Philonica et Neotestamentica

Home » Conference

Category Archives: Conference

Philo at SBL Annual Meeting, II

In addition to the Philo Seminar sessions mentioned below, there are some other sessions too that should be interesting for a Philo reader. I list them here as they are given in the SBL Program book (Philo lectures in blue):

S19-221 Hellenistic Judaism; Cultic Personnel in the Biblical World; Greco-Roman Religions. Joint Session With: Hellenistic Judaism, Cultic Personnel in the Biblical World, Greco-Roman Religions.
11/19/2018. 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 6 (Fourth Level) – Hyatt Regency (HR)

Theme: Making Priests: Intersections of Discourse and Practice in the Hellenistic and Greco-Roman Eastern Mediterranean

Lutz Doering, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Presiding

Jared W. Saltz, Florida College
“Moses Made Arrangements for the Sacrifices That Were Utterly Different from Those of Other Races…” Hecataeus of Abdera’s Portrayal of the Jewish Priesthood in Ptolemaic Egypt (25 min)
Jonathan Trotter, Lewis University
Alexandrian Jews’ Vicarious Participation in the Jerusalem Temple: Philo of Alexandria’s Hieropompoi as Community Representatives and Priests (25 min)
Mary Julia Jett, Saint Francis College
Throw Water at It: Water Purification Entrance Rites during the Greco-Roman Period (25 min)
Wally V. Cirafesi, University of Oslo
The Place of Priests in the Ancient Synagogue (25 min)
Sung Soo Hong, University of Texas at Austin
A Religiopolitical Reconfiguration of the Urban Space: The Functions of the Salutaris Foundation as an Imperial Cult (25 min)

Discussion (25 min)


S19-311 Corpus Hellenisticum Novi Testamenti
11/19/2018 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Capitol Ballroom 2 (Fourth Level) – Hyatt Regency

Theme: Atheism in Antiquity

Trevor Thompson, University of Chicago, Presiding

Tim Whitmarsh, University of Cambridge
The Invention of Atheism and the Invention of Religion (30 min)
Paula F. Fredriksen, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“The Gods of My Unbelief are Magnificent”: Jews, Gods, and Israel’s God in the Early Roman Period (30 min)
J. Albert Harrill, Ohio State University
Atheist Lists as an Organizing Technique in Classical Literary Culture (30 min)
Richard A. Wright, Abilene Christian University
“Out with the Christians, . . . Out with the Epicureans!” Atheism and Constructing the Other in Antiquity (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)


S20-135 Slavery, Resistance, and Freedom
11/20/2018. 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Room: 705 (Street Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Kathy Gaca, Vanderbilt University, Presiding (5 min)

David Bosworth, The Catholic University of America
Slavery and Infanticide: The Abandonment of Moses and Ishmael (25 min)
Kenneth Fox, University of Calgary
Philo of Alexandria and Sex with Pretty Little Slave Girls (25 min)
Joseph E. Brito, Concordia University – Université Concordia
Appropriating the Title of “Servant of God” in the Second Century CE: Slavery and Identity in the Acts of Paul and Thecla (25 min)
Chris de Wet, University of South Africa
Slavery in the Life of Euphemia and the Goth (25 min)

Discussion (15 min)


 

Philo at SBL Annual Meeting I

Here is a list over the most important sessions in which there will be presented papers on Philo of Alexandria. In addition to the sessions of the Philo Seminar, there will be presented one or more papers on Philo in several other sessions, some other papers will also deal with him to some extent. It is, however, somewhat difficult to get an overview of all these latter papers, as Philo is often not mentioned in the main headline, or in the abstracts. However, there is still a lot on Philo:

S18-339  Philo of Alexandria
11/18/2018 4:00 PM to 6:45 PM
Room: Mile High Ballroom 4D (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Studies on Philo of Alexandria
Seminar papers will be available online later at http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/.

Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, Presiding

Courtney Friesen, University of Arizona
Philo of Alexandria and the Masks of Heracles (25 min)
Tyler A. Stewart, Lincoln Christian University
The Origin of Evil and Subordinate Creators: Philo’s Exegesis of Gen 1:26 in Context(25 min)
Luiz Felipe Ribeiro, University of Toronto
Pederast Playthings and Androgynous Souls: Philo Judaeus’ Polemic against Socratic Pedagogic Pederasty in the Symposium (Vit. Cont. 57–64) (25 min)
Break (10 min)
Richard A Zaleski, University of Chicago
Philo’s Double Paraphrase of the Parting of the Red Sea in Mos. 1.175–79 and 2.250–55 (25 min)
John Sehorn, Augustine Institute
Philo and Origen on Moses as Prophet (25 min)
Discussion (30 min)


S19-136 Philo of Alexandria
11/19/2018 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Mile High Ballroom 1E (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Reflections on Writing a Commentary

Gregory Sterling, Yale Divinity School, Presiding (5 min)

Ellen Birnbaum, Cambridge, MA
Some Things I Learned from Cowriting a Commentary on Philo’s De Abrahamo (25 min)
David Runia, University of Melbourne
Writing Commentaries on Philo’s Allegorical Treatises (25 min)
Break (10 min)
Joan Taylor, King’s College – London
Writing a Commentary on De Vita Contemplativa (25 min)
Presenter Withdrew (25 min)
Discussion (35 min)


 

S19-329 Philo of Alexandria
11/19/2018. 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Mile High Ballroom 4F (Lower Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: Philo’s “On the Sacrifices of Cain and Abel”
Seminar papers will be available online at http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers

Justin Rogers, Freed-Hardeman University
Commentary on the Sacrifices of Cain and Abel (25 min)
James Royse, Claremont, CA
New and Neglected Readings from De sacrificiis and Other Works of Philo (25 min)

Break (10 min)

Scott Mackie, Independent Scholar
“God Has Had Mercy on Me”: Theology and Soteriology in De sacrificiis Abelis et Caini (25 min)
Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University
Philo’s Allegorical Interpretation of Sacrifice in “On the Sacrifices of Cain and Abel” (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)
Business Meeting (15 min)

Les Receptions d’Philon

IMG_0638
A great conference on the receptions of Philo in modern Europe is to be held in Lyon, France, upcoming Nov7-9th.  A total of 25 lectures will be presented. See also more here.

“Ce colloque international, réunissant des universitaires et des chercheur(e)s
européens, américains et australiens, est consacré à la réception de l’œuvre de
Philon d’Alexandrie à l’époque moderne, étape essentielle, et pourtant très peu
étudiée, dans une longue chaîne qui se déploie de l’époque patristique jusqu’au
nouvel essor des études philoniennes des cinquante dernières années. Deux axes
de recherche ont été choisis : 1) une première approche concerne la philologie
et l’histoire du livre ; 2) une seconde souhaite préciser les usages diversifiés de Philon dans les commentaires exégétiques, les traités théologiques, l’érudition historique, et plus largement les controverses.” (from the brochure).

I give the comprehensive program below, hoping the lectures will be published in the near future (alas, too many conference papers are published much too long after the actual conference).

