New URL for TLG

The cryptic reference in the headline above refers to the fact that the site for Textus Lingua Graaecae (TLG) has received a new address, a new URL; now you can find the TLG at

Those who have worked with the ancient Greec literature, Philo included, will – hopefully – know the TLG. It is a tremendous source for searching and reading the ancient Greek literature between ca. 600 BCE and 600 CE.

The TLG Director says about the new site:

We are delighted to announce the release of the new TLG web site. Equipped with an expanded search engine and a host of new features, the new TLG represents a marked change from the earlier version.

Canon and text searches have been redesigned and expanded and new tools have been added. Included in this release are n-grams and statistical analysis, two research projects that we will continue to develop for years to come.

The new site will run concurrently with the previous version to allow users time to explore the new features.

Have a look at the site yourself; at the page you can read about the history of the TLG and a lot of other interesting info; and you can also go to the search function.


Facebook and NT studies

As a follow up on my former posting on Facebook and Religious Studies, I would like to point to some interesting pages related to the study of the Bible, or rather, to the study of the New Testament. As in the former case, if you don’t know these pages, you must log in to FB and then search for them via the search engine on the top of the FB page.

European Association of Biblical Studies

EABS is open to all scholars and students of the Bible. It organizes research groups, supports a graduate network and holds an annual conference, usually in early August, at different locations in Europe.
A particular aim of the association is to encourage the flow of scholarship between European countries and especially to make it easier for scholars and students in Central and Eastern Europe to participate with their colleagues in Western Europe and beyond in the exchange of knowledge and ideas.
Members will receive a regular newsletter and are invited to share information about conferences, academic positions and general news about biblical scholarship.

Closed group.   751 members. Invited by e-mail.

Society for New Testament Study

This in a informal page for everyone being interested in New Testament studies. For information and inspiration. Please only post academic litterature and issues.

990 members

Society of Biblical Literature

The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.

The Society’s mission to foster biblical scholarship is a simple, comprehensive statement that encompasses the Society’s aspirations. Our vision is to offer members opportunities for mutual support, intellectual growth, and professional development.

New Testament Scholarship Worldwide

The name of our group is New Testament Scholarship Worldwide. We are an academic discussion group. We do NOT give out scholarships or financial aid for study. Posts should pertain to the academic study of the New Testament. Any posts that are irrelevant to the study of the New Testament or are not academic in nature will not be approved. Anyone attempting to post irrelevant material will be removed from the group immediately. For more information, read our statement of purpose, description, and guidelines under “About”.

6209 members.   Closed group.

New Testament Textual Criticism

This is not a group for general questions about the New Testament. It is a group for students ofthe specialized field of New Testament Textual Criticism. We are pleased to have a number of high profile text critics eager to comment on tc issues who participate on this page. Out of courtesy to each other, we generally do not allow comments unrelated to tc, although in some cases tc overlaps with other disciplines. For other areas of biblical studies, participants are encouraged to post on other Facebook pages.

345 members.

Society of Biblical Literature Christian Apocrypha Section

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171 members.            Public group.

Biblical Archaeology

A forum for modern scholarly approaches to studying the world of the Bible and the Biblical text itself. These include archaeology, Semitic philology, literary and form criticism, etc. Despite the religious significance of the Bible, modern Bible scholarship has little to do with traditional religious interpretation. Rather, it seeks to discover the Bible’s ancient cultural context and its original meaning as intended by its authors. In order to do so, it must explore the world surrounding ancient Israel, from Mesopotamia to the Aegean, from Egypt to Anatolia, and even farther afield. Please contribute any knowledge or ideas you have regarding this topic, or feel free to pose a question. In the words of the Deuteronomist: hazak ve’ematz!

3269 members.    Public Group.

The British New Testament Society

The British New Testament Society seeks to promote research of the New Testament and related writings. This FB is associated with the BNTS.

717 members.     Public group.

New Testament Greek Club

Know Greek? Learning Greek? Want to learn? This is the place to share and find resources (or Maybe you’re a resource yourself) on NT Koine Greek.

Membership: As of 9/1/2014 if you would like to be added to the group please message me with a very short explanation of why you want to join.
Thank you, Tyler Archibald

834 members.      Public group.

