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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.

 

Great news from SNTS Meeting 2017

The annual Meeting 2017 of the SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas) is now over. It was held in Pretoria, South Africa during the days of Aug 8–11. Alas, I was not able to attend the meeting, but here is nevertheless some info as received from the webpages related to the Society, and from one of those who had the opportunity to attend.

    1. There were no main paper devoted to Philo of Alexandria, but at least one seminar paper dealt with him: In the seminar focusing on The Development of Early Christian Ethics within its Jewish and Greco-Roman Contexts , one paper focused on ‘Aristotle’s Three-fold Submission in the Household codes of Paul, Peter, Philo and Josephus’. It was presented by David Instone-Brewer, and the respondent was Christine Gerber.
    2. There has not been any seminar – in recent years- dealing with Philo of Alexandria, but from 2018 – next year- there will be a change in this.  The Society has accepted the establishment of a Seminar dealing with “Philo and Early Christianity”, working for five years, starting in 2018. The Seminar will be led by the professors Greg Sterling, Yale Divinity School, USA, and Per Jarle Bekken, Nord University, Bodø, Norway.

IMG_3144This is great news, and we can now look forward to Philo sessions at SNTS Meetings for the coming five years. The meeting of 2018 will be in Athens, Greece, then 2019 in Marburg, Germany, and then in Rome, Italy, in 2020.

Philo papers

Papers for the Philo seminars at the coming SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Tx are now coming in, and are posted on my website.

The papers are for the following seminars:
S20-220 Philo of Alexandria: The Knowledge of God in Philo of Alexandria
S20-345 Philo of Alexandria: Reincarnation and Afterlife in Philo and His World
S21-144b Philo of Alexandria: Philo’s de Mutatione Nominum

Papers will be available as they come in, at http://torreys.org/philo_seminar_papers/

 

 

Abstracts updated – manuscripts still to come..

My page for the Philo Seminar at this November SBL Annual Meeting has been updated as far as it concerns the Abstracts of the papers to be presented.

Now we are just waiting for the manuscripts to come…

Philo at SBL Annual Meeting (II)

In addition to the Philo Seminar mentioned below, there will also be several other Group Sessions and Seminar papers that will deal with topics in which they will also ask for input from Philo’s works.
Here is a list of those papers I found when searching the online Program Book at the SBL site.

S19-137 Meals in the Greco-Roman World
11/19/2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: Bonham D (3rd Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)

Theme: Meal and Teaching

Meredith Warren, University of Sheffield, Presiding
Steven C. Muir, Concordia University of Edmonton and Frederick S. Tappenden, McGill University
Not by Bread Alone, but by Every Word from the Mouth of the Lord – The Confluence of Eating and Teaching in the Ancient Mediterranean (35 min)
Birgit van der Lans, University of Bergen
Quarrelling over opinions’ (Rom. 14:1): verbal disorder and competitive speech at Greco-Roman meals (35 min)
Angela Standhartinger, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
The School of Moses at Table. Sympotic Teaching in Philo’s De vita contemplativa (35 min)
Soham Al-Suadi, Universität Bern – Université de Berne, Respondent (20 min)

Discussion (25 min)

 

S19-246 Religious Experience in Antiquity
11/19/2016 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Texas B (4th Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)

Theme: Open Session
The Religious Experience in Antiquity section investigates the experiential elements of religions from the ancient near east to late antiquity, with a particular interest in examining (1) the relationship between texts and experience, (2) religious practices in the context of ritual, prayer, ecstasy, dreams and visions, 3) the role of embodied experiences (cognitive, neurological, and sensory) in the generation of religious ideas and commitment.

Angela Kim Harkins, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Presiding
Silviu N. Bunta, University of Dayton
Transformational mysticism in the liturgy of Hebrews (25 min)
Paul V. M. Flesher, University of Wyoming
Scripture Reading and Communal Prayer in the First-Century Gamla Synagogue: What Architecture Reveals about Religious Practice and Experience (25 min)
Nathalie LaCoste, University of Toronto
Fluid Identities: How Experiences with Water Shaped the Jews of Egypt (25 min)
Jason N. Yuh, University of Toronto
Paul’s Kodak Moment: Analyzing Gal 3:27’s Reference to Baptism through Studies of Memory, Embodiment, and Ritual (25 min)
Frederick S. Tappenden, McGill University
Contexts and Foundations: Paul’s Apocalyptic Imagination and the Confluence of Participation and Resurrection (25 min)
Discussion (25 min)

 

S21-156 Wisdom in Israelite and Cognate Traditions
11/21/2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 211 (2nd Level – West) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Book of Ecclesiastes

Samuel Adams, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Presiding
Elisa Uusimäki, Helsingin Yliopisto – Helsingfors Universitet
The Maskil of the Dead Sea Scrolls among the Hellenistic Jewish Sages (25 min)
Thomas Wagner, Bergische Universität Wuppertal
Reflecting creation traditions – Qohelet’s use of the Priestly creation account (25 min)
Hee Suk Kim, Chongshin University, Qohelet as an Ambiguous Image of Ruah (25 min)
Break (10 min)
Knut M. Heim, Denver Seminary, Ecclesiastes and Emotion (25 min)
Katharine Dell, University of Cambridge
All is decay: Intertextual links between Ecclesiastes and Lamentations (25 min)
Discussion (15 min)

 

S21-309 Christian Theology and the Bible
11/21/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Conference Room 6 (3rd Level) – Marriott Rivercenter (MRC)

Theme: The theological significance of Hagar in Genesis and Galatians

This is the first of a four-year series on biblical figures who appear in both Testaments and their significance for Christian theology. This session focuses on Hagar, one of the few women to appear in both Old and New Testaments. Papers explore how theologians have understood her at different stages in history, and what her role might be in constructive Christian theology today.

