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Digitalizing the Loeb editions (II)

philo loebAs mentioned in a brief posting in last November, Logos is now working on digitalizing and making available  with their Logos Bible Software, Logos 5, several of the volumes of  The Loeb Classical Edition.
So far- from info gathered on their website – it looks like the folks at Logos.com are working on too many of the volumes to list them all here. But you might have a closer look by checking out these pages.
Some of the works are still gathering interest, while others are underdevelopment.

Among the latter, one might mention

Some of the Loeb sets are also already available for downloading, like e.g., Clement of AlexandriaHomers Iliad and Odyssey, Select works of Virgil, and some more.

Digitalizing Loeb editions (I)

Scholars who have dealt with the so-called classical Greek and/or Latin texts from Antiquity will know  The Loeb Classical Library; the small green volumes containing Greek texts and the read ones containing Latin texts are well-known and dear to most scholars in the fields concerned here. And those interested in Philo will most probably have used the Colson/Whitaker edition of Philo’s texts contained in 10 +2 small green volumes. It has been said that the volumes were made small so they could fit into a scholar’s pocket; now you can soon have not only one but all the volumes in your pocket, because the The Loeb Classsical Library is getting to be digitalized!

The Harvard University Press now announces that The Loeb Classical Library digitalized will be presented and be available in late fall 2014! On the link provided on the line above this, you will find more information. They assert that with the digital version you will be able to:

  • Read every Loeb volume in print, including biannual additions
  • Toggle between single- and dual-language reading modes
  • Browse works and volumes of the library by author, language, period, form, genre, and subject
  • Search across the full Loeb corpus in English, Latin, and Greek
  • Bookmark, organize, and annotate content in personal digital workspaces
  • Share notes and reading lists with classmates, students, and colleagues

They do not tell you, alas, what the price will be, and if there will different packages containing various sets of volumes, or if you have to buy volume by volume.

Nevertheless, this is a major achievement, and surely something to be welcomed.

 

The Stavanger International Conference

disability

The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion 7-9 May 2014 aims to promote discussions within the fields of theology and religious studies that focus on illness and disability.

Disability studies, Dignity studies and other interdisciplinary approaches are fairly new approaches in these fields. These perspectives have, however, become important avenues for new insights. Within the field of Biblical Studies, we have seen several edited volumes and monographs that engage with Disability Studies and apply this approach on the biblical texts. Within systematic theology we have seen constructive attempts at creating a disability theology. Within religious studies, we have seen engagements with issues such as the intersection of religion, disability, literature and art, and the intersection of environmental crisis and disability. Further investigations are nevertheless called for and should be encouraged.
The program for the conference is now set and we believe the conference will offer an exciting opportunity to address and discuss a wide range of issues from many perspectives. We are honored to have several keynote speakers who will address disability, illness and religion issues from various points of view. We have also received many abstracts within a wide variety of fields.
In order to register for the conference, click here.
To see the brochure for the  conference, click here.

Language learning and Bible Software

Almost about 4 years ago, I had a posting discussing the future of Hebrew in theological curriculums; see   Exit learning Hebrew?. I did not draw any firm conclusions, just presenting some pro and contra arguments.

Now we have a group of at least three fabulous Bible Software programs (Accordance, Bibleworks and Logos Bible Software), that should make us rethink not only how we teach the Biblical languages, but also what such programs might represent to our present students, and perhaps not at least what help they can offer when our students go out and start working in the parishes.

I don’t use to quote extensively from other blogs or colleagues’ writings, but this time I would like to present some input by quoting extensively from a brief article by Joel B. Green, published in Fuller, Theology, News & Notes:

“I think about . . .  working with biblical languages. What difference should it make to the way we prepare Christian leaders for working with biblical texts that we now have shelves full of commentaries that work with Greek and Hebrew, numerous lexical aids on which to draw, and Bible software on our computers? What difference does it make that I can access many of those tools from web-supported devices that I can wear on my belt and carry into an adult education class or into the local coffee shop? In the last couple of decades, the world of biblical study has been revolutionized. Should we continue to use slide rules? Will we allow graphing calculators? Should the way we prepare students for working with Scripture change on account of the increasing availability of tools that do so much of the heavy lifting for us?

When entering the office of a pastor or teacher, I invariably survey the books. And I find myself looking for the placement of this pastor’s Greek New Testament, her copy of the Greek-English lexicon, and maybe even the companion Hebrew Bible and Hebrew-English lexicon. Most of the time, those books are present and accounted for, but they are across the room from her desk, and are older editions, versions of those texts current when she was in seminary. It is hard not to conclude that work in the original languages, required in seminary, has not been her constant companion since graduation. Can we prepare students for working with Scripture in the original languages in ways that actually make a difference long-term? Might the increased availability of language-based tools assist us in this work?

It is true, of course, that some of our students and graduates want and need advanced expertise in the biblical languages. Fuller Seminary has been and wants continually to be a school whose graduates contribute to biblical and theological scholarship at the highest level. Advanced work with the biblical languages for such people is simply a prerequisite, and Fuller Seminary will continue to provide language instruction that serves the church in this way.

It is also true that not all of our students are called to contribute to biblical and theological scholarship at the highest level. What capacity for working with Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible is needed for the community worker in San Jose, California, or the pastor in San José, Costa Rica? For such Christian leaders, we are mapping an alternative route, one that accounts for the technological advances that are changing our lives in so many ways. Rather than asking them to devote long hours to flipping endless vocabulary cards and memorizing verb charts, we show them how they might immediately access that information and then how to use that information as they work through a biblical text. The bottom line is that basic information about a term is readily available—number, case, and the like; what is needed, then, is instruction and practice around what to do, what exegetical judgments to make, once this information is in hand. Those students and graduates will be able to work easily with original language tools like Bible-study software, lexicons, and resources like the Word Biblical Commentary. And, we trust, they will continue to do so throughout their ministries.”

I quote this with approval, but I have a certain feeling, that we are just at the beginning of exploring what Biblical Software might represent for both our curriculums, our teaching and learning,- and for our students and their future work as pastors.

A Handbook to Philo

I have been working as an editor (and writer of 3 chapters) on a volume to be published as “Why Read Philo? And How? A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria.”  The manuscript was submitted ca a year ago, and now I finally saw it listed in the publisher’s web catalogue: you can see it here:  Eerdmans.

The volume is said to be published in August this year.

Several scholars have been engaged in writing some very interesting, relevant and valuable introductory chapters on Why and How study Philo: Per Jarle Bekken, Peder Borgen and me from Norway, Erkki Koskenniemi and Karl-Gustav Sandelin from Finland, Ellen Birnbaum, Adele Reinhartz and Gregory E. Sterling from the USA, and David T. Runia, now in Australia.

I will present the volume and its contents more fully in a later posting.