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February 26 2018, 10AM

In my former posting, way too long ago (see here), I gave some examples of how I in my own personal life had encountered the phenomenon of Evil Eye. It was supposed to function as an introduction to the great four-volume set of studies published by John H... [bibliography] [book] [Christianity] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Review] [scholarship]

January 26, 9AM

Professor emeritus, dr.theol, Ph.D., Peder J. Borgen, is celebrating his 90th birthday this weekend. The day is today; January the 26th., but it will surely be celebrated the whole weekend! Congratulations to Peder Borgen from ‘Philonica et Neotesta... [blogging] [New Testament] [Personal] [Philo] [scholarship]

November 12, 9AM

All the papers for the S19-138 Philo of Alexandria Seminar are now available at my site here: under: Conference, Judaism, Papers, Philo, Scholarship [conference] [Judaism] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship]

November 6, 3AM

The papers to be discussed at The SBL Annual Meeting 2017 Philo Seminar, that is S 19-138: Philo of Alexandria (at 11/19/2017 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM Room: 103 (Plaza Level) – Hynes Convention Center (HCC)) on the Philo’s De Cherubim, with Ronald Cox, Pep... [blogging] [conference] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship] [website]


The 2017 issue of this cherished Annual for all Philo students has been published! A couple of weeks ago The Studia Philonica Annual XXIX – 2017 (Studies in Hellenistic Judaism) Edited by David T. Runia & Gregory E. Sterling. Atlanta; SBL Press... [bibliography] [book] [Philo] [scholarship]

October 19, 12 AM

The App for the SBL & AAR Annual Meeting 2017 is now available. Make it easier to find your way through all the sessions, download the app here: SBL APP, or go directly to your IOS Apple store or your android store.Filed under: Conference, software, W... [conference] [software] [website]

September 24, 1AM

If you are a) a member of the SBL, b) are going to the SBL Annual Meeting this November, c) you might be interested in these Philo sessions and/or lectures. The lectures of the Philo Seminar sessions will be available at my site here: [conference] [Diaspora] [Philo] [scholarship]

September 8, 10AM

A review of a recent book on the use of Scripture in 1 Peter is posted today on Patrick T. Egan Ecclesiology and the Scriptural Narrative of 1 Peter Reviewed by Torrey Seland This vo... [Uncategorized]

August 24, 1AM

During my years as a research fellow, I met for the first time the use of cultural anthropological models and perspectives in New Testament studies, and found it extremely interesting. I applied some models in my dissertation (published 1995), and in othe... [Bible] [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [Judaism] [New Testament] [old testament] [scholarship]

August 18, 8AM

The sad news reached me today that Prof. Bruce J. Malina died yesterday, Aug. 17, at dawn, US time. Malina was professor emeritus at Creighton University, Omaha, USA. Prof. Malina will probably be remembered by most as one of those who introduced Social A... [Bible] [bibliography] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Persons] [scholarship]

August 15, 10AM

The annual Meeting 2017 of the SNTS (Society Studiorum Novum Testamentum) is now over. It was held in Pretoria, South Africa during the days of Aug 8–11. Alas, I was not able to attend the meeting, but here is nevertheless some info as received from... [conference] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [New Testament] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship]

July 29, 7AM

Via the blog of Jim Davila I was made aware of a new book on the reception of the Old Testament Psalms: Christiane Bøhm, Die Rezeption der Psalmen in den Qumranschriften, bei Philo von Alexandrien und im Corpus Paulinum [The Reception of the Psalms in th... [Bible] [bibliography] [book] [New Testament] [old testament] [Philo]

July 20, 2PM

Brian J. Wright, Communal Reading in the Time of Jesus: A Window into Early Christian Reading Practices Hardcover – December 1, 2017. Fortress Press. Publisher’s description: Much of the contemporary discussion of the Jesus tradition has focused o... [Uncategorized]
Gregory E. Sterling (ed.), Studies in Philo in Honor of David Runia. Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, volume XXVII (2016). Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016. Pp. x, 465. ISBN 9780884141815. $61.95.Reviewed by Ilaria Ramelli, Catholic Univer... [Uncategorized]