Claire Mathews McGinnis, Loyola University Maryland, Presiding (5 min)
Andrew M. Harmon, Marquette University
“The Clever Handmaiden of Perfect Virtue”: Reappraising Ambrose of Milan’s Portrait of Hagar (30 min)
Justin Rogers, Freed-Hardeman University
Philo or Paul? The Hagar Allegory in Alexandrian Patristic Theology (30 min)
Andrea D. Saner, Eastern Mennonite University
Inheriting Hagar with Grace (30 min)
Discussion (45 min)

 

S21-315 Early Jewish Christian Relations
11/21/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Independence (3rd Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)
Marcie Lenk, Shalom Hartman Institute, Presiding

J. Cornelis de Vos, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Paul and the Parting of the Arguments in Galatians (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
A. Grayson Benko, Brite Divinity School (TCU)
The God who Grafts: Genos and Genealogy in Romans 11:16-24 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Hyun Ho Park, Graduate Theological Union
From Jewish Mission to Gentile Mission: Triple Stories of Peter and the Border Crossing in Acts 9:32-10:48 (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Sung Uk Lim, Yonsei University
Philo’s Sophia vs. John’s Jesus in Gender Trouble (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)
Paul M. C. Elliott, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Philonic Borrowings in the Letters of Ambrose (20 min)
Discussion (10 min)

 

S21-356 Wisdom and Apocalypticism
11/21/2016 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Lone Star E (2nd Level) – Grand Hyatt (GH)
Theme: Philo vis-a-vis Wisdom and Apocalypticism

Jason Zurawski, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Presiding
Ellen Birnbaum, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Is There Wisdom in Philo’s Rationales for the Book of Genesis? (30 min)
Michael Cover, Marquette University
“Consecrating all the Excellences of Speech” (Mut. 220): Philo on the Right Use of Apocalyptic Tragedy and Gnomic Wisdom (30 min)
Break (5 min)
Archie Wright, Regent University
Questions of Eschatology and other Apocalyptic Themes in Philo’s Demonology (30 min)
Gregory E. Sterling, Yale Divinity School
When Ontology Meets Eschatology (30 min)
Discussion (25 min)

S22-114 Book of Deuteronomy
11/22/2016 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 304A (3rd Level) – Convention Center (CC)

Theme: The Reception of Deuteronomy in the Hellenistic Period: Authority, Transmission and Transformation

Cynthia Edenburg, Open University of Israel, Presiding
Bernard Levinson, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
The Reception of Deuteronomy in the Second Temple Period as a Window into the Formation of the Pentateuch (30 min)
Hindy Najman, University of Oxford
Reading Deuteronomy and Writing a New Law: reflections on the reception and transformation of Deuteronomy in the Hellenistic Period (30 min)
Francis Borchardt, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Hong Kong
Idolatry, Retribution, and the Judean Homeland: Deuteronomic Ideology in 4 Maccabees (30 min)
Torrey Seland, VID-School of Mission &Theology, Norway
Philo of Alexandria and Deuteronomy (30 min)
David Lincicum, University of Notre Dame
Deuteronomy and Deuteronomic Tradition in the Epistle of Barnabas: A Reconsideration (30 min)

Philo conference in UK

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Summertime  is the when several conferences related to biblical studies are held, and the summer of 2016 is no exception. My own participation in such conferences this summer , alas, has been non-existent, due to several reasons.
One of those I would have liked to attend was the Philo symposium held in UK last July.

Sean Adams has written the following comment on this conference:
“The first UK Philo colloquium was held at the University of Glasgow on 21 July 2016. In this one-day event, twenty scholars from three continents (Europe, Africa, North America) came together to hear nine papers on various aspects of Philo scholarship (listed below). Of particular note was the presentation by James R. Royse (cf. picture to left), who shared his findings and new textual emendations resulting from his recent work on the Coptos papyrus in Paris. Future colloquia are expected to run bi-annually, with the next meeting to be held at King’s College London in 2018 and Oxford in 2020.

Presenters and Papers include: Joan Taylor (KCL), ‘The Therapeutae, Gender, and the Synagogue’; Erlend MacGillivray (Aberdeen), ‘Primitivism in Philo of Alexandria’s Thought and his Perception of Non-Jews’; Mina Monier (KCL), ‘Reception of Philo in Epistle of Barnabas’; Ekaterina Matusova (Tübingen), ‘Cognizing God in Philo: between Hellenistic Platonism and Parabiblical Texts’; Sean A. Adams (Glasgow), ‘Philo’s Literary Forms and Genre Adaptations’; Joshua Carroll (Aberdeen), ‘Philo’s Education in De congressu’; Elisa Uusimäki (Helsinki), ‘Jacob’s Spiritual Exercises in the Context of Philo’s Pedagogical Programme’; James R. Royse (Claremont), ‘Philo’s Biblical Quotations according to the Coptos Papyrus (Cohn-Wendland’s “Pap”) with Some Newly Discovered Readings’; Hindy Najman (Oxford), ‘Transcendence, Immanence, and Revelation in Philo of Alexandria’.”