I Met Him Once, At Princeton, While Visiting Friends

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metzgerBruce Metzger that is.  And he was a treasure, to our discipline and to scholarship. And they’re celebrating him at Princeton Seminary:

Dr. Bruce Metzger, who was a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend of generations of Princeton Theological Seminary students, will be remembered in a lecture at 7:00 p.m. on April 22 honoring the 100th anniversary of his birth. Metzger was a member of the Seminary faculty from 1940 to 1984, and from 1964 to his retirement was the George L. Collord Professor of New Testament Language and Literature. He was one of the preeminent New Testament critics and biblical translators of the twentieth century.

The lecture will take place in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary library, at the corner of Mercer Street and Library Place in Princeton. It is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

“A Centennial Tribute to Dr. Bruce Metzger: Remembering His Achievements, Influence, and Legacy,” will be given by Dr. Michael Holmes, the University Professor of Biblical Studies and Early Christianity at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, and a former Ph.D. student of Metzger’s.

Holmes will present an overview of Metzger’s academic career and achievements, focusing primarily on his significant work with the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. “Dr. Metzger was arguably the greatest textual specialist and biblical translator America has produced,” Holmes says. “He is warmly remembered by many for his character, his courtesy and grace, and his genuine interest in his students and his encouragement of younger colleagues.”

Metzger became one of the Seminary’s greatest intellectual treasures, a meticulous scholar of the manuscripts and texts of the New Testament. He was known internationally for his work in Bible translation and the history of the Bible’s versions and canonization. He served as chair of the Committee on Translation of the American Bible Society and as chair of the Committee on Translators for the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible, whose influence extends broadly into English-speaking churches and schools throughout the world.

The impact of Metzger’s work was incalculable. He understood the importance of biblical translation for ecumenical dialogue, and believed that having recourse to a common biblical text was an instrument of Christian unity. In 1993 he presented a copy of the NRSV, Catholic Edition, to Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

Etc. If you’re in the area, go.

University of Chicago Conference Announcement: Feasting with the Dead

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Via Chuck Jones

Public Symposium: In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East

This public symposium is held in conjunction with the special exhibit, In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East, April 8, 2014 through January 4, 2015, and was made possible through generous support by the Center of Jewish Studies, University of Chicago.

The Oriental Institute The University of Chicago 1155 E 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
Sunday, May 4, 2014
1:00-6:00 PM

David Schloen, Associate Professor of Syro-Palestinian Archaeology, Oriental Institute: “The World of Katumuwa and the Oriental Institute’s Discoveries at Zincirli, Turkey”

K. Lawson Younger, Jr. Professor of Old Testament, Semitic Languages, and Ancient Near Eastern History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: “The Katumuwa Stele Inscription”

Theodore J. Lewis, Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Johns Hopkins University: “The Commemoration of the Dead in Biblical Israel and the Levant”

Theo van den Hout, Professor of Hittite and Anatolian Languages, Oriental Institute: “The Commemoration of the Dead in Anatolia”

Karel van der Toorn, Professor of Religion and Society, University of Amsterdam: “The Gods and the Dead: Family Religion in the Ancient Near East”

Panel Discussion: Petra Goedegebuure, Assistant Professor of Hittitology, Oriental Institute; Miriam Muller, Oriental Institute Postdoctoral Scholar; Virginia R. Herrmann, Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Dartmouth College

Followed by a reception

The St Andrews Symposium for Biblical and Early Christian Studies

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Registration is still open and there is room for more delegates! Follow the link for more information. For accommodation options visit Visit St Andrews. The number and quality of submissions that we received far surpassed our expectations and we have assembled an excellent collection of international papers that touch on numerous topics related to our theme. Please consider joining the conversation this summer.

Take a look at the rest.  It looks fantastic, even if it is in Scotland.*

*Scotland is to the UK what West Virginia is to America. Yes. Horrific to consider, isn’t it.

Registration For SBL 2014 Is Now Open

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From SBL-

Registration & Housing for the Annual Meetings 2014 in San Diego is now open! You may access your registration page with this link. Please note that registration rates will increase on May 22, so take advantage of the Super Saver discount and register today!

More than 1,000 academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, workshops, and tours will be offered at the Annual Meetings 2014.  Activities, events, receptions and sessions will be held at the San Diego Convention center, as well as several surrounding hotels.   The locations are within walking distance of one another.

If you have questions, please contact us and we’ll be glad to assist you.  We are looking forward to a great meeting in San Diego!

SBL Annual Meeting Team


Call For Papers

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Deadline for proposals: 31 August 2014

The Seminar calls for papers at the intersection of critical theory and the Bible. We interpret “critical theory” broadly to include not only the seminal work of the Frankfurt School, but also approaches such as Marxism, post-Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, queer studies, critical race theory, post-colonialism, human-animal studies, ideological criticism, Continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, ecocriticism, cultural materialism, new historicism, alternative economics, etc. Likewise, we interpret “the Bible” broadly, to include the various Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures and related ancient literature, including their history of reception, use, and effect.

Please send paper proposals of 150-200 words to:
Roland Boer: Roland.Boer(at) and
Deane Galbraith:


Dates for Seminar: 10-11 December 2014

Venue: The Original Robert Burns Pub (“The Robbie”), 374 George Street, Dunedin, New Zealand

The Bible and Critical Theory Seminar returns to Dunedin in what is the tenth year of publication of the Bible and Critical Theory Journal and the seventeenth year in which the Seminar has been held. We will meet in the Poetry Corner at the Robbie Burns Pub, which we will have to ourselves until joined by regular patrons in the late afternoon. We will also make our way to Eric Repphun’s new venture, the Governor’s Cafe, for a delicious lunch.

Please also note that the BCT Seminar will follow the annual meeting of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Association of Biblical Studies (ANZABS), also to be held in Dunedin, at the University of Otago, on 8-9 December 2014.


While there is no official accommodation and a range of options around the city, for those comrades who appreciate the conviviality of low-cost communal living, I (Deane) recommend Hogwartz Backpackers, a short ten-minute walk to the Seminar venue and, from 1872 until 1999, residence of the Roman Catholic bishop. Prices start from NZ$29 for a shared room with 4 to 6 beds, and it is approximately NZ$63 for a single room (

Matthew Henry: The Bible, Prayer and Piety- A Conference at the University of Chester

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Paul Middleton writes on FB

Colleagues, there are a few more spaces left for papers at this summer’s conference at the University of Chester to mark the 300th anniversary of the death of Matthew Henry. Further information (including booking) is here:

You should go if you can go.  Chester is a beautiful place.  Really beautiful.  It would be my second choice if I could choose to live anywhere in the world (Zurich being first of course).  And the conference sounds grand.


The ‘Jesus and Brian’ Conference Papers are Online

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James ‘The Barrow-in-Furness Mauler’ Crossley writes

A conference exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times, via Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Friday 20 June to Sunday 22 June 2014
Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre, King’s College London

Full details are available here.

Papers listed are:

Professor Joan E. Taylor (King’s College London): Welcome Address and Introduction: ‘The Historical Brian

Go to the link at the top of this post for the rest.

International Conference– Judaea in the Long Third Century BCE: The Transition between the Persian and Hellenistic Periods

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International Conference: Judaea in the Long Third Century BCE: The Transition between the Persian and Hellenistic Periods
May 31 and June 1—3, 2014


Saturday, May 31, 2014 (for participants only)

19:30‒Greetings and Introduction: Main Goals of the Conference (Oded Lipschits, Sylvie Honigman, Thomas Römer and Christophe Nihan)


20:30‒21:30—Methodological Problems of dealing with “Long Third Century” BCE Research

20:30‒20:45 — Three Opening Remarks on Problems of dealing with the Research of the Ptolemaic Period:

Sylvie Honigman—History and Historiography

Thomas Römer—Bible

Oded Lipschits—Archaeology

20:45‒21:30 — Discussion

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Morning Lectures: Historical and Historiographical Perspectives



Lester Grabbe (University of Hull) — The Ptolemaic Period: A Dark Age in Jewish History?

Sylvie Honigman (Tel Aviv University) — Continuity and Change between the Persian and the Hellenistic Periods: A Historiographical Survey


Reinhard Kratz (Georg-August—Universität, Göttingen)—Greek Historians on Jews and Judaism in the Third Century BCE

Boris Chrubasik (University of Toronto)—Sanctuaries, Dynasts, Empire: The Structure and Nature of the Seleucid State

11:45‒12:15—Coffee Break


Damien Agut—Labordère (CNRS, France)—Gods in Gray Area: The Political Situation of the Egyptian Temples from Artaxerxes III to the Reforms of Ptolemy II (342—263 BCE)

Gilles Gorre (University of Rennes)—Administrative Changes and Their Impacts on Urban and Sacred Spaces in Egypt in the Third Century BCE


Afternoon Lectures: Compilation of Jewish Texts in the Early Hellenistic Period


Martin Rösel (Universität Rostock)—A View from the Outside: The Septuagint—Translating and Adapting the Torah to the Third Century BCE

Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA)—The Production of Greek Books in the Alexandrian Jewish Community

17:00‒17:30—Coffee Break


Timothy Lim (New College, University of Edinburgh)—The Idealization of Ptolemaic Kingship in the Legend of the Origins of the Septuagint

Manfred Oeming (Universität Heidelberg)—Anti-Jewish Pogroms in the Ptolemaic and Seleucid Empire?