June 25, 10AM

A Google alert made me aware of this interesting volume on pedagogy in ancient Judaism and early Christianity. I find it interesting for several reasons; first, because ‘paideia’ was an important issue in the ancient world; second because it ... [bibliography] [book] [Christianity] [conference] [Diaspora] [education] [Egypt] [Hebrews] [Judaism] [New Testament] [old testament] [Paul] [Philo] [scholarship] [Septuagint]

May 29, 5AM

Two bibliographies of the published works of Prof.em. Peder J. Borgen has been previously given in the two Festschriften he has received; the present bibliography is provided as a supplement to these. The two Festschriften presented to Peder Borgen are t... [bibliography] [Christianity] [John] [Philo] [scholarship]

May 27, 8AM

Samuel Byrskog, Raimo Hakola, Jutta Maria Jokiranta (Hg.) Social Memory and Social Identity in the Study of Early Judaism and Early Christianity. Novum Testamentum et Orbis Antiquus / Studien zur Umwelt des Neuen Testaments (NTOA/StUNT). – Band 116 ... [bibliography] [book] [New Testament] [scholarship]

May 24, 8AM

What is Orbis+? Have you ever used a word processor + a database that let you index NB, PDF, DOCX, DOC, RTF, and HTML files and make them searchable in one and the same database; if not, have a look at the new Orbis+ here. Love it!Filed under: Scholarship... [scholarship] [software] [website]
Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (V&R Academic) are publishing a series called Kleine Bibliothek der antiken jüdischen und christlichen Literatur, which provides us with translations into German of central Jewish and early Christian texts. Several volumes ... [bibliography] [book] [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]


Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (V&T Academic) has published a collection of studies in memory of the Danish scholar Per Bilde, who died in May 2014: Eve-Marie Becker, Morten H. Jensen, Jacob Mortensen(Hg.), Per Bilde, Collected Studies on Philo and Joseph... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [Josephus] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]

May 9, 12 PM

By way of a post on Facebook, I became aware of the page of prof. Anders Runesson (University of Oslo). Anders has uploaded a lot of his articles. Some of the pdf copies are somewhat blurry, a little hard to read and difficult to index (at le... [book] [Dissertation] [Judaism] [scholarship] [website]

April 28, 10AM

BakerAcademic is announcing that their textbook The World of the New Testament. Cultural, Social and Historical Contexts. Edited by Joel B. Green and Lee Martin McDonald (BakerAcademic, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2013), is being re-published these days in pa... [Bible] [bibliography] [book] [New Testament] [Philo] [scholarship]
Tyndale House, Cambridge, is announcing that “We are approaching the end of nearly a decade’s work producing a new edition of the Greek New Testament as the entire finished text has been submitted this month to the publishers, Crossway. This work ... [Bible] [New Testament] [scholarship]

April 20, 5AM

A new book – published by Brill – also includes some discussion of material from Philo: Philip Church, Hebrews and the Temple. Attitudes to the Temple in Second Temple Judaism and in Hebrews. Novum Testamentum, Supplements 171. Leiden, Brill, ... [bibliography] [book] [Hebrews] [New Testament] [Philo]

April 11, 11AM

I do think the journal Bulletin for Biblical Research, issued by Instirute for Biblical Research, is containing many interesting studies. Hence I think it is very profitable to scholars that the issues of the years 1991-2011 are available for free on the ... [bibliography] [journal] [New Testament] [scholarship]

April 6, 1AM

The Bible Odyssey is getting better and better as it is being ‘constantly updated’ with new articles and new info. The site, driven by the Society of Biblical Literature and other partners, has an impressive Editorial Board, and the texts ar... [Alexandria] [Egypt] [Philo] [scholarship]

