Finnish School

Soisalon-Soininen Volume Published

It is exciting to see the publication of a long-awaited volume in the discipline. Tuukka Kauhanen and Hanna Vanonen have edited The Legacy of Soisalon-Soininen: Towards a Syntax of Septuagint Greek in the DSI series with V&R. This volume is the result of the delightfully alliterative Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint that was held in Helsinki back in 2017. I posted about this event beforehand (here and here) and also provided a brief review as well. (more…)

LXX Post-Doc in Helsinki, Finland

Many people who come to Septuagint scholarship quickly recognize that, while it is a small and specialized discipline, it is one with a rich history. In terms of its recent developments, Septuagint scholarship would not be what it is without the so-called “Finnish School” based at the University of Helsinki. I have written a little bit about this branch of scholarship in the past. Most recently it was related to the symposium held two years ago in honor of the esteemed scholar Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen (1917-2002). You can read more about that event and its honoree here. (more…)

Soisalon-Soininen Symposium Program & Registration Available

A few months ago I posted about the upcoming Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint, which will be held this coming 1-4 June 2017 at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

I’m glad to see that there is now more information about this event available on the homepage, including the following snippet:

Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen (1917–2002) was Professor of the Faculty of Theology 1964–84 and the “founding father” of Septuagint studies in Finland. He did pioneering research on the Greek syntax of the Septuagint, especially by applying to it his translation-technical methodology, which is still the hall-mark of the “Helsinki School” of Septuagint studies.


You can now also register for the symposium, which is free of charge through this link:


The line-up of keynote speakers for this event consists of the top scholars in the discipline. The full program is now available as well, which I’ve reproduced here:

Thursday, Ju1st

University Main building, Fabianinkatu 33, 2nd floor, Runebergsali (Runeberg Hall)

15.45 Registration/refreshments
16.00 Raija Sollamo & Anneli Aejmelaeus
Opening Speech
Keynote Session – Chair: Raija Sollamo
16.30 James K. Aitken (University of Cambridge)
Standard Language and the Place of the Septuagint within Koine
17.30 Seppo Sipilä (Finnish Bible Society)
Soisalon-Soininen Meets Grice: The Cooperational Principle and the Septuagint Syntax
18.30 Discussion
19.00 Reception by the Rector of the University

 Friday 2 June

University Main building, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor, Sali (Room) 5

Keynote Session – Chair: Anneli Aejmelaeus
9.00 John A. L. Lee (Macquarie University)
Back to the Question of Greek Idiom
10.00 Raija Sollamo (University of Helsinki)
The Usage of the Article with Nouns Defined by a Nominal or Pronominal Genitive
11.00 Refreshments
Short Papers – Chair: Seppo Sipilä
11.30 William A. Ross (University of Cambridge)
The Semantics of ‘Youth’ Vocabulary in the Septuagint
12.00 Christian Seppänen (University of Helsinki)
Renderings of the Preposition min in the Greek Pentateuch
12.30 Miika Tucker (University of Helsinki)
The Infinitive in Septuagint Jeremiah
13.00 Lunch (Restaurant Frans et Amélie, Helsinki, Kluuvikatu 8)
Keynote Session – Chair: Seppo Sipilä
14.30 Theo van der Louw (SIL International)
The Mechanics of Segmentation in the Greek Pentateuch
15.30 Anssi Voitila (University of Eastern Finland)
Middle Voice as Depiction of Subject’s Dominion in the Greek Pentateuch
16.30 Refreshments
Short Papers – Chair Anssi Voitila
17.00 Philippe Le Moigne
Une tournure syntaxique fréquente en Ésaïe-LXX : substantif abstrait + λήμψεται + complément d’objet direct
17.30 Srecko Koralija (University of Cambridge)
Notions of Paradise, Enjoyment and Heaven in LXX
18.00 Free evening

 Saturday 3 June

University Main building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor, Auditorio (Auditorium) XIII

Keynote Session – Chair: Anssi Voitila
9.00 Silvia Luraghi (University of Pavia) & Chiara Zanchi (University of Pavia/University of Bergamo)
New meanings and constructions of prepositions in the Septuagint: A comparison with Classical and New Testament Greek
10.00 Anneli Aejmelaeus (University of Helsinki)
Translation Technique and the Recensions
11.00 Refreshments
Short Papers – Chair: Anneli Aejmelaeus
11.30 José Manuel Cañas Reíllo (Departamento de Filología Griega y Latina CCHS – CSICC)
Recensions, textual groups, and vocabulary differentiation in LXX-Judges
12.00 Patrick Pouchelle (Centre Sèvres)
Did the Greek Translators Know the Pi’el Stem, and How Did They Render it?
12.30 TBA
13.00 Lunch (Salad Buffet on the University premises)
Keynote Session – Chair Raija Sollamo
14.30 Jan Joosten (University of Oxford)
Grammar and Style in the Septuagint: On Some Remarkable Uses of Preverbs
15.30 Concluding Discussion on the Septuagint Syntax
16.30 Free Time
19.00 Symposium Dinner (Ravintola Sunn, Aleksanterinkatu 26, 2nd floor)

 Sunday 4 June

10.00 A Walking Tour in Helsinki starting at Hotel Töölö Towers, address: Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 23 A. The programme includes bringing flowers to the Grave of Prof. Soisalon-Soininen
12.00 Birthday-coffee, invitation by Prof. Eljas Soisalon-Soininen

My paper

I am looking forward to presenting some of my research related to my dissertation. My abstract is as available here.