Friday, January 03, 2020

Origen as Philologist: Inaugural Text & Canon Institute Colloquium

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My colleague and coblogger, Peter Gurry, and I were busy in 2019 planning the first big events for Phoenix Seminary's Text & Canon Institute. Last year, we announced our first church conference, Sacred Words: A Conference on the History of the Bible, to take place on February 21-22, 2020.


This year we announce our first academic colloquium will be on Origen as Philologist. From the colloquium website:
Twenty five years after Oxford’s Rich Seminar sparked a renaissance of research on Origen’s Hexapla, the Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute will host its first colloquium to explore Origen’s textual scholarship and its reception in late antiquity.
Origen of Alexandria moved to Caesarea around AD 230 and soon after began his work on the Hexapla or six-parallel-columned edition of the Old Testament. This edition inspired the preparation of subsequent scholarly editions of the Greek scriptures at the Caesarean Library that impacted the text and exegesis of the Scriptures in their Greek and Hebrew forms there and in other locales.
For its inaugural colloquium, the Text & Canon Institute is bringing together a group of international scholars to write this chapter of the Bible’s history.
The colloquium will take place November 18–19, 2020.
We have assembled a stellar group of scholars for this colloquium to describe classical philology in the Alexandrian tradition and its reception and use by Origen and others of the Caesarean Library. As you make plans to attend conferences in 2020, please consider attending this one in Phoenix. The weather promises to be wonderful and the conversation over Origen to be even better!

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