Lectures on Philo at the SBL Annual Meeting 20015

The SBL Annual Meeting is approaching fast, and it is time to search the Program and make up one’s mind what sessions to attend, and if papers are available before the meeting, what papers to read,… etc  etc.

Here is e listing of what I found about lectures/papers on Philo:

S21-238 Philo of Alexandria; Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti
Joint Session With: Philo of Alexandria, Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti

11/21/2015 1:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Room: A701 (Atrium Level) – Marriott

Theme: Philo, Plutarch, and the New Testament
This joint session is the second in a three-part CHNT series on Plutarch and the New Testament that will conclude next year.

Rainer Hirsch-Luipold, Universität Bern – Université de Berne, Presiding

Gregory E. Sterling, Yale Divinity School
When East and West Meet: Eastern Religions and Western Philosophy in Philo of Alexandria and Plutarch (25 min)

Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University
“Through Others”: The Dirty Work of Heavenly Intermediaries in Philo, Plutarch, and Early Christianity (25 min)

Julian Elschenbroich, Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel
The Mechanics of Death: Philo’s and Plutarch’s View on the Death of the Human (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Zlatko Plese, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ritual, Idolatry, and the Rational Norm in Plutarch and Philo (25 min)

Gretchen Reydams-Schils, University of Notre Dame
Philo and Plutarch on Philautia (25 min)

David T. Runia, University of Melbourne
Response to Papers on Philo and Plutarch (15 min)
Discussion (15 min)


S21-250 Use, Influence, and Impact of the Bible
11/21/2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 202 (Level 2) – Hilton

Andrew Mein, Westcott House, Presiding

The third lecture/paper deals with Philo:
James E. Harding, University of Otago
Masculine Domination and the Anthropology of Biblical Commentary: The Case of Philo of Alexandria (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)


S22-234 Pauline Epistles
11/22/2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: 207 (Level 2) – Hilton

Edward Adams, King’s College – London, Presiding
Fourth paper:
Brian J. Robinson, Fuller Theological Seminary
“Be a [subordinate] man”: Paul’s Subordinate Masculinity in 1 Corinthians within a Hellenistic Jewish Milieu (25 min)


S22-237 Philo of Alexandria
11/22/2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: International 4 (International Level) – Marriott

Theme: Philo & the History of Interpretation

Seminar papers will be available on-line at http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/.

Sarah Pearce, University of Southampton, Presiding

Nelida Naveros Cordova, Loyola University of Chicago
The Greek Philosophical Tradition in Philo’s Ethical Teaching: Eusebeia for the Service of God and Human Beings (25 min)

Frank Shaw, Ashland University
An Onomastic History: What Can Philo Provide? (25 min)

Michael Francis, University of Notre Dame
Voluntary and Involuntary Sin and the Allegory of the Soul in Philo (25 min)
Break (10 min)

Ludovica De Luca, Università degli studi Roma Tre
The Bronze Snake according to Philo of Alexandria in Legum allegoriae II, 79–81 (25 min)

Justin M. Rogers, Freed-Hardeman University
The Reception of Philonic Arithmological Exegesis in Didymus the Blind’s Commentary on Genesis (25 min)

Discussion (15 min)


S23-136 Philo of Alexandria
11/23/2015 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Room: International 4 (International Level) – Marriott
Theme: Historical and Intellectual Traditions in Philo
Seminar papers will be available on-line at http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/.

Ellen Birnbaum, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Presiding

Miriam Ben Zeev, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Philo as Historian: His Testimony on the Beginning of the Jewish Settlement at Rome as a Case Study (25 min)

Michael Pope, Brigham Young University
Opportunistic Stoicism: Philo’s Quod Omnis Probus Liber Sit and Cicero’s Tusculan Disputations Book 2 (25 min)

Courtney Friesen, University of Oxford
Dying Like a Woman: Philo on the Tragic Death of Polyxena (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Angela Standhartinger, Philipps-Universität Marburg
Philo in Ethnographic Discourse: Some Observations to the Literary Context of De Vita Contemplativa (25 min)

Joan E. Taylor, King’s College – London
The Women Therapeutae and the Divided Space of the ‘Synagogue’ (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)

Next: No lecture focusing expecially on Philo, bu some drawing on him. And the sessions is very relevant for Philo research.