March 29, 8AM

Prof. Louis H. Feldman, one of the greatest Josephus scholars ( and well versed in Philo too), has passed away. See under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]

February 2, 6AM

Due to a brief note on Larry Hurtado’s blog I became aware of an interesting project on Judaism and Rome, which I would like to point to here too. The project has its own website here: Judaism and Rome. Re-thinking Judaism’s Encounter with Roa... [Diaspora] [Judaism] [scholarship] [website]

January 13, 12 AM

The relation of the Roman state to Jewish settlements (and probably also vice versa), is a problem still debatable, and the first mentioned topic is still being discussed in scholarly studies. A collection of studies was published by DeGruyter this winte... [book] [Christianity] [Josephus] [Judaism] [scholarship]

January 12, 1AM

The Book of Acts has always been of a special interest to me, not only since the days of my dissertation work but even before. In fact, the very first article I wrote within the field of New Testament studies (and the second from my hand – the first... [book] [Christianity] [Luke-Acts] [New Testament] [Paul] [scholarship]

January 6, 6AM

As mentioned in a posting below, the Studie Philonica has now been published, and the volume is organized as a Festschrift to David T. Runia. For more about the volume, see the following links provided by the publisher: Download volume front matter, incl... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [Philo] [scholarship]
My review of Vahrenhorst, Martin, Der erste Brief des Petrus (Theologischer Kommentar zum Neuen Testament, 19) Stuttgart: Kohlhammer, 2015), has now been published by Review of Biblical Literature. This commentary on 1 Peter is the ninth volume in a rel... [1 Peter] [book] [New Testament] [Review] [scholarship]

December 30 2016, 12 PM

VR (virtual reality) viewers and videos are getting increasingly popular these days, and one might presume that several Christmas gifts this year were related to VR. What is VR? VR, according to Wikipedia, “typically refers to computer technologies ... [Uncategorized]

December 16, 12 PM

On, Harold Attridge has a review of the latest book published by Peder J. Borgen: The Gospel of John: More Light from Philo, Paul and Archaeology: The Scriptures, Tradition, Exposition, Settings, Meaning (Supplements to Novum Testamentum,... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [book] [John] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]

December 14, 6AM

Otto Kaiser, who in 2014 published an introductory book to Philo of Alexandria, has now another volume on Philo coming from the press: Otto Kaiser, Studien zu Philo von Alexandrien. Ed. by Markus Witte. Beiheft zur Zeitschrift fur die alttestamentliche Wi... [bibliography] [book] [Judaism] [Philo]

December 13, 2PM

The Studia Philonica Annual  XXVIII 2016 was published just in time for the SBL Annual Meeting this November, in San Antonio, Texas. As mentioned below this issue was made and presented as a Festschrift to Professor David T. Runia. It was presented and h... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [journal] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]


 David T. Runia, one of the foremost Philo-scholars of our time, (co-)editor of The Studia Philonica Annual, (co-)editor of the Philo of Alexandria – Commentary Series,  convenor of the Philo Bibliography Project, a pillar in the SBL’s Philo... [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Philo] [scholarship]

December 12, 8AM

The SBL Annual Meeting is already an event of the past, some weeks have, in fact, gone by since I left San Antonio, heading back to Norway. Nevertheless, as some other duties have kept me away from blog writing, I will post two pages here about two events... [Bible] [conference] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]

November 1, 3AM

Papers for the Philo seminars at the coming SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Tx are now coming in, and are posted on my website. The papers are for the following seminars: S20-220 Philo of Alexandria: The Knowledge of God in Philo of Alexandria S20-345 ... [conference] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship] [website]

October 6, 1AM

As mentioned in a posting below, the Loeb Classical Library ‘s edition of Philo’s texts has now been included in the Logos Bible Software 7. At the same time the handbook to Philo, Reading Philo, which was published late in 2014 by Eerdmans, h... [bibliography] [blogging] [Philo] [software]

