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SBL/AAR Annual Meeting App

The SBL/AAR Annual Meeting App for iphone/Ipads is now available on Apple’s AppStore (for free).

It has not been announced on the SBL or AAR website yet, and I am not sure if it is quite finished yet. Mine froze at least once when being tested, and I could not find out how to associate events with the calendar.

As long as that doesn’t work, the app is rather useless, IMHO.




The Studia Philonica Annual XXVI 2014

The Studia Philonica Annual, Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Vol XXVI (2014) is about to be published! As usual the editors are David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, now with Sarah J.K. Pearce as Associate editor, and Ronald Fox being the Book Review editor.

The contents of this volume can be given thus:

M. David Litwa, The Deification of Moses in Philo of Alexandria
Ilaria Ramelli, Philo’s Doctrine of Apokatastasis: Philosophical Sources, Exegetical Strategies, and Patristic Aftermath
Justin M. Rogers, The Philonic and the Pauline: Hagar and Sarah in the Exegesis of  Didymus the Blind 
Frederick E. Brenk, Philo and Plutarch on the Nature of God

Gregory E. Sterling, Introduction
David Lincicum, Philo’s Library
Gregory E. Sterling, From the Thick Marshes of the Nile to the Throne of God: Moses in Ezekiel the Tragedian and Philo of Alexandria
Pura Nieto Hernández, Philo and Greek Poetry
Michael Cover, The Sun and the Chariot: the Republic and the Phaedrus as Sources for Rival Platonic Paradigms of Psychic Vision in Philo’s Biblical Commentaries

D. T. Runia, K. Berthelot, E. Birnbaum, A. C. Geljon, H. M. Keizer, J. Leonhardt-Balzer, J. P. Martín, M. R. Niehoff, S. J. K. Pearce, T. Seland, S. Weisser,

Philo of Alexandria: An Annotated Bibliography 2011
Supplement: A Provisional Bibliography 2012–2014

News and Notes


Philo seminar papers

The paper of Manuel Alexandre Jr. for the Philo Seminar at SBL Annual Meeting this fall has now been posted:
Please look for the manuscript here, and come back later to look for more:
Manuel Alexandre Jr., Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal;
Rhetorical Texture and Pattern in Philo of Alexandria’s De Decalogo (15 min)

Logos 6

Yesterday version 6 of Logos Bible Software was launched. After only two years with version 4,  they obviously found that it was due time to present an improved version; hnce version 6.

The bad thing about this version is that it requires at least Windows 7 as the operating system; hence I can only use it on one of my machines now. The good thing(s) might be the goodies they  have put into the program. I must admit, I had not yet gotten to know all the features of version 5; now I “have to” adapt to version 6. After some struggling to get in contact with the Logos server last night, I finally managed to get through, and I had the new version downloaded.

There are several ways of upgrading (see, from just getting the new motor (you have to wait a little for that), to upgrading to some (very) large (and expensive) packets. For me, the crossgrade option (to just get the new features) was the most obvious option (but it costs ca 200 dols).

Logos have an academic section, in which the members can get a packet called Biblical languages, but I did not find any info about how to upgrade this; obviously because I am not a member of their academic program now.

Logos Bible Software is so filled with various features and possibilities that it takes a lot of playing around to get familiar with it.

Congratulations to prof. Bekken!

perjarlebekkenAssoc. prof., Ph.D., Per Jarle Bekken, University of Nordland, has been evaluated by an independent committee, and the committee has recommended that he get a personal promotion to full professor!
This procedure is a part of the Norwegian system; you may achieve the status of a full professor in two ways: either by applying for/being appointed to a chair, or by getting a personal promotion. The criteria used by the relevant committees are mainly identical.

Prof. Bekken will be known by several for his studies in Philo, Paul and John. His dissertation (The word is near you: a study of Deuteronomy 30:12-14 in Paul’s Letter to the Romans in a Jewish context. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche Bd. 144. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin ), was published in 2007. In addition he has published several articles, most of them dealing with Philo and John or Paul.

And most recently this fall he has published another major study : The Lawsuit Motif in John’s Gospel from New Perspectives. Jesus Christ, Crucified Criminal and Emperor of the World (Novum Testamentum, Supplements 158; Leiden, Brill, 2014). He is also a contributor to the Reading Philo. A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria volume, for which he as written a major review article on “Philo’s Relevance for the Study of the New Testament.”

Finally; P.J. Bekken is a former doctoral student of prof. em. Peder Borgen, and now all three of his doctoral students from his time at the University of Trondheim have achieved the rank of full professor. Hence; congratulations to prof. Borgen too for excellent mentorship!

The Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting

The Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS), is freely available online from Oct 20. JJMJS is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal, published in cooperation with Eisenbrauns.

The purpose of the Journal is stated thus by the editors:

The purpose of the journal is, then,  to publish research on any topic that directly addresses or has implications for the understanding of Judaism and the Jesus movement from the first to the seventh century. We welcome the submission of studies within any of the following fields: Christian origins, New Testament studies, early Jewish studies including Philo and Josephus, the Dead Sea scrolls, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, rabbinic studies, patristics, history of ancient Christianity, reception history, and archaeology. Since methodological diversity is an important factor in interdisciplinary research, we encourage authors to apply any type of methodology that is effective for the task at hand, including but not limited to literary, rhetorical, linguistic, socio-historical, intellectual-historical, social-scientific, and archaeological approaches.

The editors are: Prof. Torleif Elgvin (NLA University College, Oslo), Prof. Paula Fredriksen (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Dr. Anders Runesson (McMaster University) and Dr. Alexei Sivertsev (DePaul University).
The first issue is available by going here.

Back on track

I have been ‘out of business’ for a couple of weeks, mainly due to some health problems, but I am now trying to get ‘back on track’. I am still not sure, however, if I will be able to go to the SBL Annual Meeting, though I would love to, but I just have to recuperate a little more before I  can make the final decision. To go to San Diego is a long trip from Norway!

I have noticed, however, that Eerdmans have now added some stuff to their advertisement of the ‘Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo book. You can now read some comments by five reviewers of the book, and you can also have a look into its contents by clicking on the Google Preview link provided on that page. I am glad to see the  comments are quite favorable to the book.