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Good News – not only for Norwegians


Some good news for my Norwegian friends and fellows and followers (but not only these): Logos Bible Software is to integrate the most recent translations from The Norwegian Bible Society. As stated on the Logos webpage: ” The 1978/85 translation, Norway’s most widely used translation, was a complete revision of previous Norwegian translations. The 2011 translation, based on the original Hebrew and Greek, became Norway’s best-selling book the same year it was released. The Norwegian Bible Collection includes Bible translations in both the primary Norwegian languages: Bokmål and Nynorsk. Each Bible includes explanatory notes, a glossary, timetables, maps, and readings for Sunday’s service.

With Logos, every word is essentially a link. Scripture references connect directly to the Bibles in your library—both the original language texts and English translations. Double-clicking any word automatically opens your lexicons to the relevant entry, making Greek and Hebrew words instantly accessible. With Logos, you can quickly move from the table of contents to your desired content and search entire volumes and collections by topic, title, or Scripture reference.”

The volumes included are the 2006 edition (containing the 1978/85 translation of the OT and the 2005 translation of the NT), and the most recent 2011 new translation of the whole Bible; both editions in both Nynorsk and Bokmål.

If you preorder the package, the price is set to 464,56 NOK (79.95 USD).

My site

After the hacking mentioned below, my site, containing, inter alia The Resource Pages for Biblical Studies (including the Philo webpage), is now in the process of being moved over to a new ‘webhotel’.
The old url/adress will not be changed: http://www.torreys.org/bible

This will take some days, but hopefully the pages will be up and going in a week or so.

The One God and the Many


My PhD student from Cameroon, Rev Ruben Ngozo – lecturer in New Testament studies, Lutheran Institute of Theology, Meiganga, Cameroon – defended his PhD thesis in a public disputation on August 24, here at The School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger -Norway.

The title of Rev Ngozo’s thesis is The One God and the Many Gods: Monotheism and Idolatry in 1 Cor 8:1-11:1 in Light of Philo’s Writings, and the thesis has been supervised by Professor Torrey Seland. External members of the doctoral committee – who also served as opponents in the public defence – were Professor Jean-Claude Loba-Mkole, United Bible Societies (Nairobi) & University of Pretoria (South Africa), and Professor Karl Olav Sandnes, Norwegian School of Theology (Oslo). The internal member of the committee has been Postdoc. Anna Rebecca Solevåg. The disputation was headed by Prorector for research Knut Holter. A summary of the thesis is available here.

Hacking

My private homepage, http://www.torreys.org, has been hacked, and the webpage provider has closed the pages. This influences the access to both my more private pages as my homepage an CV page but also the access to Resource Pages for Biblical Studies, including the resourcepage to Philo of Alexandria.
It looks like the hackers have done a thorough job, and I am considering moving over to another webpage provider.
Any suggestion where to look for a better webhotel/webpage provider?

This World and the World to Come

Daniel M. Gurtner, ed., This World and the World to Come. Soteriology in Early Judaism. Library of Second Temple Studies 74; London:T & T Clark International A Continuum imprint, 2011. xix+364 pages. ISBN 978-0-567-02838-9. Price £ 70.

“Did authors of Second Temple texts concern themselves with ‘salvation’? If so, on what terms? What does one need ‘salvation’ from? Are the parameters of who is included in or excluded from ‘salvation’ defined?” What is the ‘content’ of salvation? These are some of the questions the various contributors in this book deal with.
The volume consists of a total of 17 contributions; each dealing with some selected works and authors from Second Temple Judaism. With the exception of the Book of Daniel, no texts from the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament are dealt with. However, the Book of Judith and the Psalms of Salomon, present in the Septuagint, are included. Not only single books, but also a range of books from a particular author (Philo), or from specific milieus and/or traditions (Dead Sea Scrolls; Rabbinics) are investigated. The books/authors dealt with are divided into six groups: I) Narratives (Judith,3 Maccabees, Pseudo-Philo’s Biblical Antiquities); II) Apocalypses (Book of Daniel; Apocalypse of Abraham; 4 Ezra; 2 Baruch; 2 Enoch); III) A set of some Psalms (Psalms of Solomon); IV) Philosophical texts (Philo of Alexandria; Wisdom of Solomon); V) Dead Sea Scrolls (Pescharim; Jubilee; 1QS/4QS), and VI) Rabbinic texts.
I will have a review out on this book in the upcoming volume of Studia Philonica (Nov 2012.)