It happens every year. Yet it always seems to surprise us. Just about as soon as you recover from the conferences and the holiday season, and finally get back into a working groove, the calls for papers go out.
Today I want to draw attention to the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS), which, like the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL) and other organizations, has a conference every year. This year, it will be held in Helsinki, Finland, from 30 July – 3 August, in conjunction with the International SBL meeting (ISBL). (more…)
Scholarship is about collaboration. Few projects of any significance are brought to completion by the hand of a single scholar working alone. For the most part, it is receiving the input and criticism of others whose speciality overlaps with yours that makes a good project into a great one.
The highly regarded scholar Sydney Jellicoe (1906-1973) of Bishop’s University recognized the need for collaboration among scholars working in Septuagint research. Jellicoe is well known for his introduction to the field, The Septuagint and Modern Study (Oxford University Press, 1968), which provides the state of the field in the late 1960s (and which is still very much worth reading).
At that time, there was a good deal of work already underway in the discipline, thanks in large measure to the foundations laid in Cambridge and Germany at the turn of the century by figures such as H. Swete, H. St. J. Thackeray, and P. de Lagarde. But Septuagint scholarship was still without a gravitational center and, perhaps owing to his work preparing his introduction to the field, Jellicoe felt that it was the poorer for it.
So he decided to start a society. This month, fifty years ago. And in order to do that, he sent the letter below recruiting his colleagues. (more…)
Just a few weeks ago the annual conferences of the biblical studies societies were underway in New England. As I have posted about in the past, I have the pleasure of chairing the Septuagint Studies consultation at the annual conference of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS). We have a great team of doctoral students and scholars on the steering committee who are interested in promoting study of of the Septuagint in this venue.
Thus far, we’ve had some great success. In our first year as a consultation we had a stellar panel of presenters, and for that reason we had great turnout. You can read a review of last year’s session here. (more…)