Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Journal: SEE-JNTS

There is a new journal which has only just been launched: Scandinavian Evangelical E-Journal for New Testament Studies (SEE-JNTS). I think the title tells you already a fair bit about it - it is Scandinavian (but publishing mostly in English), it is Evangelical (and based at the Copenhagen Lutheran School of Theology), it is an Electronic Journal (on-line not in print; 'peer reviewed'), and it covers New Testament Studies. I don't know if Tommy is involved (he is after all a Scandinavian evangelical on-line New Testament scholar), but they would welcome submissions.

7 Comments:

Tommy Wasserman said...

No, I am not involved. It seems to be a Danish initiative.

Peter M. Head said...

My apologies. Put my foot in it again. Danish eh? What do the Swedes think of the Danes? Do you resist or embrace "Scandinavia"?

Tommy Wasserman said...

We embrace Scandinavia and on a personal basis I have many friends in Denmark.

However, from the viewpoint of our nations I will just mention one thing that some Swedes are afraid of. The Danes have recently had more problems - from my viewpoint - with hostility towards foreigners. In fact, a party in Denmark that represent a xenophobic policy has great influence in the government.

Many in Sweden are now afraid that in our election this year, a similar party in Sweden, which has historically been a minor party on the fringe (with historical roots in Nationalsocialism before they became more "respectable", by purging out some people, and by toning down their worst racism) is now gaining ground.

From the linguistic viewpoint, Swedish language is closely related to Norwegian, Danish and Icelandish (in that order I think). Finnish is completely different, but many people in Finland know Swedish.

The White Man said...

It's the Danish that may take a more dim view of the Swedes, having been conquered and ruled by them from 1814 to 1905 (for centuries prior to that, the western portion of Finland had experienced the same).

And lest we assume Tommy himself to be a Swede, he actually lives in the historically Danish province of Scania (heart of the original 'Scandanavia'), which was conquered by the Swedes in 1658 and has yet to be given back.

Finally, lest anyone think I'm more prejudiced one way than the other, let me state that my dearly departed great-great grandmother Fredrika, as well as her philandering sea-captain of a husband, were both Finnish Swedes.

Daniel Buck said...

The White Man wrote:
"It's the Danish that may take a more dim view of the Swedes, having been conquered and ruled by them from 1814 to 1905."

Actually, it was only the parts of Denmark now known as Norway that were ruled by Sweden from 1814 to 1905--thus accounting for the greater influence of Swedish on at least one of the two languages now known as Norwegian.

Peter M. Head said...

Sometimes you guys make commenting on this blog really enjoyable. Thanks.

Tommy Wasserman said...

White man: "And lest we assume Tommy himself to be a Swede, he actually lives in the historically Danish province of Scania."

No, I do not live in Skåne (=Scania). However, Lund university is in Scania. But I live further north in Örebro and travel with train to Lund every now and then. Until 31 August I have 100% research so I do not have an teaching duties in Lund.

More about Skåne here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scania