S23-221 Hellenistic Judaism
11/23/2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Room: A708 (Atrium Level) – Marriott

Theme: Alexandria and the Jews in the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods

Sandra Gambetti, The College of Staten Island – CUNY, Presiding

Alexandrian-Jewish Literature
Jonathan Numada, McMaster Divinity College
Legends of the Septuagint: Alexandria as Date with Jewish Destiny (20 min)

Ashley Bacchi, Graduate Theological Union
The Muses’ Birdcage: Book III of the Sibylline Oracles and Alexandrian Intellectual Competition (20 min)

Patrick O’Kernick, Marquette University
Stelae, Elephants, and Irony: The Battle of Raphia and Its Import as Historical Context for 3 Maccabees (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)

Alexandrian-Jewish Politics and Society

Tyler A. Stewart, Marquette University
Jewish Paideia: Greek Education and Torah in Alexandria (20 min)

Patrick Pouchelle, Centre Sèvres
Was the Greek Pentateuch Intended to Be Used by Non-Jewish Greek Courts? (20 min)

Julia Wilker, University of Pennsylvania
Networks to the Top: The Alabarch’s Family and the Restructuring of the Jewish Elite in Alexandria (20 min)

Discussion (15 min)


S23-319 Early Exegesis of Genesis 1
11/23/2015 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 313 (Level 3) – Hilton

Theme: Genesis 1 in Philo and Apocryphal Writings

Christoph Markschies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – Humboldt University of Berlin, Presiding

Michaela Bauks, Universität Koblenz – Landau
The Rising of a Disembodiment of Creation by the doctrine of creatio ex nihilo. Alternative Readings of Gen 1,1-3(, 21) in Ancient Jewish Texts of the Second Temple Period (30 min)

Beatrice Wyss, Universität Bern – Université de Berne
Philo of Alexandria and the fifth day of creation (De opificio mundi 62-68) (30 min)

Ekaterina Matusova, Moscow, Russia
Gen 1 in Philo of Alexandria and Related Literature (30 min)


S23-341 Philo of Alexandria
11/23/2015 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Room: A701 (Atrium Level) – Marriott

Theme: Philo’s De Plantatione
Seminar papers will be available on-line at http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/.

Thomas Tobin, Loyola University of Chicago, Presiding

Albert C. Geljon, Christelijk Gymnasium Utrecht
Sample Translation and Commentary on Philo De Plantatione (10 min)

Maren Niehoff, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Writing a Commentary on a Philonic Allegorical Treatise (20 min)

David Runia, Queen’s College University of Melbourne
The Place of the Treatise De plantatione in Philo’s Allegorical Commentary (20 min)

Discussion (20 min)
Break (10 min)

James R. Royse, Claremont, California
The Text of Philo’s De plantatione (20 min)

Sami Yli-Karjanmaa, University of Helsinki
Plant. 1–27: The Significance of Reading Philonic Parallels (20 min)

Discussion (20 min)
Business Meeting (10 min)

In the next section, the two first lectures seem very relevant to Philo students:


S23-346 Sabbath in Text and Tradition
11/23/2015 4:00 PM to 6:45 PM

Room: 312 (Level 3) – Hilton

Theme: The Sabbath in Second Temple Judaism and the Greco-Roman World

Sarit Kattan Gribetz, Fordham University, Presiding

Dulcinea Boesenberg, Creighton University
The Construction of Jewish Identity in Philo’s Defense of Sabbath Observance (20 min)
Robert Johnston, Andrews University, Respondent (10 min)

Discussion (10 min)

Malka Z. Simkovich, Catholic Theological Union
The Role of the Sabbath in Jewish Universalist and Particularist Literature of the Second Temple Period (20 min)
Jonathan Klawans, Boston University, Respondent (10 min)

Discussion (10 min)