Professional Societies

2018 ETS Septuagint Studies Session

This November the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society will be held in Denver, Colorado. I am excited to announce once again the details of the Septuagint Studies consultation for this year’s event. Despite my own presence within it, I must say that we have another great panel of presenters lined up. (more…)

Call for Papers: Septuagint Studies at the 2018 EABS Meeting (Helsinki)

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…)

Jellicoe’s Letter & the 50th Anniversary of the IOSCS

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…)