Philo texts in Bible Software

The last decades have seen an almost revolutionary development in the production and use of personal computers. Modern PCs, LapTops, reading devices like Ipad®, Android tablets and even smartphones have been developed to prove themselves  to be really great auxiliary means for serious students; the modern strong processors, internet access and the huge storage possibilities have made them excellent means for handling great amount of texts, as e.g., the texts of Philo.

Here is a list of where to find Philo in modern Bible Software programs:

Accordance© (, is a program for MacIntosch©* machines. Accordance 10 for Windows was available in 2013. They also have applets for Ipad©* and Iphone©*. Philo’s Greek texts and Yonge’s translation can be bought as an add on, or as included in a larger package. See here.

BibleWorks© ( is for Windows PC’s; Mac users require additional virtualization software. It claims to be “a tightly integrated collection of Bible software tools designed specifically for scholarly analysis of the Bible text.” Philo’s Greek texts and Yonge’s translation are included in the base package from Version 8 on.

Olive Tree, the Bible Study app, is available for a variety of platforms. It has Yonge’s translation of Philo’s works available as a free option, but the Greek texts of Philo are (not yet) included among their resources.

Logos Bible Software© (, was made for Windows PC’s, but they now also have a Mac version. Those who buy a package, will also have the works included available on Ipad©* and Iphone©*, and via a webversion. In addition, in 2011 Logos also started Vyrso©*, a reader accessory for Ipad, Ipod touch and Iphone for Logos Bible Software desktop application users. Logos is probably the program having the widest range of literature available in their packages.

Philo’s Greek texts and Yonge’s translation are included in some packages, and can also be bought separately. In addition Logos has accessible several other works dealing with Philo: see here.


On January 30., there will be an interesting seminar at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo.
The purpose of the seminar is to introduce and discuss some of the new approaches that have changed New Testament studies in recent years, and at the same time present  them in a way that is accessible to non-specialists. Norwegian scholars have been active in this development, and have participated internationally in many areas. The speakers are Norwegian and international specialists in their areas.

The targeted audience, beyond members of the Academy, are scholars and advanced students in theology and religion at Norwegian universities and colleges.

The format of the seminar is a 30 mins presentation followed by 20 mins discussion.

9:00. Welcome by professor Svein Aage Christoffersen, Chair of the Religion and Theology Group.

Chair Professor Halvor Moxnes
9:15. Professor Karl Olav Sandnes, Norwegian School of Theology: “Eudocia’s Homeric Gospel: The Gethsemane Scene as an Example.”
10:05. Professor Marianne Bjelland Kartzow, University of Oslo: “Acts 16 and Intersectional Dilemmas of Text and Interpretation.

11:00. Break.

11:30:  Dr. Ward Blanton, Reader, University of Kent, UK
(TBA  Paul among modern Philosophers )

12:30: Lunch

Chair Professor Karl Olav Sandnes
13:30. Professor Reidar Hvalvik, Norwegian School of Theology
Caravaggio as interpreter of the New Testament.”
14:30. Dr. Jonathan Birch, Glasgow University
Biblical Miracles and the ‘Critical’ Reader: Radical Proposals in 18th Century Britain and 19th Century Germany.

15:30: Coffee break.

16:00. Comments from Professor Anders Runesson, MacMaster University/University of Oslo, and general discussion.
17:00. End.



Meld deg på til seminaret og lunsjen ved å sende en e-post til
Frist for melde seg på er 22. januar 2015



After a long time away from my blogging, partly due to a heavy cold (been barking like a dog for weeks), I’m recovering, and am back at my desk and PC.

As a new year has begun, it’s time to look forward to see what  conferences are coming up in 2015. For us living in the Nordic countries, this is one that should be especially relevant:

Nordic New Testament Conference (May 29-June 2, 2015)

This conference is not an annual one; usually it is held every third or even fourth year in one of the Nordic countries; this time in Århus, Denmark. The Call for Papers are closed, but registration is open untill April 15.

The main speakers will be:

  • Paula Fredriksen, Jerusalem: “Paul, the Apostle of Judaizing
  • Runar M. Thorsteinsson, Reykjavik: “Jesus, the Philosopher”
  • Petri Luomanen, Helsinki: “Judaism and Anti-Judaism in Apocryphal Gospels
  • Ole Davidsen, Aarhus: “The Story and its Emotions: Narrative Genre, Human Passion, and New Testament Religion
  • James Kelhoffer, Uppsala: “The Reception of Biblical Traditions in Second Clement
  • Turid Karlsen Seim, Oslo/Rome: “End without End: Textual and Hermeneutical Reflection on the Gospel Endings as Aborted Closure

and there will be seminars focusing on The Radical New Perspective on PaulJesus and the GospelsNew Testament Traditions in the Context of Early JudaismEmotions in the New TestamentThe Reception of Biblical Traditions, and Ideological Criticism and Hermeneutics in New Testament Studies.



Scholars writing on Philo

Inncluded in the setup of my Resosurce Pages for Biblical Studies I have tried to make a list of current scholars who are working on Philo and have some publications out dealing with Philo, his works and ideas.

Go here to see the present list of scholars.

I am, however, aware of the fact that I have not been able to include all of those that deserve to be included, and I thus ask for your help: have a look at my present list, and see if there are someone you know that are missing (whether that be yourself or someone else….).

Please send me a note (torreys ((at)), informing me about the name, and preferable, the webpage of the person(s) you find missing.

Thanks for your help.

Jan 6: List of scholars updated, but still have room for more names.


Happy  New  Year to all readers.

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has been somewhat tough to cope with as I cought a severe cold, and have been barking like a dog for a couple of weeks now. I am slowly recovering, but I am glad that I am not to lecture in the coming days as my throat  still needs some more rest.

See you in my next posting!