October 5, 2AM

My page for the Philo Seminar at this November SBL Annual Meeting has been updated as far as it concerns the Abstracts of the papers to be presented. Now we are just waiting for the manuscripts to come…Filed under: Conference, Papers, Philo [conference] [papers] [Philo]

October 4, 12 PM

In addition to the Philo Seminar mentioned below, there will also be several other Group Sessions and Seminar papers that will deal with topics in which they will also ask for input from Philo’s works. Here is a list of those papers I found when sea... [conference] [Josephus] [Judaism] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship]

September 27, 11AM

This year there will be three sessions in the Philo Seminar at the SBL Annual Meeting in San Antonio in November. A variety of papers will be offered by both younger and more seasoned scholars. The papers will be posted during the first half of November o... [conference] [Judaism] [Philo]

September 11, 6AM

During the years, in several blog postings, (for the last one, see here), I have mentioned my experiences with a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking which claims to be able to transfer my speech into text. Now it’s company, Nuance, has produced ... [blogging] [software] [website]

September 9, 11AM

The Loeb edition of the works of Philo (both Greek and English) is going to be available in Logos by the end of this month (sept 23.)! Those of you who have not subscribed, have a look at Philo in Logos 7 here. At the same time, the book I edited (and par... [Judaism] [Philo] [software]

August 30, 8AM

My study from 2010, ‘Colony’ and ‘metropolis’ in Philo. Examples of Mimicry and Hybridity in Philo’s writing back from the Empire? Études platoniciennes, 7.2010, 11-33, is now available on the web at this link.Filed under: Alexandria, Diaspora... [Alexandria] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [Philo]

August 29, 10AM

The seminar at MF Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, mentioned in an earlier posting, found place today. As it was in honor of the New Testament professor Reidar Hvalvik, it was good to see both former and present colleagues and not a few students being ... [Bible] [conference] [New Testament] [Persons]

August 26, 1AM

My review of  Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical commentator. Volume III: Leviticus, Edited by Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, New York: Kodesh Press, 2015, has now been published by Review of Biblical Literature. Description of the book (taken from t... [book] [Philo] [Review]

12 AM

Upcoming Monday, Aug 29th, there will be a held a seminar (symposium) at the Norwegian School of Theology (Menighetsfakultetet) in honor of prof. dr. Reidar Hvalvik, who has reached the age of 65. The theme of the gathering will be: Picturing the New Test... [conference] [Persons] [scholarship]

August 25, 7AM

Logos Bible Software , now produced under the wider company name of, has this week launched a new version of their program; now named Logos 7. In addition to an expansion of the variety of packages (?) and contents of most of their package... [Philo] [software] [Uncategorized]
Summertime  is the when several conferences related to biblical studies are held, and the summer of 2016 is no exception. My own participation in such conferences this summer , alas, has been non-existent, due to several reasons. One of those I would hav... [Alexandria] [conference] [Judaism] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship]

August 5, 12 PM

James McGrath provies summaries of various lectures at rhe SNTS meeting in Montreal this week here:  See also his input on Facebook and the SNTS 2016 Montreal group on Facebook.  Filed under: Blogging, Con... [blogging] [conference] [New Testament] [papers] [scholarship]

July 21, 7AM

The most recent Norwegian bible translations from the Norwegian Bible Society are now available in the Logos Bible Software! That is great news for both the Norwegian users og Logos as well as others interested in the Norwgian translations. This addition ... [Uncategorized]

June 24, 12 AM

In the last issue of Vigilia Christianae (70.3 (2016):259-281), David T. Runia has an article dealing with a field very little explored; Philo in Bysantium. An Exploration: “The article gives the first comprehensive overview of the fate of the writi... [Article] [Philo] [scholarship]

June 21, 5AM

  NOTA BENE 11.5 The new Nota Bene 11.5 is the best version  ever produced, and it provides some very useful new features that will make your research and writing much easier. For those of you who purchased Nota Bene 10 Plus or Nota Bene 11, this is... [Uncategorized]

