All the SBL Philo Seminar Papers

are now posted on my website and are thus now accessible and downloadable here. As stated by several, the present versions of these papers are preliminary versions; you are allowed to download or read online, but they are not to be quoted publicly in any ways without the permission of the author concerned.

If you are to participate in the SBL Philo seminar in San Diego, you can now have all the papers accessible on your laptop or tablet in the seminar. As mentioned earlier,  the papers are not to be read in the sessions, just summarized and then discussed.

For those of you  not participating, you will nevertheless be able to read and study what the sessions in the 2014 Philo Seminar will discuss.

For further information on Philo of Alexandria, see the resources listed in the right column on my Resource page.  Those wanting further information are encouraged to have a look at the most recently  published introduction to Philo: Reading Philo.

A NotaBene special offer

notabene10I have been informed that in connection with the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, Nota Bene is offered at a very special price. New users can purchase NB 10 at 25% off through the end of the year. If they purchase by November 25, they also get the Lingua module (support for Hebrew, Greek, Cyrillic and Arabic) for free. This is a great offer for members of these societies.and their friends. Just follow one of the links below to get further information:

With a free Lingua in addition to 25% off, this is probably one of the best prices they have ever offered. This price is available to anyone who orders through any of these pages.

New Papers for the SBL Philo Seminar

One more paper for the SBL Annual Meeting Philo Seminar has beeen posted. This time we present

  • Abraham Terian’s paper on The Armenian Textual Tradition of Philo’s De Decalogo.

Update Nov 17: Two new papers added:
Maren R. Niehoff, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Philo’s Rationalisation of the Jewish Law in Greco-Roman Context.

Daniel R. Streett, Durham University
Philo’s Exegesis of the Biblical Festival Laws: Arithmology, Askesis, and Imitatio Dei

You can access the papers here.

Two new Phd Research Fellowships,Norway

Phd Research Fellowships, Theology of Mission and Religious Studies

The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will start up a four years research project on how migrants establish and create meanings in their encounters with Norwegian society (in particular Norwegian Christian traditions and the Norwegian welfare system). Linked to this project, two PhD Research Fellowship positions are now open: one in Theology of Mission and one in Religious Studies, both starting up August 1, 2015.

The MHS invites applications to two PhD Research Fellowship positions, one in Theology of Mission and one in Religious Studies. Both positions are linked to a research project directed by Professor Tomas Sundnes Drønen and Associate Professor Kari Storstein Haug: Cracks and in-betweens: Investigating religious and cultural gaps between the secular and the sacred.

For further info, see here.

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, History of Christianity in China

The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will August 1, 2015, start up a research project on the Chinese—Norwegian encounter that took place in connection with the activity of The Norwegian Missionary Society (NMS) in the province of Hunan, China, in the period from 1902 to 1951. Linked to this project, a research position is now open: either 1 PhD Research Fellowship or 1 Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in History of Christianity, starting up August 1, 2015.

The MHS invites applications to a position—either a PhD Research Scholarship or a Postdoctoral Research Scholarship—in History of Christianity. The position is linked to the research project Communication, Conflict and Cooperation: Chinese-Norwegian Encounters in Hunan, 1900-1950, directed by PhD Kristin Fjelde Tjelle and Professor Odd Magne Bakke.

For further info, se here.

More Philo Seminar papers

3 more papers ( by Francis, Pearce and Royse), for the Philo Seminar at the SBL Annual Meeting have been posted today; you can access them here:

Furthermore, Yedidya Etzion’s paper is reposted, and Manuel Alexandre’s paper has been available for some time. Hence a total of 5 papers (of ten) are now available.

Please be patient if the server is a little slow; the papers can be saved and/or printed, but please respect the authors’ copyrights.


The Book is here! :)

blogbildeToday I received a package from Eerdmans, containing the book: Reading Philo!

It is very satisfying to be able to see the volume, and know that it will be available at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting this year.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend that meeting this year. I had hoped to be able to do so, but have ‘to throw in the towel’ and stay at home.

I wish to thank all the contributors to this volume, hoping that they also will be happy for the result of our common efforts to make Philo interesting, relevant and readable for more readers to come.