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Statement from the IOSCS Executive Committee
The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) is appalled by the revelation that Prof. Jan Joosten has been convicted in France of possession of images and videos of child pornography. We express our utter abhorrence of his actions, and our profound sympathy for the victims of such crimes. In the light of these developments, the IOSCS executive committee has voted to remove Joosten from his position on the committee and from membership in the IOSCS.
IOSCS Executive Committee, 24 June 2020
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 (2014). It is available as volume 269 in the Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium series from Peeters.
"Editing the Greek Psalter" conference in Göttingen
Please note the upcoming "Editing the Greek Psalter"
conference in Göttingen on Dec. 1-3 2021. The conference signals the
launch of the Editio critica maior des griechischen Psalters project at
the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. It will be available
via Zoom but registration is required.
Details are available at the link below).
2020 John W. Wevers Annual Prize in Septuagint Studies
The IOSCS is pleased to announce that the 2020 John W. Wevers prize for an outstanding paper in LXX studies goes to Joel Korytko for his paper "The Death Penalty in OG Exodus in Light of Graeco-Egyptian Legal Formulations." Joel is a PhD student at the University of Oxford working under the supervision of Prof. Alison Salvesen.
2021 SBL Sessions
As always, the IOSCS has a program unit and will organize a number of sessions at the SBL Annual Meeting 2021 in San Antonio. Two important developments invite papers from perhaps more senior scholars and might encourage some of you to take part: the appearance of the Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint and the start of the Göttingen Psalter project.
John William Wevers prize in Septuagint studies still open for proposals
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 winning essay will be published in the Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies. Many promising young scholars have gained recognition in this field over the last years. The call for submission remains upen until the first of September. For further information, please visit the IOSCS Prize homepage.
(Archived October 2021)
IOSCS at SBL Annual Meeting 2020
The annual SBL conference will be taking place online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated restrictions regarding travel and large group gatherings. Among other changes, the conference will extend over the period between Sunday, 29 November and Thursday, 10 December, with no sessions scheduled on Friday, 4 December and Saturday, 5 December. The IOSCS will have sessions, which Reinhart Ceulemans has been planning in his role as Program Chair & Meeting Coordinator. Please note that, if you are planning to attend (virtually), you need to make sure that you have registered for the annual meeting. The deadline for registration is 30 September.
Upcoming Course: Septuagint and the New Testament
Larry Perkins will offer a course on "Septuagint and the New Testament" this fall through ACTS Seminaries. Class sessions will run from 28 September to 2 October. The course is designed to accommodate both English-Bible students and those with proficiency in Greek who can read the Septuagint text directly. For more information, see the course syllabus.
2020 John W. Wevers Annual Prize in Septuagint Studies Call for papers
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 date for submission for the 2020 prize remains open until the 1st of September 2020. More information is available on the Wevers Prize page.
2020 Summer Septuagint Course at TWU
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 entitled “Septuagint Approaches and Methods” (formerly, “Septuagint Studies: Theories, Principles, and Methods.” Class sessions will be led by Dr. Dirk Büchner, Professor of Biblical Studies, Trinity Western University. This course is scheduled to take place May 4–8.
Even more information is now available.
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 John W. Wevers Prize for Outstanding Paper
The jury of the John William Wevers Prize in Septuagint Studies is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2019 prize is Bryan Beeckman of the Catholic Universities of Leuven and Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium. He won the prize with a paper entitled “Unitas Vegetabilium? The Greek Rendering of Hebrew Floral, Plant and Herb Names in LXX-Proverbs and LXX-Job."
Annual Meeting in Boston
The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS) will hold its annual meeting in Boston in conjunction with the annual meeting of the SBL. One session will be devoted to the Göttingen Septuagint (and chaired by Felix Albrecht). (The deadline for proposing papers was March 11.) Please direct any queries to Reinhart Ceulemans at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2018 Annual SBL Meeting
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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.
2018 marks the fiftieth anniversary of IOSCS and its Journal.
2017 John W. Wevers Prize for Outstanding Paper
The IOSCS is pleased to announce that the 2017 John W. Wevers prize has been awarded to Jelle Verburg for his paper "The LXX of the Law of Deposit in Exodus 22:6-14.” Jelle is a doctoral student at Oxford working under the supervision of Jan Joosten.
2018 International Meeting in Helsinki
Summer Course: Exploring Septuagint Job
The Associated Canadian Theological Schools of Trinity Western University and the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies are pleased to co-sponsor a 3-credit course entitled “Exploring Septuagint Job.” Class sessions will be led by Dr. Claude Cox, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies at McMaster Divinity College, May 22–26, 2018. Video live-streaming of class sessions will be an option for students who live at a distance from campus.
Download a flyer (PDF) for further details and to publicize this opportunity.
Call for Papers for 2018 Annual SBL Meeting
The call for papers for the Annual Meeting of the SBL (to be held in Denver, Colorado, 17–20 November 2018) is open! There are several options for Septuagint scholars. The deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5), 6 March 2018. See details.
Call for Papers for 2018 International Meeting in Helsinki
The call for papers for the International Meeting of the SBL (to be held in Helsinki, Finland, 30 July to 3 August, 2018) is open! The deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5), 13 February 2018. See details at SBL Site.
Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint
The Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Professor Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen. The Symposium will take place 1–3 June 2017 at the University of Helsinki. For further details, see the invitation, programme (PDF), and registration form for the Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint.
2016 John William Wevers Prize for Outstanding Paper
The IOSCS is pleased to announce that Dr. Nesina Grütter (Abteilung Altes Testament, Theologische Fakultät der Universität Basel) has been awarded the 2016 John William Wevers prize for her paper, "A Tale of One City (Nah 3:8–9): A Text-Critical Solution for an Often Discussed Problem Provided by a Reading Preserved in the Septuagint.” Dr. Grütter completed her doctoral degree in Sept 2015.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
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).
contacts, queries: Jay Treat