Monday, June 2, 2014

Morning Lectures: Ptolemaic Period Texts, Language and Script



Konrad Schmid (Universität Zürich)—How to Identify a Ptolemaic Period Text in the Hebrew Bible

Hervé Gonzalez (Université de Lausanne)—Writing Judean Prophecies in the Early Hellenistic Period: Some Methodological and Historical Comments


Frank Polak (Tel Aviv University)—East and West: Language and Learning in Ptolemaic Palestine

David S. Vanderhooft (Boston College)—Aramaic, Paleo-Hebrew, and “Jewish” Scripts in the Ptolemaic Period


Afternoon Lectures: Archaeology of Judah in the “Long Third Century”


Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University) — Judah in the “Long Third Century”—The Archaeological Perspective

Yossi Garfinkel (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) Khirbet Qeiyafa in the Late Persian‒Early Hellenistic Period

Debora Sandhaus and Igor Kreimerman (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)—Pottery from the Late Persian‒Early Hellenistic Period at Khirbet Qeiyafa


Evening Lectures: The “Long Third Century”—The Numismatic Evidence


Catherin Lorber (the American Numismatic Society) —Numismatic Evidence and the Chronology of the Fifth Syrian War

Haim Gitler (The Israel Museum), Catherine Lorber ((the American Numismatic Society) and Jean-Philippe Fontanille (Independent Scholar)—Ptolemaic Coins of Judah: The State of Research

Yoav Farhi (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem)—The Numismatic Finds from the Late Persian and Early Hellenistic Period at Khirbet Qeiyafa and Tel Azekah


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Morning Lectures: “The Long Third Century”—Other Archaeological Perspectives



Guy Stiebel (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem) — In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great”: Tracking Down the Short Durée

Stefan Pfeiffer (Martin-Luther—Universität Halle,Wittenberg) — Great King Ptolemy: The Victorious King in the Light of a Greek Inscription from Jaffa (SEG XX 467)

10:30‒11:00—Coffee Break


Gil Gambash (University of Haifa)—Re-dating Akko’s Phoenician Harbor: A New Ptolemaic Commercial Center in the Levant

Andrea M. Berlin (Boston University) and Sharon Herbert (University of Michigan)—The Achaemenid‒Ptolemaic Transition: The View from Tel Kedesh

12:30‒13:00—Coffee Break and Light Lunch

13:00‒13:30—Summary and Summarizing Discussion:

Lester Grabbe (University of Hull, England)—Gaps in Our Knowledge of the Ptolemaic Period

Oded Lipschits (Tel Aviv University)—Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel of Archaeological Research of the “Long Third Century”?

Thomas Römer (Université de Lausanne)—Identity Through Writings: Jewish Writers of the Ptolemaic Period

Christophe Nihan (Université de Lausanne)—Relating Social-Economic Changes and Literary Compositions: Current issues and new avenues

Sylvie Honigman (Tel Aviv University)—New Periodizations in Factual History and Textual History: Convergences and Divergences

13:30‒15:00 — Summarizing Discussion

Via Oded Lipschits.

If You’re In London…

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Via Jonathan S. on the facebook-

This Friday, Prof. Yvonne Sherwood will be coming in our first Biblical Studies Study Day this year. This is a great opportunity to hear and meet one of the most innovative biblical scholars at work today. There is no attendance charge.

Professor Sherwood is Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics at the University of Kent who has published extensively in Biblical Studies and Religious Studies over a period of nearly twenty years. Her books include The Prostitute and the Prophet: Hosea’s Marriage in Literary-Theological Perspective (Sheffield Combined Academic-PublishersPress, 1996), A Biblical Text and Its Afterlives: The Survival of Jonah in Western Culture (CUP, 2000), and most recently Biblical Blaspheming: Trials of the Sacred for a Secular Age (CUP, 2012).

Please sign up using the Eventbrite link from the Study Day website:—Study-Day.aspx

If you can only come for either the morning or the afternoon, please sign up anyways and let Edward Adams or Jonathan Stökl know.

Professor Sherwood will give two papers, with time for discussion afterwards:

1) The Persistence of Blasphemy: the Bible as public edifice in the ‘secular’ state
2) Prophetic ‘Postcolonialism’: Performing the Disaster of the Spanish Conquest on the Stage of Jeremiah

It will definitely be worth your time.

Did Anyone Really Read the Septuagint?

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Oh I would love to go hear this one (via Jack Sasson)-

Wednesday | 19:30 | Free with Museum admission

Did Anybody Really Read the Septuagint? Dr. Noah Hacham, Hebrew Univ., Hebrew. Advanced reservation recommended, place is limited: 02-5611066. Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, Museum Row, Jerusalem.