Old Testament Studies

International LXX Day 2021: The Upcoming Grinfield Lectures

Update 2/10/21: The lectures will be recorded (not the Q&A) and posted on the Oxford Centre webpage.

The glorious day of worldwide celebration is once again upon us. Happy International Septuagint Day to one and all! On this very occasion we celebrate the fifteenth year of this great festival, which was proclaimed as an eternal edict in 2006 by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS). (more…)

2021 Biblical Studies Conference Calls & Invited Sessions

Over the last several years I have gotten more involved in the major biblical studies societies, not only as a presenter of papers, but as an organizer of sessions. It’s a different kind of work, but I had found it really enjoyable to work with others to try to create and host good sessions. And believe it or not, the call for paper proposals is already open for the late 2021 conference season (at least in some cases), so that coordinating process is already underway. (more…)

2021 Trinity Western University Septuagint Summer Course

Those within the orbit of Septuagint scholarship know of the John William Wevers Institute of Septuagint Studies that is based at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. I have written various posts about TWU over the years (see here), and one of the yearly events of note is their summer school seminar on the Septuagint. I have participated in some of these myself and also posted these each year for a while now (see the posts here: 2020, 2019, 201820172016, and 2015). 

I’m glad to see this tradition continuing even in the uncertain times we seem to be living through. This year the summer school will continue, focusing on the books of Maccabees. The fellows of the Institute are seasoned LXX scholars who will make for excellent guides in this fascinating (and usually neglected) area of the deuterocanonical Greek Bible. 

The course this year will be conducted via Zoom only, with no in-person option for obvious reasons. The course poster is below: