IOSCS

The International Organization for
Septuagint and Cognate Studies



News Archive

This is an archive of previous announcements. Current news is on our home page.

Call for Papers: Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint

We have received a call for papers to be presented at the Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint — in celebration of the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen. The Symposium will take place 1st-3rd June 2017 at the University of Helsinki. Paper proposals should be submitted by 31st October 2016. See the full Call for Papers (PDF) and the symposium website for further details.

IOSCS Congress, Stellenbosch, 5-6 September 2016

The next International Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies is to be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, on 5-6 September 2016 (together with the IOSOT conference, on 4-9 September, 2016). See more details.

CFP: Byzantines and the Bible 2016

Recent scholarship has turned its attention to the role of the Bible in the Byzantine world, notably with two recent Dumbarton Oaks Colloquia on the Old and New Testaments respectively, but much remains to be done in bridging the gap between mainstream Byzantine studies and the activities surrounding the reading, studying and copying of the principal sacred text in Christianity. Following a successful and stimulating paper session organized within the European Association of Biblical Studies meeting in Cordoba (July 2015), we would like to continue to open a dialogue between Byzantinists and biblical scholars by proposing a broader thematic session at the 23rd International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Belgrade, 22-27 August 2016.

Proposals should be submitted by 30 September 2015. See the full announcement for details.

Annual Prize for Outstanding Paper

Submissions for the 2016 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies are being accepted until August 15, 2016. This prize is limited to advanced graduate students or recent Ph.D. recipients (4 years or less after receiving the degree). Please submit your paper of 4500-5500 words electronically in PDF format to Prof. Karen Jobes at karen.jobes@wheaton.edu. See additional information.

2015 Wevers Prize

Congratulations to Dr. Christoffer Theis, who has been awarded the 2015 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies for his paper, “Θεκεμείνας und תַּחְפְּנֵיס in 1. Könige 11,19.”

TWU Septuagint Summer School 2016

The Associated Canadian Theological Schools of Trinity Western University and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies are pleased to co-sponsor a three-credit course, “Exegeting the Septuagint Psalms: Theory, Method and Interpretation,” May 30–June 3, 2016. Class sessions will be led by Dr. Cameron Boyd-Taylor, co-editor of the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint series, and a supervisor of the Greek Psalter Project sponsored by the Scholars Initiative, the research arm of the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. Video live-streaming of class sessions will be an option for students who live at a distance from campus. Share the flyer (PDF) with students.

Grinfield Lectureship on the Septuagint 2016-2018

Oxford University is seeking to appoint a lecturer for two academic years. The lecturer will give three lectures in each academic year on the LXX version of the Hebrew Scriptures, its history, its philological character, its bearing on the criticisms of the New Testament, and its value as an evidence of the authenticity of the Old and New Testaments.

Candidates should submit their proposals by 5 May 2015. See the full announcement for details.

Call for Contributors to Septuagint Dictionary

Scholar’s Publisher is seeking contributors for the forthcoming Dictionary of the Septuagint and Early Greek Jewish Scriptures (DSEGJS). The aim of the DSEGJS is to provide a comprehensive reference guide to the Greek Jewish Scriptures in their Greco-Roman context as well as their subsequent influence on the early church and post Second Temple Judaism. The scope of the dictionary is to provide factual information about books, persons, places, and events, as well as define words and explain theories as they relate to the Greek Jewish Scriptures. The DSEGJS will serve as a handy reference for specialists but the primary audience is non-specialists. For more information, visit the announcement at the Scholar's Publisher website.

IOSCS Accepting Proposals for SBL

The IOSCS is accepting paper proposals for the 2015 annual meeting of the SBL, which will take place in Atlanta this fall.

TWU Septuagint Summer School 2015

The Graduate School of Theological Studies of Trinity Western University and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies will offer a three-credit course, “Septuagint Exegesis,” May 25-29, 2015. Class sessions will be led by the Fellows of the Wevers Institute who are preparing volumes on the first four books of the Pentateuch for the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS) series. Students will be introduced to the foundational principles and methodology of the SBLCS project, and to current, cutting-edge research in the discipline of Septuagint Studies. Video live-streaming of class sessions will be an option. Share the flyer with students.

International Septuaginta Summer School 2015

The 6th International Septuaginta Summer School will take place in Göttingen from July 6 to July 10, 2015. This year’s lecturer will be Dr. James Aitken (University of Cambridge), and the subject is "From Language to Social Context: The Pentateuch and later traditions." Please encourage doctoral and other advanced students to apply. The deadline for application is March 15, 2015. For more information, please consult the full announcement (and flyers in German and English).

2014 John William Wevers Prize

Congratulations to James R. Covington, a PhD student at the University of Chicago Divinity School! He has won the 2014 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies for his essay titled, “How to Do Things with God’s Words: Translation Technique of Divine Speech Acts in LXX Genesis.”

Silver Anniversary in 2013

We congratulate the Louvain Centre for Septuagint Studies and Textual Criticism on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary.

In October 1988, Johan Lust founded the Centre for Septuagint Studies and Textual Criticism at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the Catholic University of Louvain. In doing so, he initiated pioneering work in a subdiscipline of Biblical Studies that enjoys great interest and attention today. His research group, under the direction of Hans Ausloos from 2003 until 2010, and of Bénédicte Lemmelijn from 2010 on, has grown into an internationally renowned research centre, producing important work in the domains of the lexicography of the Septuagint as well as the study of the translation technique used in the individual books of this ancient Greek translation.

The John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies 2013

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, 2014.

Ben Johnson has won the 2013 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies for his essay titled, "Narrative Sensitivity and the Variation of Verb Tense in 1 Reigns 17:34-37."