June 16, 11AM

Date: 21 July 2016 Time: 10-5 Location:  The University of Glasgow, Theology and Religious Studies Building, No. 4 The Square, G12 8QQ The event is free to attend, though please email Sean Adams to register ( For more information, vi... [Alexandria] [conference] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [Philo]

June 5, 12 PM

The annual SBL International Meeting will this year be held in partnership with the Korea New Testament Society, Korea Old Testament Society, and the Society of Asian Biblical Studies, in Seoul, South Korea, on July 2 – 7. In the group on Hellenist... [Uncategorized]

May 25, 4AM

Another review of T. Seland (ed.), Reading Philo, is available in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society  59/1 (2016) 202-204; it is written by Kenneth Schenk. Quite positive here too; its conclusion runs thus: “On the whole, this handbook ... [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [New Testament] [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]

May 21, 7AM

The Irish Theological Quarterly had a review of  T. Seland (ed.), Reading Philo,  in volume 81 (February 2016), pp. 103–104, written by Jonathan Burroughs, at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. The review is, in general, positive:”Taken ... [Uncategorized]


Every year there are several scholarly Bible conferences held around the world. Many -if not most-of these are arranged by some scholarly organisations. Some conferences are focusing on Old Testament issues, some on New Testament, and others then, on vari... [conference] [old testament] [Uncategorized]

May 18, 7AM

The Norwegian Bible Society is celebrating their 200th Anniversary this spring. In the early years of the nineteenth century several Bible societies were established in order to promote the printing and propagation of the Bible. Important for the establis... [Uncategorized]

May 17, 11AM

Joan Taylor reports on Facebook: “I’ve been trying to post this but Facebook keeps blocking it as offensive content! Paul has tried to release it as an administrator but it remains blocked. Here goes without the link. Please get in touch with ... [Uncategorized]

May 3, 11AM

Beth Elness-Hanson has written her PhD thesis on how American and Maasai Biblical scholars interpret the generational curses in the Pentateuch. She will defended her dissertation on May 3, 2016. On Monday, May 2, Elness-Hanson gave the trial lecture on th... [Uncategorized]

April 18, 6AM

Vandenhoeck & Ruprech are publishing a new series of ancient Jewish and Christian works, in which also some volumes of Philo will be included. The series is presented thus: Jürgen Wehnert (Hg.) Kleine Bibliothek der antiken jüdischen und christliche... [bibliography] [book] [Philo]

April 4, 2PM

I don’t know if you know, but if you are scholar, I encourage you to be a member. It is a wonderful arena in which we can share our academic work for mutual benefit. If you ‘follow’ colleagues on this site, you will be notif... [bibliography] [blogging] [scholarship]

April 3, 4AM

The latest issue of The Studia Philonica Annual finally reached my desk last week: The Studia Philonica Annual XXVII . 2015/ Studies in Hellenistic Judaism Edited by David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling (Atlanta, SBL Press, 2015).271pp. As usual, the An... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]

April 1, 11PM

I just want to point your attention to two more recent Festschriften, here described by Nijay Gupta: Two prominent scholars, well deserving this honor of having great Festschrif... [Bible] [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [Christology] [New Testament] [Review] [scholarship]


The Studia Philonica Annual (etc) webpage ( has been down for some time now, and I still do not know the reason why; hopefully it is just due to some temporary problems. In the meanwhile, some Philo material is st... [Alexandria] [blogging] [Diaspora] [Philo] [scholarship] [website]
For all of those who are interested in early Christianity, and especially those who have walked in the streets of Pompeii, this book should be interesting reading: Bruce Longenecker, The Crosses of Pompeii: Jesus-Devotion in a Vesuvian Town. Fortress Pres... [Archaeology] [bibliography] [book] [Christianity] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [scholarship]
One of the books I am looking forward to dig into this fall, is this: Larry W. Hurtado, Destroyer of the gods. Early Christian Distinctiveness in the Roman World, Baylor University Press, sept 2016. Hardback, 279 pages, $29.95 From the publishers announce... [bibliography] [book] [Christianity] [New Testament] [scholarship]

