SBL 2013

SBL Annual Meeting is soon over; busy, intense, innspiring, frustrating, encouraging, informative, and long days. sBL Annual meeting has everything.
Trying to recall how many times I had attended, I got to 15 times. Hm, didnt think it was that many.
Things have changed over these twenty or somewhat years;
-when I started, almost all men wore suits; now you see a great variety of outfits,
– back in the early nineties, there were not many PhD students presenting papers; now there are a lot,
– back then, we were ca 6000, now about 10000.
– back then, not that many non-americans, now many from all over the world ( though not all americans seem to remember that when they are lecturing…)
– back then, not many video projectors in the lecturing rooms, now many more, but still many more ought to use them, etc.

A strange thing about the concention Center in Baltimore was the lack of wireless access; only around the starbucks did we have wireless access. Somewhat irritating not having access in the lecture rooms.

On the other hand, it is still nice to meet people, listening to lectures, and perusing the book booths….
At the same time, i have probably never bought as few books as this year (only eight….); The digital versions are taking over, and my bookshelves back home are already filled up.

Then, tomorrow we are heading home, after 10 days in the US; good old Norway, here we come…..

The Philo Loeb edition on Logos?

The Logos Bible Software already contains a Greek text of Philo and the old translation by Yonge, but now they are planning to incorporate the Loeb edition, that is, both its English translation and Greek text too.
Great News!
You can check out this offer here:
For the moment they are presenting it as a community pricing. What that is, you can read about here.

Festschrift for Andreas Lindemann

LindemannMohr Siebeck is Publishing another great Festskrift, this time in honor of Andreas Lindemann, at his 70th birthday:

Paulus – Werk und Wirkung. Festschrift für Andreas Lindemann zum 70. Geburtstag. Hrsg. v. Paul-Gerhard Klumbies u. David S. du Toit, unter Mitwirk. v. Torsten Jantsch u. Nils Neumann
2013. XII, 823 pages.  — forthcoming in October 2013

The volume, published in German, contains 32 articles written by internationally renowned scholars on the work and the impact of Paul. The list  of contents can be viewed here.

One article is dealing also with Philo, and as articles published in festschriften are often not that easy to find, I give the  full info here:

Judith M. Gundry: 1 Cor 7:5b in the Light of a Hellenistic-Jewish Tradition on Abstinence to “Devote Leisure”. Sufficiency in Paul and Philo

I have not seen the volume yet, but I would be surprised if not also the following study would in some way also touch upon the Works of Philo: Friedrich Wilhelm Horn: Paulus und die Kardinaltugenden
The volume comprises 840 pages, and the price is just as massive: € 164 //ca 225 USD.

Studia Philonica Annual XXV, 2013 is on its way!

The Studia Philonica Annual XXV, 2013 is on its way, and in fact is being published these days. I have not received my copy yet; it use to take some time to get to Norway…..

This year the Annual also can celebrate their 25 years – a silver anniversary! As their editors are saying in a brief note in the forthcoming issue – and I quote it With approaval; “The first volume was published in 1989 by Scholars Press as volume 185 of Brown Judaic Series. It was a continuation of the earlier journal Studia Philonica, of which six issues were published in the years 1971–1980. In the past quarter of a century the Annual has served as a valued vehicle and instrument for Research on Philo and Hellenistic Judaism. Through its articles, special sections, bibliographical section and book reviews, it has provided scholars with up-to-date information on developments in studies on Philo and his wider context, and in so doing has made a huge contribution to Philo studies world-wide.”

The issue of this year will present these studies:


M. Jason Reddoch, Enigmatic Dreams and Onirocritical Skill in De Somniis 2  page 1ff
Nicole L. Tilford, “After the Ways of Women”: the Aged Virgin in Philo’s Transformation of the Philosophical, page 17ff
Olivier Munnich, Δορυφορεῖν, δορυφόρος: l’image de la «garde» chez Philon d’Alexandrie, page 41ff
David Lincicum, Aeschylus in Philo, Anim. 47 and QE 2.6,  page 65ff

Special section: Philo’s ancient readers
Gregory E. Sterling, Introduction., page  69ff
James R. Royse, Did Philo Publish His Works? page  75
Gregory E. Sterling, “A Man of the Highest Repute”: Did Josephus Know the Writings of Philo?, page  101
Jennifer Otto, Philo, Judaeus? A Re-evaluation of Why Clement Calls Philo “the Pythagorean” page  115ff

David Lincicum, A Preliminary Index to Philo’s Non–Biblical Citations and Allusions, page    139ff,
and then the Bibliographies, worth the price of the volume alone!

Blog readings

Establishment Violence in Philo and Luke

I note with pleasure that my dissertation, published in 1995, is still being referred to from time to time; this time I stumbled over a blog post by Larry Hurtado, posted in 2012: Cloaks and Violence: A New Proposal on Acts 7:58.

Accordance for Windows

The famous Bible software for Mac, Accordance, is now available for use on Windows PC too; look for further info here:

New SBL font

TheSociety of Biblical Literature is pleased to announce the newest font in the SBLfonts series,
SBL BibLit. This font contains Latin, Greek, and Hebrew characters,including the characters suitable for the transliteration of Ancient Near Eastern andMediterranean languages. When combined with appropriate software keyboards, SBLBibLit allows for the use of one font for all biblical languages. This release is of a reg
ular weight only; italic and bold weights will not be released at this time. Read more here.