International Septuaginta Summer School 2014

The 5th International Septuaginta Summer School will take place in Göttingen from July 21 to July 25, 2014. This year’s lecturer will be Dr. Alison Salvesen (University of Oxford), and the subject is "Preparing the Way of the Lord: Greek Isaiah from Judaism to Christianity." Please encourage doctoral and other advanced students to apply. The deadline for application is March 15, 2014. For more information, please consult the full announcement (and flyers in German and English).

Call for Papers, IOSCS, November 2013

The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) is soliciting papers for its annual meeting in Baltimore, to be held in conjunction with the SBL. In addition to open sessions, where papers on any topic will be considered, IOSCS is also sponsoring a session to discuss a new monograph in our field: J. Ross Wagner, Reading the Sealed Book: Old Greek Isaiah and the Problem of Septuagint Hermeneutics. IOSCS is also co-sponsoring a session, Greek Biblical Traditions and the Partition of Ancient Judeo-Christian Culture, with EJCR and Greek Bible. Proposals should be presented through the SBL Annual Meetings website by March 1, 2013. Please direct any queries to Leonard Greenspoon at ljgrn@creighton.edu.

Grinfield Lecturership at Oxford

Oxford University seeks to appoint a lecturer in Septuagint for a two-year term beginning 1 October 2013. For further information, please see the full announcement.

International Septuaginta Summer School 2013

The 4th International Septuaginta Summer School will take place in Göttingen from August 12 to August 16, 2013. This year’s lecturer will be Prof. Benjamin G. Wright III (Lehigh University). Please encourage doctoral and other advanced students to apply. The deadline for application is March 15, 2013. For more information, please consult the full announcement (with flyers in German and English).

TWU Septuagint Summer School 2013

The Graduate School of Theological Studies of Trinity Western University and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies will offer a three-credit course, “Current Issues in Septuagint Studies,” May 27-31, 2013. Class sessions will be led by the Fellows of the Wevers Institute who are preparing volumes on the first four books of the Pentateuch for the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS) series. Students will be introduced to the foundational principles and methodology of the SBLCS project, and to current, cutting-edge research in the discipline of Septuagint Studies. The deadline for application is May 20. For more information, please consult the flyer.

SBLCS Seminar in CSBS 2013

A seminar session of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS) will be devoted to the Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS). Presenters at the SBLCS seminar will include (in addition to the Fellows of the Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies of TWU) Albert Pietersma, Claude Cox, Jannes Smith, and Cameron Boyd-Taylor. The respondent to these papers will be Emanuel Tov. The seminar will take place June 2-4, 2013 at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. For more information about the CSBS Annual Meeting, see the announcements of the CSBS and the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Bradley John Marsh, Jr., who won the 2011 John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies!

Announcing a new online resource for biblical scholars

Research at the University of Cambridge has shed new light on the history of the Bible. Recent work by Professor Nicholas de Lange has demonstrated that, contrary to long-accepted views, the use of Greek versions by Jews continued well into the middle ages. The key to the discovery lay in manuscripts discovered in the old synagogue in Cairo and brought to Cambridge at the end of the nineteenth century. Close study of the Genizah fragments by de Lange revealed that some contained passages from the Bible in Greek written in Hebrew letters. Manuscripts in other libraries confirmed the evidence of the Cambridge fragments. Now, a fully searchable online corpus (http://www.gbbj.org) has gathered these manuscripts together, making the texts available to other scholars for the first time. The result of close collaboration between researchers at the University of Cambridge, including Cameron Boyd-Taylor and Julia Krivoruchko, and a team at Kings College London, the online corpus comprises the exact remains of Jewish Greek Bible versions, edited from the manuscripts. The resource enables comparison of each word of the corpus with the Hebrew text, the Septuagint and fragments of other Jewish translations from antiquity.

The John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies

The family of the late Professor John William Wevers has donated $400,000 to endow the Septuagint Institute at Trinity Western University. The Institute will be renamed the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies. Additional funding is needed to establish the John William Wevers Chair in Septuagint Studies. For more information, visit the TWU announcement.

Göttingen Septuagint Digitized

Accordance has begun making a digitized form of the Göttingen Septuagint available. The Pentateuch and Ruth are already available. See their announcement for more information. Accordance also has Swete's edition with apparatus and the Cambridge apparatus.

Logos Bible Software has begun digitizing the 24 printed volumes of the Göttingen Septuagint. Pre-publication information is available from Logos.

Call for Book Proposals

Publishing house Versita invites authors from Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe to submit book proposals for a joint Versita and De Gruyter book publishing program in Theology and Religious Studies. For details, visit the Versita site or contact (the managing editor of the program).

Recent Conferences

  • The International Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, held in Munich, 1-3 August, 2013. (See details.)
  • The Third International Septuaginta Summer School, Göttingen, July 16–20, 2012. (PDF flyer)
  • "The Septuagint — Text, Reception, Effect," Fourth International Conference on the Septuagint, Septuaginta Deutsch, Wuppertal, July 19-22, 2012. (PDF announcement)
  • "Text-Critical and Hermeneutical Studies in the Septuagint," Association For The Study Of The Septuagint In South Africa, Stellenbosch, August 31 to September 2, 2011. Program (PDF format).
  • The 2010 International Congress of the IOSCS, Helsinki, 29–31 July 2010. Programme.
  • "Texts beyond Borders: Multilingualism and Textual Scholarship", Sixth International Conference of the European Society for Textual Scholarship, Brussels, November 2009. Call for papers.
  • "The Old Greek of Isaiah", Leiden University, 2008. Program (PDF format, 32.4 kb).



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