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BibleReader

The Olive Tree Bible Software company has launched a new version of the BibleReader program; now we have available version 5.0

The program works on several kinds of smartphones; my experiences are related to Iphone and Ipad. And I like the program very much.

Here is some of what is prominent in this version:

  • Verse Chooser – navigate quickly to any verse in the Bible
  • Offline Access – Bibles are stored on your phone, not dependent on a network connection
  • Advanced Search – look up every occurrence of a word in every book of the Bible
    Versified Commentaries – switch to the commentary of your choice linked directly to any verse you are studying
  • Split-Screen Reading* – view Bible and reference works simultaneously as you study
  • Hyperlinked Notes – cross-references or Strong’s numbers available with one touch
  • Personal Notes* – can be accessed by verse in any Bible version across your library

* Not all the features might be available in all phones.

BibleReader’s split-screen reading makes commentary or other Bible reference works instantly available as you read – the two screens are linked so your commentary is always open to the right verse. Or you can use split screens to read two different Bible translations side-by-side.
Many Bibles have additional information like textual notes, cross-references, or Strong’s numbers. BibleReader includes hyperlinked notes that are available with one touch.

Bu they don’t have Philo in Greek available yet,- as far as I know. I hope he also will be added.

Review StPhA 2008

The last issues published by Review of Biblical Literature also contained a review of the Studia Philonica Annual XX from 2008:

The Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Volume XX
Sterling, Gregory E. and David T. Runia, editors
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008 pp. viii + 258. $42.95

The book was reviewed by James E. Bowley. Contrary to many other reviews, he does not comment as much as he just describes the various articles contained in the volume. Hence for those who have not seen the volume, his descriptions might be interesting.

Studia Philonica Annual 2010

The last issue of Studia Philonica has arrived on my desk:
The Studia Philonica Annual
Studies in Hellensitic Judaism Vol XXII. 2010
Edited by David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling
Society of Biblical Literature, Atlanta 2010. 326 pages.

As always, there are a lot of good articles on Philo, as well as some extensive book reviews, and a Bibliography of Philonic Studies 2007.

The complete list of contents of this volume runs like this:
ARTICLES
Ekaterina Matusova, Allegorical Interpretation of the Pentateuch
in Alexandria: Inscribing Aristobulus and Philo in a Wider Literary
Context…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
Tatjana Alekniené, L’«extase mystique» dans la tradition platonicienne:
Philon d’Alexandrie et Plotin …………………………………………………………… 53

SPECIAL SECTION: PHILO’S DE AGRICULTURA
Gregory E. Sterling, Philo’s De Agricultura: Introduction………………….. 83
David T. Runia, The structure of Philo’s allegorical treatise
De Agricultura…………………………………………………………………………………… 87
James R. Royse, Some Observations on the Biblical Text in Philo’s
De Agricultura…………………………………………………………………………………… 111
David Konstan, Of Two Minds: Philo On Cultivation…………………………. 131

SPECIAL SECTION: PHILO’S THE HYPOTHETICA
Gregory E. Sterling, The Hypothetica: Introduction ……………………………. 139
Dulcinea Boesenberg, Philo’s Descriptions of Jewish Sabbath
Practice…………………………………………………………………………………………….. 143
Horacio Vela, Philo and the Logic of history …………………………………….. 165
Michael Cover, Reconceptualizing Conquest: Colonial Narratives and
Philo’s Roman Accuser in the Hypothetica………………………………………… 183

BIBLIOGRAPHY SECTION
D. T. Runia, K. Berthelot, E. Birnbaum, A. C. Geljon, H. M. Keizer,
J. Leonhardt-Balzer, J. P. Martín, M. R. Niehoff, T. Seland,
Philo of Alexandria: An Annotated Bibliography 2007…………………….. 209
Supplement: A Provisional Bibliography 2008–2010……………………………. 257

BOOK REVIEW SECTION
Tessa Rajak, Translation and Survival: The Greek Bible of the Ancient Jewish
Diaspora
Reviewed by Pieter W. van der Horst………………………………………….. 269
Manfred Landfester, with Brigitte Egger, eds., Geschichte der antiken
Texte: Autoren- und Werklexikon. Der neue Pauly.
Reviewed by James R. Royse …………………………………………………………… 272
Contents
viii
José Pablo Martín (ed.), Filón de Alejandría. Obras Completas I
Reviewed by Manuel Alexandre Jr………………………………………………. 276
José Pablo Martín (ed.), Filón de Alejandría. Obras Completas V
Reviewed by Manuel Alexandre Jr………………………………………………. 280
Sarah J. K. Pearce, The Land of the Body: Studies in Philo’s
Representation of Egypt
Reviewed by Gregory E. Sterling …………………………………………………. 282
Martin Goodman, Judaism in the Roman World: Collected Essays,
Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations
Reviewed by René Bloch………………………………………………………………… 286
Jean Riaud (ed.), Les élites dans le monde biblique
Reviewed by Katell Berthelot……………………………………………………… 290
Per Jarle Bekken, The Word is Near You: A Study of Deuteronomy
30:12–14 in Paul’s Letter to the Romans in a Jewish Context
Reviewed by Craig Keener…………………………………………………………….. 292
George H. van Kooten, Paul’s Anthropology in Context: the Image of God,
Assimilation to God, and Tripartite Man in Ancient Judaism, Ancient
Philosophy and Early Christianity
Reviewed by Gregory E. Sterling …………………………………………………. 294
Emma Wasserman, The Death of the Soul in Romans 7: Sin, Death and
the Law in Light of Hellenistic Moral Psychology
Reviewed by John T. Conroy, Jr…………………………………………………….. 298
Kenneth L. Schenck, Cosmology and Eschatology in Hebrews:
The Settings of the Sacrifice
Reviewed by Harold W. Attridge ………………………………………………… 302
Peter C. Bouteneff, Beginnings. Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical
Creation Narratives
Reviewed by Alison G. Salvesen …………………………………………………… 305
Sabrina Inowlocki, Eusebius and the Jewish Authors: His Citation
Technique in an Apologetic Context
Reviewed by David T. Runia ………………………………………………………….. 307

Dictionary of Early Judaism

This very recently published one-volume Handbook arrived at my desk a couple of weeks ago:
The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism. Edited by John J. Collins & Daniel C. Harlow (Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, Mi., 2010). xxxvii + 1360 pages. $ 95.

The Dictionary is composed of 13 longer articles (pp. 1-290), and then a lot of smaller typical Dictionary of handbook articles and notes (in fact: 520 alphabetical entries, including 130 illustrations). The publisher provides a list of the major articles here.

As for the favorite focus of this blog, one might pinpoint that Philo of Alexandria has received a 6 pages large general entry, written by Gregory E. Sterling, a three page entry on Philo, Allegorical Commentary,, written by Maren R. Niehoff, a 1,5 page entry on Philo, Apologetic treatises (by Sterling), a two pages long entry on Philo, Exposition of the Law (by Niehoff), a two pages long entry on Philo, Philosophical Writings (by Annewies van den Hoek), and finally a ca 1,5 page long entry on Philo, Questions and Answers on Genesis and Exodus (By David T. Runia). A total of 15 pages (pp. 1063-1080). In addition, he is of course mentioned in several other entries that deal with various topics, as e.g., on allegory (pp. 323-324); Greek philosophy (p. 699), and Ascent to Heaven (p.389).

This volume will surely prove itself useful to both pastors and students, and the bibliographies after each entry enhance its value. An index at the end, however, is missing.