International Organization for
The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) is a nonprofit, learned society formed to promote international research in and study of the Septuagint and related texts. By the term Septuagint is meant the ancient translations of the Hebrew Scriptures into Greek, including both the translation of the Pentateuch and that of the other books of the “Alexandrian Canon.” By the term cognate studies is meant the study of the ancient translations made from the Septuagint (“daughter versions”) and the so-called apocryphal and pseudepigraphical literature circulating around the turn of the era.
Individuals and institutions with an interest in the Septuagint and related materials are welcome as members in the IOSCS. For more information about membership, please follow this link.
IOSCS Executive Committee
The IOSCS publishes an annual journal. Through issue 43, this publication was known as the Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (BIOSCS). With issue 44 (2011), the name became Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (JSCS).
Articles submitted to the journal are double-blind peer-reviewed by multiple scholars. To safeguard the integrity of the peer-review process, the names of reviewers are not published or made known. The current Editor is Siegfried Kreuzer, Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel, Wuppertal, Germany.
All current members and subscribers receive the Journal. Follow this link to become a subscriber or to renew your subscription.
The first 43 volumes of our Journal are available online in PDF form.
Septuagint and Cognate Studies (SCS) Monograph Series
Under the auspices of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), the IOSCS publishes a monograph series, refereed by its Editor (a member of the Executive Committee) in consultation with other scholars at the Editor's invitation. The current editor is Wolfgang Kraus, and the editorial board is composed of Karen Jobes, Rob Hiebert, Siegfried Kreuzer, Philippe Le Moigne, and Arie van der Kooij.
Critical Editions of Septuagint or Old Greek Texts
In response to questions about the best available critical editions of the Septuagint or Old Greek for use in scholarly discussion and development, including electronically based research, the Executive Committee of the IOSCS offers recommendations.
New translations of the Septuagint into modern languages have become available in recent years.
Translation into English
A New English Translation of the Septuagint (edited by Albert Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright) is available from Oxford University Press.
Translation into German
Septuaginta Deutsch: Das griechische Alte Testament in deutscher Übersetzung (edited by Wolfgang Kraus and Martin Karrer) is available from the Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft.
Translation into Spanish
The four volumes of La Biblia griega — Septuaginta
have been published by Ediciones Sígueme of Salamanca:
Translation into French
Also see the related website, Le Carnet de recherches La Bible d’Alexandrie: Version grecque des Septante.
The Septuagint in Romanian
A critical edition of the first Romanian translation of the Septuagint, by Nicolae Spătarul Milescu (1636-1708), has been published: The Old Testament — The Septuagint: Nicolae the Spathar Milescu’s Version (Ms. 45 from the Library of Cluj Branch of Romanian Academy), edited by Eugen Munteanu (coordinator), Ana-Maria Gînsac, Ana-Maria Minuţ, Lucia-Gabriela Munteanu, Mădălina Ungureanu (The University „Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Printing Press, Iaşi, 2016).
Projects of the IOSCS
The following projects are conducted under the auspices of the IOSCS.
The John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies
The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) offers an annual prize of $350 to be awarded to an outstanding paper in the field of Septuagint studies. The prize has been named in memory of John William Wevers to honor his many contributions to the field of Septuagint studies. More information is available. The deadline for submissions is August 15 of each year.
Useful Resources on the Internet
News and Announcements
Psalms 2020 Colloquium at Ghent University
"Biblical Poetry: the Legacy of the Psalms in Late Antiquity and Byzantium" will be the subject of a colloquium organized by Reinhart Ceulemans and others at Ghent University, 23–24 April 2020. In preparation of a volume on the reception of the Psalms in their Greek Septuagint translation from Late Antiquity and Byzantium, the organizers invite scholars of all levels of experience to present a 20-minute paper at the colloquium.
2019 International Meeting in Aberdeen
The next International Meeting of the IOSCS will be held in Aberdeen, concurrently with IOSOT. The IOSCS meetings will be scheduled on the afternoons of 5th, 6th, and 8th of August, 2019, with a business meeting in the late afternoon or early evening of Thursday the 8th.
The main theme of the IOSCS meetings will be “The Septuagint in its Hellenistic Jewish setting,” encompassing questions of history, textual development, interpretation, religious outlook, cultural context, and lexicography. Papers relating to this theme will be especially welcome. However, papers on other subjects will also be considered.
The Call for Papers is available. (The deadline for proposals has passed.)
