Monday, October 01, 2018

The Septuagint at the Denver Meetings


It’s that time of year again when those presenting at the society meetings begin to panic because they now wonder how they will write those papers they proposed several months ago. At least that’s what my friends tell me ;-).

The Septuagint or Greek Old Testament will be featured in a number of sessions at ETS and SBL/IOSCS. These are the main sessions treating the Greek Old Testament. If I have missed any papers that you know of, please add them in the comments.


3:00 PM-6:10 PM Septuagint Studies Tower Building Mezzanine Level — Denver
Moderator: Jennifer Brown Jones (McMaster Divinity College)

3:00 PM—3:40 PM Edmon L. Gallagher* (Heritage Christian University) Jerome on the Septuagint as Christian Scripture

3:50 PM—4:30 PM Gregory R. Lanier (Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando) William A. Ross (University of Cambridge) How We Produced “Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition” ... and What We Learned

4:40 PM—5:20 PM Christopher J. Fresch (Bible College of South Australia) The Septuagint and Discourse Grammar

5:30 PM—6:10 PM Zachary A. Vickery The Translation Technique of LXX-Ruth

I’m disappointed to have to miss some of this session due to my own paper at 4:40 PM—5:20 PM: The Canonicity of Esther in Early Jewish & Christian Sources: A Case Study for Evaluating Canon in the Old Testament Historical Books session at the Tower Building Majestic Level — Savoy. But I hope to make some of these papers before and after my own.


(1) International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: Aspen Room B (Third Level) - Embassy Suites Downtown (ES)
Theme: Prophets in the LXX
Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University, Presiding

John D. Meade, Phoenix Seminary
The Dream for a “Field for the Twenty-First Century” Endures: A Description and Defense of the New Critical Edition of Job 22–42 (30 min)

Abstract: Publishing “a Field for the Twenty-First Century” remains the aim of the Hexapla Project, and after many years of waiting, the release of its first edition, A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22–42, is planned for winter of 2018. In light of this development, I want to (1) review the aims of the Hexapla Project, (2) describe the format of the new edition vis-à-vis prior editions, and (3) reply to some recent criticism of the project with specific examples from the new edition of Job 22–42. The new edition surpasses the previous editions of Frederick Field and Joseph Ziegler both in terms of evidence and method, and this advance will be demonstrated with examples from Job 22–42. Finally, Olivier Munnich has offered some recent criticisms of the Hexapla Project, which I will address in the final part of the presentation.

Matthew Albanese, University of Oxford
Old Greek Isaiah 13:19: Misunderstood Hebrew and Constructive Greek (30 min)

Johanna Erzberger, Cardiff University
Echoing Prayers: The Prayer of Repentance (Bar 1:15-3:8) in the Book of Baruch and in the Context of Intertextual References between Bar, Dan, and the Versions of Jeremiah (30 min)

Miika Tucker, University of Helsinki
The Translation Character of Septuagint Jeremiah (30 min)

Business Meeting (30 min)

(2) International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: 104 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Pentateuch, Historical Books, and Wisdom Texts in the LXX
Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University, Presiding

Larry Perkins, Northwest Baptist Seminary/ACTS, Langley, B.C.
Plague Terms and Plague Descriptions in Greek Exodus: Strategies Used by the Translator to enhance the Narrative. (30 min)

Spencer Elliott, Trinity Western University
Dionysus, Azazel, and Processionals: The Influence of the Dionysian Cult in LXX Leviticus (30 min)

Timo Tekoniemi, Helsingin Yliopisto - University of Helsinki
Enhancing the Depiction of a Prophet: The Repercussions of Textual Criticism to the Study of the Elisha Cycle (30 min)

Joel Bell, University of Oxford
ΔΙΚΑΙΩΜΑ: A Curious Case of Semantic Borrowing (30 min)

Marieke Dhont, Cambridge University
The Septuagint and Scribal Practices in Hellenistic Judaism (30 min)

James K. Aitken, University of Cambridge
Classical Allusion and the Greek of Sirach (30 min)

(3) International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Room: 207 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Perspectives on LXX Studies, Incuding the Hexapla
Leonard Greenspoon, Creighton University, Presiding

Cameron Boyd-Taylor, Trinity Western University
From Text to Discourse: Foucault and the Septuagint (30 min)

Sandra Gambetti, College of Staten Island (CUNY)
The LXX Vorlage (30 min)

William A. Ross, University of Cambridge and Gregory R. Lanier, Reformed Theological Seminary
Skeuos of the Septuaginta: Statistical and Semantic Reflections from the Making of a Reader’s Edition(30 min)

Daniel Olariu, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Mechanics of Recensional Process: The Treatment of the First-Found Equivalents (30 min)

Russell Hawkins, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Technology and Text: A New Application for the Hexapla Institute (30 min)

Benjamin Kantor, University of Cambridge
A New (Print and Online) Critical Edition of the Second Column (Secunda) of Origen’s Hexapla (30 min)