March 9, 7AM

Today, March 9., it is 25 years since I had my public defense of my Norwegian PhD dissertation. Umbelievable how the years fly away.. The ‘disputatio’ were held at the University of Trondheim, now called Norwegian University of Science and Te... [Alexandria] [Bible] [book] [Personal] [Philo] [scholarship]

March 4, 3AM

The well-known and well-renowned Lexicon, Reallexicon fur Antike und Christentum, has now been published, including a new article on Philo of Alexandria: D.T. Runia, Philon von Alexandria. RAC Bd 27 (Lfg. 210/217): 605-627 (columns) The publisher of this ... [Alexandria] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]

February 25, 2PM

Sometimes it is fun to play with ideas, and fun to play with common accepted standpoints, whether of so-called ‘common’ knowledge, or ideas prevalent and generally accepted in much research. If no-one dares to plays with ideas, challenge them... [blogging] [book] [New Testament] [Persons] [scholarship]

February 24, 3AM

Prof. James D.G. Dunn (Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, University of Durham) is probably one of those New Testament scholars whose books I have read most up through the years. I have never had any close contact with him, but have followed his ca... [blogging] [New Testament] [Review] [scholarship] [Uncategorized]


In the most recent issue of Catholic Biblical Quarterly (78 (2016):185-187), Michael Cover (Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA) has a review of Reading Philo. A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria (Grand Rapids, Mi., Eerdmans, 2014). The review is quite pos... [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]

February 2, 8AM

Oppdaget en bok i dag jeg burde ha oppdaget før, siden den kom ut så langt tilbake som i 2013: Ingerid S. Straume, Danningens Filosofihistorie. Gyldendal Norsk forlag, Oslo 2013. Gleder meg til å lese i den. Boken består av en rekke enkeltstående kap... [bibliography] [book]

January 30, 8AM

The first UK Philo Colloquium will be held Thursday 21 July 2016 at Glasgow University from 10:00–4:30. This meeting will be an opportunity for those working on Philo’s treatises or interested in Philonic studies to meet with other scholars in the UK ... [conference] [Philo]

January 19, 2AM

There are some websites that are more interesting than others, some blogs that are more rewarding to visit than others, and some sites that are just impressive. I follow several via Feedly; highly recommended. Today I just wanted to pay my respect and gra... [bibliography] [blogging] [scholarship] [software] [teaching] [website]

January 14, 3AM

José Pablo Martín passed away in Buenos Aires on Sunday, January 10 after a lengthy battle with cancer. José Martín had been associated with the Philo bibliography project for over 20 years. He was a very considerable scholar and will be greatly miss... [Personal]

December 23 2015, 2PM

The Norwegian scholar, Karl Olav Sandnes, professor in New Testament Studies at the Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo, Norway, has another new book coming out these days. Prof. Sandnes has by now a distinguished list of publications, and in the last ones... [book] [Christology] [New Testament] [scholarship]

December 21, 3AM

  The first of these two books is primarily about Paul, but there is also a chapter devoted to Philo as part of the background material for understanding Paul: Wells, Kyle B. 2015. Grace and Agency in Paul and Second Temple Judaism. Interpreting the ... [book] [Christianity] [Paul] [Philo] [scholarship]
Here are some books I would like to have my hands on during the coming year 2016. They are, perhaps, not directly relevant to a study of Philo of Alexandria, though having a closer look at them might make you change your mind about exactly that relevancy.... [book] [Diaspora]

December 13, 10AM

I. Howard Marshall died recently – by cancer. His scholarship was impressive, meticulous and inspiring. May it still be inspiring for both the church and academia. See further: [Uncategorized]

