Call for Papers: 2019 IOSOT Congress (Aberdeen)

If you are a regular in the world of biblical studies conferences, then you are probably not prepared to start thinking about anything other than the ETS, IBR, and/or SBL events in Denver coming up (next month, in case you forgot).

And yet, think you must, especially if you are part of Old Testament scholarship, since the IOSOT Congress is coming up next summer. It is to be held at the University of Aberdeen from 4-9 August 2019 in the newly renovated and refurbished Music Hall. There is a dedicated website here.

Although registration is not quite up and running, the call for papers is now open. (more…)

Septuagint Scholar Interview: John A. L. Lee

Today I have the distinct pleasure of presenting my interview with Dr. John A. L. Lee, who is honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Ancient History Department at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. You will read more about his educational and teaching background below, but Lee is widely recognized as a leading scholar of Greek language and lexicography.

His doctoral work, completed at the University of Cambridge in 1970, was foundational for how scholarship now understands the language of the Septuagint, especially the Greek Pentateuch. (It also set the trajectory for my own doctoral dissertation, also on Septuagint lexicography.)

N.B. There is now a library of fourteen scholar interviews, with more on the way in due course.

Preliminary Details for the IOSCS 50th Anniversary Celebration

There are a number of “centers” of Septuagint scholarship around the world. In fact, you can find fascinating reports on scholarly activity in various countries in the recently published volume 50 of the Journal for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (see ToC here). But the hub of all this activity is undeniably the IOSCS.

I have written about the IOSCS before and won’t review details here, except to say that if you’re interested in knowing how the IOSCS came about in the first place, you can read the original letter penned by Sydney Jellicoe right here.

If you are interested in Septuagint studies you should definitely become a member and read the journal.

In any case, the society is on the verge of crossing a significant milestone when it reaches its 50th anniversary later this year. Since the first official meeting of the IOSCS occurred at the national meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in 1968, it is fitting that the celebration will occur at the same event this year in Denver at the 2018 AAR/SBL conference.

Yesterday I received preliminary details from Leonard Greenspoon that the 50th Anniversary Celebration of IOSCS scheduled will take place on Saturday, November 17 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM in the Platinum Room on the Lobby Level of the Hilton Garden Inn. I am told there will be conversing, eating, and drinking (not necessarily in that order) along with a program of some kind.

More details as they become available.