(4) International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: 104 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Goettingen Septuagint: Greek and Coptic
Reinhard Kratz, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Presiding (15 min)

Anneli Aejmelaeus, University of Helsinki
Challenges of the Critical Edition of 1 Samuel (25 min)

Pablo Torijano, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
The Göttingen Edition of III-IV Kingdoms: The Recension Criticism Approach (25 min)

Robert J. V. Hiebert, Trinity Western University
A Synopsis of the Textual History of 4 Maccabees (25 min)

Break (15 min)

Peter J Gentry, Southern Seminary
Advantages of the Goettingen Editions: Focus on Ecclesiastes (25 min)

Felix Albrecht, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen
The New Critical Edition of the Psalms of Solomon: Septuaginta. Vetus Testamentum Graecum Auctoritate Academiae Scientiarum Gottingensis Editum, vol. XII/3 (25 min)

Frank Feder, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
The Sahidic Version of the Corpus Ieremiae (25 min)

(1) Greek Bible

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Room: 710 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Lexicography of the Greek Bible (Exodus)

Eberhard Bons, Université de Strasbourg, Antonella Bellantuono, Cristina Buffa, Laura Bigoni, Anna Mambelli and Daniela Scialabba, Université de Strasbourg
Exodus: An Investigation of Vocabulary and Concepts from Ancient Greek Literature to Early Christian Writings (120 min)

Anna Mambelli, Université de Strasbourg
Exodos: Lexical History and Reception of a Greek Term (30 min)

(2) Greek Bible

4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: Mineral Hall D (Third Level) - Hyatt Regency (HR)

Michael B. Shepherd, Cedarville University
Haggai and Zechariah in Greek Psalm Superscriptions (30 min)

Preston L. Atwood, University of Wisconsin-Madison
On the Relation between the Peshiṭta and Old Greek of Isaiah: A Case Study on Isaiah 1–5 (30 min)

Matt Harber, Duke University
The Benevolence of Job as a Literary Tradition in the Testament of Job (30 min)

Jason D. Hitchcock, Marquette University
Every Knee Will Bow to Me, the Lord Who Died and Lived (Romans 14) (30 min)

Devin L. White, Australian Catholic University
Evagrius of Pontus on Exodus 30:34–37 and the Virtues of the Soul (30 min)

(3) Greek Bible

1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Room: 606 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Lexicography of the Greek Bible (General)

John A L Lee, Macquarie University, Sydney
Greek Idiom in the LXX-Pentateuch: The Preposition para (30 min)

Cameron Boyd-Taylor, Trinity Western University
Shifting Frames: A Frame-Based Analysis of Lexical Meaning (30 min)

Matthew Pawlak, University of Cambridge
Verbal Irony in Translation: The Septuagint Prophets (30 min)

Frank Shaw, Independent Scholar
Use of the Biblical (LXX) Onomastica among Early Christian Commentators (30 min)

Discussion (30 min)

(4) Greek Bible; International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies

Joint Session With: Greek Bible, International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Room: 507 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: Commenting on the Greek Bible
Siegfried Kreuzer, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel, Presiding

Jean Maurais, McGill University
Commenting on Greek Deuteronomy 25: Some Reflections on the Challenges of Investigating the Production of the Greek Text (30 min)

Roger Good, Living Stream Ministry
Translating Narrative Wayhi in Paraleipomenon: Archaizing or Modernizing by the Translator, in the Vorlage, or in the MT? (30 min)

Antje Labahn, Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel
God as a Gleaning Cook (30 min)

Ken Penner, Saint Francis Xavier University
Isaiah in Codex Sinaiticus (30 min)

Jan Joosten, University of Oxford
La Bible d’Alexandrie (30 min)

Septuagint Papers in Other Sections (Growing List)

Ethiopic Bible and Literature 

11/17/2018 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Room: 608 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)
Theme: The Textual History of the Ethiopic Old Testament

Pete Myers, University of Cambridge
A Qualitative Onomastic Method for Identifying the Relationship between Ge’ez Manuscripts and the Greek Traditions, Illustrated from the Text of Ezra-Nehemiah

Textual Criticism of Samuel – Kings

9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Room: 711 (Street Level) - Convention Center (CC)

Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Special Character of the Masoretic Text of Samuel (30 min)

Paavo Huotari, Helsingin Yliopisto, Helsingfors Universitet
Can Qumran Samuel Scrolls Help Us Find Old Greek Readings? (30 min)

Natia Mirotadze, Ivane Javakhishvili, Tbilisi State University
Readings of the Three on the Margins of the Georgian Manuscripts of Samuel-Kings (30 min)

Pablo Torijano, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
1 Kgs 11:1–10: Problems and Solutions (30 min)

Andrés Piquer Otero, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Greek Text Types and Hebrew Editions: The Case of the Beginning of 2 Kings (30 min)

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