December 12, 8AM

Strolling   along the book booths in the great book sales exhibition at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta i November, I found some recently published Philo books that I hope to be able to have the oppurtunity of getting more acquainted with in 2016. ... [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [conference]


In connection with the recent annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society in Atlanta in November, The NotaBene company is offering conference-level pricing to anyone in t... [software] [website]

November 27, 9AM

It has become a recurring tradition that some evening during the SBL Annual Meeting, Philo scholars are invited to participate in an evening dinner session in some nearby restaurant. Thus, in this way following the traditions of Philo about the sociality ... [conference] [Persons] [Philo]


The AAR/SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta is definitely over; hopefully all the 10.000 participants have arrived safely home. Those of us travelling halfway around the globe to get there may still suffer from some jetlag, but that’s temporary. Soon we w... [conference] [Philo] [scholarship]


I have added some links to my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies; the following have been added: Link to Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint Link to the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library Link to David Lincicum’s blog. Link... [Persons] [Philo] [scholarship] [Septuagint] [website]

November 15, 2PM

Update Nov. 16: All the papers  for the three Philo Seminars (S 22-237  Philo of Alexandria, S23 – 136 Philo of Alexandria, S23-341 Philo of Alexandria) are now available on my Philo page; please go to to read... [conference] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [papers] [Philo] [scholarship]

November 4, 1PM

All the papers for the papers for the S 22-237  Philo of Alexandria Seminar: Philo & the History of Interpretation are now available online. S 22-237  Philo of Alexandria Sunday 11/22/2015 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Room: Room TBD – Hotel TBD Theme: P... [bibliography] [blogging] [conference] [papers] [Philo]

October 28, 8AM

I have uploaded some more Philo papers for the upcoming SBL Annual Meeting. Go see them here: The papers uploaded most recently are: Ludovica De Luca, Università degli studi Roma Tre The bronze snake according to... [Alexandria] [conference] [Diaspora] [Philo] [scholarship]
I have uploaded some more Philo papers for the upcoming SBL Annual Meeting. Go see them here: The papers uploaded most recently are: Ludovica De Luca, Università degli studi Roma Tre The bronze snake according to... [Alexandria] [conference] [Diaspora] [Philo] [scholarship]

October 23, 1AM

One of those scholars whose writings I have enjoyed reading the most is John Elliott. He is a pleasant person, and his writings rank high on my list; his commentary to 1 Peter is truly magnificent! But his writings in the fields of social science have als... [1 Peter] [bibliography] [New Testament] [Persons] [scholarship]
One of those scholars whose writings I have enjoyed reading the most is John H. Elliott. He is a pleasant person, and his writings rank high on my list; his commentary to 1 Peter is truly magnificent! But his writings in the fields of social science have ... [1 Peter] [bibliography] [New Testament] [Persons] [scholarship]

October 20, 5AM

Papers for the Philo Seminars at SBL Annual Meeting are now coming in; today I have posted the papers by Frank Shaw and David T. Runia.    Filed under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]
Papers for the Philo Seminars at SBL Annual Meeting are now coming in; today I have posted the papers by Frank Shaw and David T. Runia.    Filed under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]

October 13, 1PM

  The Norwegian Professor  in New Testament Studies, dr. Turid Karlsen Seim, turned 70 on last Thursday,  and yesterday she was honored and celebrated by a reception at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, and a great Festschrift was presen... [book] [Christianity] [Persons] [scholarship]
  The Norwegian Professor  in New Testament Studies, dr. Turid Karlsen Seim, turned 70 on last Thursday,  and yesterday she was honored and celebrated by a reception at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, and a great Festschrift was presen... [book] [Christianity] [Persons] [scholarship]