Well, thats my preferences; any others who want to supply the list?

Facebook and Religious Studies

There are many opinions out there about Facebook (FB); some spend much too much time on it (and they admit that), some are dependent on a daily basis (and they deny it), others (so they at least say) can abstain from it, others (so they say), are not even inscribed as members.

I, for my self, must admit that once being a member, it is hard to quit. Hence I try to make the best out of it. I have namely discovered that there are several very interesting groups, focusing on interesting religious, even Biblical topics, in a scholarly way. Here is some groups I can recommend (you can find them by logging in and using the search function at the top of the FB page):

Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamentum

The program unit’s general description is to read and discuss ancient Greek materials that provide insight into the literary and religious worlds of early Christianity and to read and discuss papers that analyze early Christian texts in dialogue with Hellenistic materials.

228 members.

ALMMG – Ancient Levant and Mediterranean multidisciplinary Gathering

ALMMG is a gathering of archaeologists,
historians and multidisciplinary scientists interested in the ancient Near East, Levant and Mediterranean, and in the study of archeo-industry. The essence of the gathering is to form a free, social-professional network, sharing data and views, and encouraging scientific discussions and cooperation among members, through interdisciplinary collaboration.
ALMMG is a forum for individuals, scholars and graduate students, practicing in ancient Levantine and Mediterranean prehistory and history, and in the various disciplines involved in the study of ancient history and archaeology.

2359 members.

This group is closed; one have to apply for membership by writing one of the administrators.

Enoch Seminar: Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins

This is a scholarly page devoted to the study of ancient Judaism. The Enoch Seminar ( was born in 2001. Its goal is to bring together international specialists in Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins. We have four major activities: (1) the biennial Enoch Seminar (with its Proceedings); (2) the biennial Enoch Graduate Seminar; (3) the biennial Nangeroni Meetings; (4) “4 Enoch: The Online Encyclopedia of Second Temple Judaism and Christian Origins”

Public group;  58 members.

IOQS – International Organization for Qumran Studies

The International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS) is an international collaboration platform for scholars in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls studies. The IOQS was founded in the summer of 1989 in Groningen at an international conference. The website of the IOQS is hosted by the Groningen Qumran Institute. Eibert Tigchelaar of the K.U.Leuven is Executive secretary of the IOQS.

Public group.  436 members

However, The IOQS facebook group was established as a forum for communication among active scholars in the field of Dead Sea Scrolls Studies. Requests by non-specialists to join the group will be considered on the basis of demonstrated interest in the academic study of the Scrolls and related literature. If you would like to be considered for membership in the facebook group, but are not a published author in this field, then you may write to group admin to request such consideration.

History of Religions

History of Religions’ group deals with the scientific study of religions in order to emphasize as many perspectives as possible within this field of study.

Closed group. 1311 members.

A few comments:

These are the 5 religious FB groups I am most familiar with; there might be several others; write a comment if you want to pinpoint some others.

All of these groups are meant for scholarly discussions; as you see, some of them are even closed to non.members. But for all of them it will be that participants are expected to have some sort of scholarly education or even expertise.

Next posting will be about FB groups related to the study of the Bible, especially the New Testament. Stay tuned!  🙂

New Journal

RRE-U1Mohr Siebeck is launching a new journal this year that might be of interest to some of you:

Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE)

The publisher presents it thus:

“Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE) is bold in the sense that it intends to further and document new and integrative perspectives on religion in the Ancient World combining multidisciplinary methodologies. Starting from the notion of “lived religion” it will offer a space to take up recent, but still incipient, research to modify and cross the disciplinary boundaries of History of Religion, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, Ancient History, Jewish History, Rabbinics, New Testament, Early Christianity, Patristics, Coptic Studies, Gnostic and Manichean Studies, Late Antiquity and Oriental Languages. We hope to stimulate the development of new approaches that can encompass the local and global trajectories of the multidimensional pluralistic religions of antiquity.”

Each volume will consist of three issues a year, each of approximately 130 pages in length. It will include an editorial, five to seven main articles, and book reviews.

Free access to the full text online is included in a subscription.

Price for individuals:  € 49.00.