centre for Biblical Studies of Babes Bolyai Universität Cluj-Napoca
Chief editor: Stelian Tofana, Executive editor: Korinna Zamfir
Editorial board: Gjörgy Benyik, Ioan Chirilla, Erik Eynikel, Marius Furtuna, Hans Klein, Lehel Lszai, Ulrich Luz, Sorin Martian, Janos Molnar, Tobias Nicklas, Zoltan Olah, Joseph Verheyden

Two issues of ca 120 pages per year.

Articles are accepted in English, German, French and Italian.
Among the authors of the years 2007/08 were Ioan Chirilla, Walter Dietrich, Marco Frenschkowski, Hans Klein, Johannes Klein, Ulrich Luz, Daniel Mihoc, Vasile Mihoc, David Moessner, Tobias Nicklas, Constantin Oancea, Armand Puig y Tarrech, Stelian Tofana, Gerd Theißen, Michael Tilly, Michael Wolter, Korinna Zamfir

Subcriptions: for two issues 35 € incl. postage (in Europe) (for students 20 €). Subscribers from Eastern European countries get special prices.
Applications for subscriptions to: Anisoara Taut:
Bank account: Associatia Diatheke, Banca Transilvania, Sucursala Cluj-Napoca, B-dul Eroilor 36. Please add: For “Sacra Scripta”. IBAN: RO11BTRL01304205B80615XX

Please support the emerging Romanian Biblical Scholarship through a subscription for your library!

(I have copied this from Mark Goodacre, who posted it on behalf of Ulrich Luz.)

Greek NT still to come on Iphone

Some are more informed than others: Mark Hoffman over at Biblical Studies and Technological Tools Blog can reveal “that it is now possible to conduct searches in Greek on the beta of the Olive Tree iPhone Bible Reader,” and over at This Lamp blog there is even a screen shot on how the Greek on the Iphone looks like. It is still in Beta version, and I have found nothing about it on the company’s webpages. But it looks pretty cool, and I am looking forward to its official release. But I presume it will not be possible for me to get this new ‘toy’ for Christmas. 😦