Theatricality in Philo’s Embassy to Gaius

There is a new study dealing with the works of Philo in the most recent issue of Journal for the Study of Judaism:

Muehlberger, Ellen,
The Representation of Theatricality in Philo’s Embassy to Gaius
Journal for the Study of Judaism, Volume 39, Number 1, 2008 , pp. 46-67.

The study is presented thus: “In this paper I argue that Philo’s Embassy to Gaius makes use of the literary paradigm of theatricality, a strategy of representation marked by the portrayal of multiple and competing discourses amongst those in unequal relations of power, as well as an emphasis on the arts of acting and discernment. The Embassy marks an appearance of the theatrical paradigm which is earlier than its use by Tacitus, whose portrayal of Nero in the Annals Shadi Bartsch has seen as the harbinger of this theme in Roman historiography.”

Christianity

Lund University, Sweeden, is now launching the popular course “Christianity” as a worldwide internet course.

The course “Christianity” (TEO D01, 30 ECTS credits) explores the origins and varieties of Christianity throughout the world today. It traces Christianity’s development from a local group of Jesus followers to a worldwide movement of faith communities, the formation of Christian doctrines and identities and the emergence and reception of the Bible as Christian Scriptures.

The course is offered entirely through internet communication technology, providing maximal accessibility and independence of location so that whoever wishes can enroll from anywhere on the globe.
The Centre for Theology and Religious Studies (CTR) at Lund University is committed to the highest standards of academic excellence; its faculty is completely independent of confessional or religious affiliations. Whoever is looking for an approach to the subject that is non-confessional yet sympathetic, that combines a Religious Studies perspective with a familiarity with faith contexts, may find this to be an interesting course.
The website of the course is: http://www.teol.lu.se/teod01/.

School of Mission & Theology accredited as ..

The School of Mission & Theology is now to be accredited as “vitenskapelig Høgskole”, that is, it is accredited as being on university level, with university rights within its fields of studies. The accredition process is to be finalized by the government, but that is rather formalistic procedure as the investigating NOKUT has approved of such an accredtition.

History and Theology of Mission in the New Testament

Professors Jey J. Kanagaraj (Hindustan Bible Institute & College, India), Stelian Tofana (Faculty of Orthodox Theology at Babes-Bolyai University, Romania) and Jostein Ådna (School of Mission and Theology, Norway) coordinate the seminar “History and Theology of Mission in the New Testament: Global Challenges and Opportunities” in Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS). The seminar started its work during the 62nd General Meeting of SNTS in Sibiu, Romania, in 2007 and plans to continue for the next four annual General Meetings, i.e. Lund, Sweden, in 2008; Vienna, Austria, in 2009; Berlin, Germany, in 2010; and Annandale-on-Hudson, USA, in 2011.

The rationale of the seminar is to contribute to the ongoing scholarly discussion and exchange on the issue of mission – both historically, exegetically and hermeneutically. The seminar coordinators have the ambition that new insights regarding the early history of mission (New Testament and Early Patristics) and the interpretation of pertinent New Testament texts will be gained. Current global challenges and opportunities in the contemporary world add immensely to the agenda of the seminar. The seminar will hopefully also be an arena for participants helping each other to understand the centrality of God’s mission and the way in which theologians, New Testament scholars in particular, may be involved in mission in the pluralistic and cross-cultural set up of today’s world.

RPBS renewal

As I have retired (!?) from my blogging, I will now try to update my Resource pages; they really need some thorough clean up and renewal. I also hoped for some real refreshments of the pages themselves, as they are pretty old and oldfashioned now. But to do that, I need some webmaster help for the re-newing of the html coding. But I’ll make a start by checking and refreshing all the links. Too many of them are dead or outdated.

A new Blog?

As announced on my Philo blog and 1 Peter blog, these blogs are now closed down. That means, I will not update them anymore in their present form. The Philo blog, at least, however, will still be accessible, as there is still some infor that may be interesting for people.

I am grateful for the comments and e-mails sent to be as a result of the closing down. It was fun while it lasted, but I think I will have to prioritize other options in the future. I  realize I might miss the Philo blog, so watch up; there might come some Philo info on this blog too.

I have always thought, and in some settings also argued for, my view that both ‘megasites’ like my Resource Pages, and blogs like my Philo blog should not be run by a an individual alone, but by a group of persons. I see now that there are a lot of personal ‘biblical blogs’ out there. Some of them are run by several persons, and I think more should adopt that procedure too. Otherwise the blogs will have to be rather small in interest, and if one wants it to be somewhat updated (who do not?), it  will soon be too time consuming.

Well, this is an old opinion of mine.

Time will tell how the blogosphere will look like in the coming years.