Announcing a New ETS Session Devoted to Septuagint Studies

Just a short post this time to convey some exciting news for those interested in Old Testament and Septuagint studies like I am. Beginning at this year’s annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) there will be an entire session dedicated to “Septuagint Studies.”

The ETS Annual Conference

I have posted in the past about the annual biblical studies societies conferences. You can view my Guide to the Societies, and also read my two-part series on how and why you should consider attending even as a graduate student (one and two). This year’s conference will take place from 17-19 November at the Hilton in downtown Atlanta. Of course, ETS occurs alongside its big brother conference on the 21st-24th of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL). I will be presenting two papers at the SBL conference as well as participating in the new ETS Septuagint Studies session (I know, I know). You can see the full details of the ETS conference online here.

The Septuagint Studies Session

As a member of its steering committee, I am delighted with the kick-off program for the new Septuagint Studies session. Our  mastermind and chairman, James Mulroney, is a good friend and recent graduate from Edinburgh. I got to know James during my master’s program at Westminster Theological Seminary, so it is a joy to continue research along with him even years after. The others presenting at this inaugural session meeting are newer colleagues, but certainly friends and allies in all things Septuagintal.

Here is the session outline, which will occur on Wednesday, November 18th from 8:30am-11:40am:

Septuagint Studies
Hilton — 401
James A. E. Mulroney – New College, University of Edinburgh

8:30 AM—9:10 AM
W. Edward Glenny
University of Northwestern – St. Paul, MN
The Septuagint and the Christian Old Testament

For those interested, there will be a field trip to the Library of Alexandria after the session

9:20 AM—10:00 AM
Aaron W. White
Trinity College, University of Bristol
Is Luke Intentionally Constructing an Inclusio by Quoting Amos?: “The Creative Use of Amos by the Author of Acts” Re-examined

10:10 AM—10:50 AM
William A. Ross
Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge
Transformations in the Septuagint in the New Testament: The Figure of Samson

11:00 AM—11:40 AM
James A. E. Mulroney
New College, University of Edinburgh
Another Look at Hab 2:4 and Its Place in the NT Eschatological Vision

See You There

Hopefully if you are able to make it to ETS you can also swing by this new session. It is our hope that this session, as it continues through the years, will be a first step towards more comprehensively making the study of the Septuagint a meaningful and useful part of faithful biblical exegesis for the Church.


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