It’s great to see the publication of a new volume on Septuagint research. This work was edited by a team of scholars involved in the Forschungsprojekte zur Septuaginta in Deutschland, which hosts a conference every other year in Germany and publishes the proceedings with Mohr Siebeck. In fact, what would have been the eighth conference was scheduled for this very weekend in Wuppertal, but like everything else it was cancelled for obvious reasons. (It is slated to occur next summer, d.v.)
In any case, the new volume, Die Septuaginta – Themen, Manuskripte, Wirkungen, is now in print and contains articles from the 2018 conference, which was a wonderful event. There is a huge number of articles in this book, which comes in just shy of 1,000 pages! (more…)
In the course of my doctoral research I accidentally developed a liking for archives. Much of good biblical scholarship will involve direct interaction with ancient manuscripts, of course, whether in physical or digital format. But in addition to that, I’ve become fascinated with more modern materials related to Septuagint scholarship. So I have been slowly building my own archive, some of which I have shared already. More on this to come in due course.
But I want to share some archival treasures in recognition of today, the fiftieth birthday of the IOSCS. (more…)
Strangely enough, even though biblical studies as a discipline revolves around primary sources, not a lot of those involved in research actually have a reason to view a physical ancient manuscript. It’s a digital age. Even in my own work with Hellenistic papyri and inscriptions almost everything I need to look at is digitized. Occasionally I will view a published edition, but even a lot of that is online as well (e.g., SEG).
That is why I always relish the opportunity to actually see some physical stuff in a library somewhere. I have posted a few times in the recent past about a few visits I’ve made to the University of Cambridge library, where I took some time to view some of the correspondence of revered Septuagint scholar H. B. Swete (e.g. here and here. NB I hope to post more from the troves of what I found there in due course).
But recently I had the chance to make two archival visits to view some items that were actually old. One pretty old and another really old. It was great fun so I thought I’d explain these visits. (more…)