MERCREDI 7 NOVEMBRE
Matinée : ENS de Lyon, bâtiment Buisson, salle D8001
9h : Accueil et ouverture du colloque par Olivier Bara et Marina Mestre Zaragoza (direction de l’IHRIM) et Smaranda Marculescu (IHRIM, ENS de Lyon)
9h15 : Frédéric Gabriel (CNRS – IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), «La redécouverte de Philon à
l’époque moderne : un tournant philologique et herméneutique »
Président de séance : David T. Runia
9h30 : Gregory E. Sterling (Yale University), « Adrianus Turnebus and the Editio Princeps of Philo (1552) »
10h30 : pause café
10h50 : Michael Cover (Marquette University), «Paris and Augsburg revisited: David Hoeschel, Bürgerhumanismus, and the ecumenical completion of Turnèbe’s Philo »
Après-midi : auditorium de la Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, Part-Dieu
Président de séance : Claudio Moreschini
14h : Marie-Luce Demonet (Université de Tours, CESR), «L’ordre du monde dans la première traduction française du De Mundo (1539) par Louis Meigret»
15h : Luigi-Alberto Sanchi (CNRS – IHD, Paris), «Alexandrie, modèle d’un hellénisme
inclusif : Guillaume Budé, lecteur de Philon»
16h : pause café
16h15 : Smaranda Marculescu (IHRIM, ENS de Lyon), «Philo latinus : autour de la traduction de Gelenius»
17h-18h45 : présentation de livres à la Réserve de la Bibliothèque municipale par Jérôme Sirdey (Conservateur du fonds ancien)
JEUDI 8 NOVEMBRE
Matinée : ENS de Lyon, bâtiment Buisson, salle D8001
Présidente de séance : Marie-Luce Demonet
8h30 : Lucia Maddalena Tissi (Labex HaStec, LEM, Paris), «Genere Iudaeo, professione
Platonico. Philon dans le De perenni philosophia d’Agostino Steuco»
9h15 : Claudio Moreschini (Università di Pisa, Istitutum Patristicum Augustinianum), «La
panaugia secondo Patrizi e la tradizione di Filone nel XVI secolo italiano»
10h : pause café
10h30 : François Roudaut (Université de Montpellier, IRCL), «L’influence de Philon dans
l’oeuvre théologique et philosophique de Pontus de Tyard (1522-1605) »
11h15 : Thomas Leinkauf (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster), «Philo – Graecus, Hebraicus, Proto-Christianus. The presence of Philo Alexandrinus or Judaeus in non-scolastic texts of the 16th century »
Après-midi : salle de séminaire de l’Institut des Sources chrétiennes (22 rue Sala, 2e
arrondissement)
Président de séance : Gregory E. Sterling
14h15 : Nicholas Hardy (University of Birmingham), «Philo, theological controversy, and the construction of hellenistic Judaism in the post-Reformation era »
15h : Scott Mandelbrote (University of Cambridge – Peterhouse), «Philo and early modern biblical criticism»
15h45 : pause café
16h15 : Brigitte Tambrun (CNRS – LEM, Paris), «Philon dans les querelles sur la Trinité
(XVIIe s.-début XVIIIe s.) »
17h : Gianni Paganini (Università del Piemonte Orientale, Vercelli – Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei), «Moïse législateur. Un thème philonien aux origines du théologico-politique
moderne»
17h45 : Matthieu Somon (Université catholique de Louvain, Fondation Sedes sapientiae),
«Moïse réinventé à l’aune de Philon »
18h40 : présentation des Sources chrétiennes par Guillaume Bady (CNRS – HISOMA)
VENDREDI 9 NOVEMBRE
ENS de Lyon, bâtiment Buisson, salle D8001
Président de séance : Gianni Paganini
8h30 : Joanna Weinberg (University of Oxford), «Rabbi or Sectarian: the debate over Philo of Alexandria among Jews in early modern Italy »
9h15 : Myriam Silvera (Università di Roma « Tor Vergata »), « L’œuvre de Philon à l’attention du rabbin Menasseh ben Israel »
10h : pause café
10h30 : Pierre-François Moreau (ENS de Lyon, IHRIM), « Spinoza, Philon et le pseudoPhilon»
11h15 : Giovanni Benedetto (Università degli Studi di Milano), « Philo Platonicus : a seventeenth century controversy »
12h : David T. Runia (Australian Catholic University, University of Melbourne), « How in
scholarship an end and a beginning can overlap: Joh. Alb. Fabricius (1668-1736) and the 1729 edition of Philo’s Opera omnia »
Présidente de séance : Myriam Silvera
14h15 : Martine Pécharman (CNRS – CRAL, EHESS), « Le néoplatonisme de Cambridge et
l’autorité de Philon »
15h : Marco Rizzi (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), « Philon dans l’œuvre de John Selden : entre droit et érudition dans l’Angleterre du XVIIe siècle »
15h45 : pause café
16h : Jérémy Delmulle (IRHT, Paris), « Sur la religion des Thérapeutes. La controverse entre Bernard de Montfaucon et Jean IV Bouhier (1709-1713) »
17h : Remerciements et fin du colloque

For those able to attend: Colloque ouvert au public, aucune inscription nécessaire.

