Back in January I posted information about an open call for papers for the upcoming Septuagint conference at the Kirchliche Hochschule in Wuppertal, Germany. Obviously a lot has happened since that call went out. As of this morning I received word that the 2020 conference has been cancelled. However, the event usually occurs every other year and the organizers were able to secure funding for putting on the exact same conference in 2021. So functionally this is a postponement, rather than a straight cancellation, especially since all those presenting research are being given the option to simply defer for a year. (more…)

Two Recent Archives Visits

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…)