Old Testament Studies

New Article Surveying Septuagint Research

Back in April, I posted something that I very modestly entitled An Absolutely Gigantic Septuagint Bibliography, because that’s what it is. I’ve had some good response to it over the last few months and, yes, I am keeping a list of additions, which stack up at an alarming rate.

Anyhow, I mentioned in that post how the impetus for the bibliography was linked to my work on producing an updated survey of the last decade of Septuagint scholarship for Currents in Biblical Research. The last such bibliography had been written by Kristen De Troyer and stopped in 2012. But what I did not mention previously is that the impetus for writing this survey at all actually arose while I was hopped up on heavy-duty narcotics last Christmastide, following a sudden and rather drastic spinal surgery (from which I have fully recovered, d.g.). Now that I’ve completed the task, I humbly recognize that it is only something that sounds reasonable in such a drug-induced state. (more…)

The XVII Congress Volume of the IOSCS Published

Every three years the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT) holds a congress somewhere around the world. And during that congress, a number of other, smaller societies hold their own little get-togethers as a kind of mini-congress. One of the societies that does so is the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS).

Now, if I’ve said it once here, I’ve said it a thousand times: If you are even remotely interested in Septuagint scholarship, you should join the IOSCS immediately. It’s cheap, we’re friendly, and you’ll get the Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies shipped to your door.

But I digress. In addition to meeting every three years at this congress, the IOSCS also collects the papers presented and publishes them as a volume in the SBL Septuagint and Cognate Studies series. So I was very pleased to see this (rather formidable) undertaking recently come to light. (more…)

Two Recent Publications

It’s the beginning of the academic year, so there’s plenty of buzz and activity getting started this week. But before the frenzy gets too intense, I thought I’d take a few minutes to write up a short post about two recent publications of mine. I debated whether or not to put “publications” in scare-quotes, since these two items are either not new or not “published,” at least not in the usual sense. Still, I’m happy to see them both out in the world. (more…)