 

SNTS Meeting in Athens Aug. 7-10.

IMG_0271The yearly SNTS meeting was this year arranged in Athens, Greece. What a wonderful place to have a meeting focusing on New Testament studies. While some might suggest Jerusalem as the place most filled with  symbolism for biblical studies, Athens might come as a good # 2.

In addion to that, the conference found place at the Titania hotel, that with its great restaurant at the top floor provided a magnificent view to the Acropolis and Athens. Three Philo scholars from Norway were attending the meeting, and among them, the doyen of Norwegian Philo studies, prof Peder Borgen. Here you see him seated in the restaurant withtwo of his former doctoral students, prof Per Jarle Bekken to the right (Borgen’s left side), and me on the other side. It was great to have Borgen with us, and to see him – in his age of 90 1/2 years- enjoying and participating in the sessions.

On Saturday 11th, there was an very interesting excursion to Corinth and Epidaurus, a trip also enjoyed by prof Borgen, his wife and two daughters.

IMG_0394

The great theatre at Epidaurus

Philo at the SNTS Meeting

IMG_0276At the last annual meeting of the SNTS in Athens, in Aug. 7-10, a seminar on Philo of Alexandria was run by profs Greg E. Sterling and Per Jarle Bekken. The dayly attendance were 10-12 persons, and there were three sessions/papers, submitted by Per Jarle Bekken, Ilaria L.E. Ramelli and Volker Rabens. The main focus of the seminar was Philo and Early Christianity.

Bekken’s paper dealt with “Paul in Negotiations on Abraham: Fresh Light on the Appropriation of Scripture in Gal 3:6–9 in Jewish Context.” A central part of his thesis was that ” Philo and Paul share an exegetical tradition based on Gen 15:6 interpreted in conjunction with other passages in terms of a continuum of the Abraham narrative in Genesis. Thus, both authors depend on a constellation of exegetical motifs associated with Abraham’s trust (Gen 15:6), manifested in the responsiveness of a corresponding faithfulness and oath of promise on God’s part to bless Abraham and his descendants (cf. Gen 22:18; 26:3–4). Such motifs appear in a context of Jewish discussions in which the authoritative figure of a Law-observant Abraham was conceived to serve as authoritative legal norm (cf. Gen 26:5).”(P. 47 ).

The next paper, by Ilaria L.E. Ramelli, was on “Paul and Philo on Soteriology and Eschatology.” The paper offered was she called “a sygkrisis between two semi-contemporary Hellenistic Jewish theologians, Paul of Tarsus and Philo of Alexandria, both major inspirers of subsequent Christian philosophical theology. While other areas would be relevant to explore, for instance the knowledge of God, this essay will concentrate on soteriology and eschatology in Paul and Philo. The latter is more elusive than Paul in this matter, but both were familiar with the doctrine of apokatastasis or restoration, although they treated it in different ways, just as they had different views of the Law.”

The third paper, that by Volker Rabens, had as its title “Physical and Mystical Dimensions of Human Transformation in Philo and Paul.” I was not able to atttend this last session.

All papers were thoroughly researched and well footnoted. To some the papers were a little bit too long; 50 pages x 3 is demanding, especially if they are sent out just some few days before the meeting. But all in all, it is good to have Philo back at the SNTS meeting.

Update: S19-138 Philo Seminar

All the papers for the S19-138 Philo of Alexandria Seminar are now available at my site here: http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/

Philo Seminar, The SBL Annual Meeting 2017

The papers to be discussed at The SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Philo Seminar, that is S 19-138: Philo of Alexandria (at 11/19/2017 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM Room: 103 (Plaza Level) – Hynes Convention Center (HCC)) on the Philo’s De Cherubim, with Ronald Cox, Pepperdine University, Presiding, is about to be available at my website here: http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/

The rest of the papers will be made available as soon as I receive them from the writers.