[Schedule Updated 14 August]
There is a great reason to travel to South Africa for those interested in the Septuagint. The Universities of Rostock and Stellenbosch are joining forces to host a symposium entitled “A Theology of the Septuagint.”
The event will be held from 17 to 19 August 2018 in the Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbosch University. I am told that this symposium is not open to paper proposals, however delegates are welcome.
A Theology of the Septuagint?
For many years scholars have wondered what we can learn about the interpretive approaches or traditions of those who produced the Septuagint. It is certainly a fascinating question because of the implications it could have for the study of Judaism and early Christian movement – what kind of theological notions underlay the translation? How do they fit into the broader religious environment? How did that theology affect the Septuagint version? Most critically: what criteria can be developed to help determine what features of a translation arose from theological conviction rather than, say, textual transmission?
These questions are as important and interesting as they are difficult to answer – or even determine how you might answer them. Many have expressed scepticism over whether discerning theology in the Septuagint is even possible at all. It is not, after all, a unified corpus, so can we even responsibly use the singular term “theology”? I encourage readers interested in such questions to consult the very helpful chapter on this topic in Jobes & Silva (pp. 326-350).
All of these issues lead quite naturally to the desire to hold a symposium on the topic.
The preliminary schedule of speakers (without paper titles) is as follows:
14:00-14:10 Opening of conference Prof. Martin Rösel (University of Rostock)
Session 1. Chairperson: Prof. Johann Cook (University of Stellenbosch)
14:00-14:05 Welcome of participants by Prof. Annemaré Kotzé (Dept of Ancient Studies, US)
14:05-14:15 Opening of conference by Prof. Eugene Cloete, Vice-Rector Research (US)
14:15-15:00 Lecture 1: Prof. Martin Rösel (University of Rostock)
15:00-15:30 TEA / COFFEE
Session 2. Chairperson: Prof. Louis Jonker (University of Stellenbosch)
15:30-16:15 Lecture 2: Prof. Emanuel Tov (Hebrew University)
16:15-17:00 Lecture 3: Prof. Evangelia Dafni (University of Thessaloniki)
17:00-17:45 Lecture 4: Prof. Dirk Buchner (Trinity Western University)
Session 3. Chairperson: Prof. Gert Steyn (Ewersbach)
09:00-09:45 Lecture 5: Prof. Wolfgang Kraus (Universität des Saarlandes)
09:45-10:30 Lecture 6: Prof. Jessie Rogers (University of Limerick)
10:30-11:00 TEA / COFFEE
Session 4. Chairperson: Prof. Dirk Buchner (TWU, Vancouver)
11:00-11:45 Lecture 7: Prof. Johan Thom (University of Stellenbosch)
11:45-12:30 Lecture 8: Prof. Phlip Bosman (University of Stellenbosch)
Session 5. Chairperson: Prof. Jessie Rogers (Limerick)
14:00-14:45 Lecture 9: Prof. Louis Jonker (University of Stellenbosch)
14:45-15:30 Lecture 10: Prof. Ulrich Volp (Universität Mainz)
15:30-16:00 TEA / COFFEE
Session 6. Chairperson: Prof. Hans Ausloos (Louvain la Neuve)
16:00-16:45 Lecture 11: Prof. Gideon Kotzé (NW University)
16:45-17:30 Lecture 12: Dr. Peter Nagel (University of Stellenbosch)
Session 7. Chairperson: Prof. Johann Cook (University of Stellenbosch)
Two papers of 25 minutes each by post graduate students from the USA and US
09:10-09:35 Lecture 13: Mr. Joel Ruark (University of Stellenbosch)
09:35-10:00 Lecture 14: Mr. Kyle Young (TW University)
8. Chairperson: Prof. Pierre Jordaan (NW University
10:00-10:45 Lecture 15: Prof. Hans Ausloos (Université catholique de Louvain – Belgium)
10:45-11:15 TEA / COFFEE
Session 9. Chairperson: Prof. Gideon Kotzé (Potchefstroom)
11:15-12:00 Lecture 16: Prof. Pierre Jordaan (Potchefstroom)
12:00-12:45 Lecture 17: Prof. Gert Steyn (Ewersbach, Germany)
Session 10. Chairperson: Prof. Martin Rösel (Rostock)
14:15-15:00 Lecture 18: Prof. Johann Cook (University of Stellenbosch)
15:00-15:30 TEA / COFFEE
15:30-17:00 FINAL DISCUSSION
Plans are in place for publication of the proceedings.