Both the IOSCS projects (NETS, Hexapla, LXX.D, SBLCS) and other allied groups (e.g. HTLS, Göttingen volume editors, La Bible d’Alexandrie) are encouraged to offer panel sessions, either on the conference theme or on aspects of their current work. Joachim Schaper wishes all proposals from sister organizations to go through the IOSOT Aberdeen site. IOSOT will send the proposals on to IOSCS in due course.
Summer Septuagint Course at TWU
The Associated Canadian Theological Schools of Trinity Western University and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies have announced their Septuagint Summer School course for 2019. The course, “The Septuagint, Translation & Jewish Scribalism” will be taught by Dr. John Screnock, Research Fellow in Hebrew Bible, University of Oxford. It is scheduled to take place June 24-28, 2019, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm (Pacific Daylight Time). See flyer (PDF) for more information.
2018 John W. Wevers Prize for Outstanding Paper
The 2018 Wevers prize goes to Daniel Olariu for his paper, “The Mechanics of the Recensional Process: Theodotion’s Treatment of First-Found Equivalents in Old Greek Daniel.” Daniel is a PhD student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research project is “An Analysis of the Revisional Process in Theodotion’s Greek Text of Daniel,” being carried out under the supervision of Profs. Emanuel Tov and Michael Segal.
Septuaginta: A Reader’s Edition Published
A new reader’s edition of the Septuagint will be available in November (and can already be pre-ordered!). Edited by William Ross and Gregory Lanier, it includes the entire Septuagint (the text is that of Rahlfs-Hanhart). To facilitate reading, each page is annotated with lexical information. More information is available from Christian Books.
2018 Annual SBL Meeting
Subscriptions Available in Euros
For the convenience of European members, we have made arrangements to receive subscription dues in Euros.
More Digital Issues Available
Sympathy: Peter Flint
Our colleague, Peter Flint, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, 3 November 2016. Needless to say, this is sad news and a great shock to all who knew him as a friend and as a colleague.
Fernández Marcos Elected to British Academy
Congratulations to Natalio Fernández Marcos, who was elected a "Corresponding Fellow" of the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences on 16 July 2015, in recognition of academic distinction in scholarly research and publication. The election noted:
"Natalio Fernández Marcos is one of the foremost Septuagint scholars in the international scene. While his work is primarily relevant to biblical studies, he has also written about such subjects as Hellenistic Judaism and the history of scholarship."
Professor Fernández Marcos is Profesor Vinculado ad Honorem at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales, Madrid. He co-directs the Biblia griega project.
La Biblia griega, Spanish Translation
Ediciones Sígueme of Salamanca has published the final volume of their Spanish translation of the Septuagint: La Biblia griega. Septuaginta. IV. Libros proféticos (Salamanca: Sígueme 2015).
Göttingen Second Chronicles Published
Festschrift for Marc Vervenne
Hans Ausloos and Bénédicte Lemmelijn have edited a Festschrift for Marc Vervenne: A Pillar of Cloud to Guide: Text-critical, Redactional, and Linguistic Perspectives on the Old Testament in Honour of Marc Vervenne. It is available as volume 269 in the Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium series from Peeters.
Resources from the Göttingen Septuaginta-Unternehmen
The Göttingen Septuaginta-Unternehmen, home of the Göttingen editions of the Septuagint, has announced two initiatives of interest to those dealing with textual criticism of the Septuagint.
(1) One of the tasks of the Septuaginta-Unternehmen is to manage the Rahlfs-sigla that are used to refer to Septuagint manuscripts in our edition and in several other publications. Since new manuscript witnesses keep on being identified, the collection of Rahlfs-sigla constantly needs to be expanded. In December 2012, the institute posted a PDF file with the up-to-date list of Rahlfs-sigla on its website, freely available to the public domain.
(2) Several of the older volumes that have appeared in the series “Mitteilungen des Septuaginta-Unternehmens” are no longer available in print. To meet the wishes of the scholarly community to maintain access to these publications (among them, Rahlfs’ Verzeichnis), the Septuaginta-Unternehmen has published a free PDF scan of the first four volumes on its website.
User Manuals for Göttingen Editions
Christian Schäfer, a research fellow of the Septuaginta-Unternehmen in Göttingen, has written two manuals to allow both beginners and specialists to use the Göttingen editions of the Septuagint in an improved way. Above all, they explain in detail the structure and language of the apparatus of the editio critica maior. The first volume deals with the editions by J.W. Wevers. It is also available as an e-book. The second volume deals with U. Quast's editions.
Septuaginta Deutsch Commentary Published
The German Bible Society has published Septuaginta Deutsch’s commentary on the Septuagint:
More News and Announcements
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