October 12, 12 PM

The SBL Annual Meeting is approaching fast, and it is time to search the Program and make up one’s mind what sessions to attend, and if papers are available before the meeting, what papers to read,… etc  etc. Here is e listing of what I found... [conference] [Diaspora] [papers] [Philo]
The SBL Annual Meeting is approaching fast, and it is time to search the Program and make up one’s mind what sessions to attend, and if papers are available before the meeting, what papers to read,… etc  etc. Here is e listing of what I found... [conference] [Diaspora] [papers] [Philo]

October 11, 1PM

After 12 years in Canada, Anders Runesson has returned to Scandinavia. This summer, he started in his new position as professor in the New Testament at the Faculty of Theology. Anders Runesson started his academic career at Lund University. Here he took a... [New Testament] [Personal] [scholarship] [teaching]
After 12 years in Canada, Anders Runesson has returned to Scandinavia. This summer, he started in his new position as professor in the New Testament at the Faculty of Theology. Anders Runesson started his academic career at Lund University. Here he took a... [New Testament] [Personal] [scholarship] [teaching]

October 9, 12 AM

Children in the Ancient World and the Early Middle Ages: A Bibliography for Scholars and Students In connection with the reseach project mentioned below, on Tiny Voices From the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe, a bibliography is posted... [bibliography] [Christianity] [scholarship] [website]
Children in the Ancient World and the Early Middle Ages: A Bibliography for Scholars and Students In connection with the reseach project mentioned below, on Tiny Voices From the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe, a bibliography is posted... [bibliography] [Christianity] [scholarship] [website]
A research project, centered at the University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts, and Ideas, is approaching its end. The project (2013-2016) studies the lives of children and attitudes to childhood at a culturally formative stag... [Christianity] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [scholarship] [website]
A research project, centered at the University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Arts, and Ideas, is approaching its end. The project (2013-2016) studies the lives of children and attitudes to childhood at a culturally formative stag... [Christianity] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [scholarship] [website]

October 6, 8AM

Some relevant news from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, at New York University: Quote 1: The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World(ISAW) at New York University. AWDL will id... [Diaspora] [scholarship] [website]
Some relevant news from Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, at New York University: Quote 1: The Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL) is an initiative of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World(ISAW) at New York University. AWDL will id... [Diaspora] [scholarship] [website]

September 16, 2AM

Research Fellow at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway, Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, have submitted her dissertation to the School and her work has now been accepted as worthy of the public defense thus: Wednesday September 30, at 5.15-6.00 am... [Bible] [book] [Dissertation] [old testament] [scholarship]
Research Fellow at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway, Tina Dykesteen Nilsen, have submitted her dissertation to the School and her work has now been accepted as worthy of the public defense thus: Wednesday September 30, at 5.15-6.00 am... [Bible] [book] [Dissertation] [old testament] [scholarship]


Did Jesus speak Greek? In a recent posting about the languages used in Eretz Israel at the time of Jesus: Did Jesus speak Greek, it is argued that Greek was much more in use in the first century AD than usually argued, and that the possibility that Jesus ... [jesus] [Judaism] [Judea]

September 13, 1PM

  The last book by Prof. Per Jarle Bekken, (University of Nordland, Norway) “The Lawsuit Motif in John’s Gospel from New Perspectives:Jesus Christ, Crucified Criminal and Emperor of the World”  (Leiden;Brill,2014) has now received its ... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [book] [John] [New Testament] [Philo]

12 PM

Matthew Kraus, at University of Cincinnati, has a review in Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews of StudiaPhilonica Annual 2011: David T. Runia, Gregory E. Sterling (ed.), Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Volume XXVI. Atlanta: Society of Bi... [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]
In a posting on his Blog on Sept 7, Larry Hurtado posted some comments that I would like to quote in extenso here: On Linguistic and Textual Complexity in First-Century Christianity September 7, 2015 In responding to an excellent paper at the British New... [blogging] [Judaism] [Judea] [scholarship]

September 9, 12 PM

The third volume of Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel on Torah from Alexandria: Philo as Biblical Commentator, is now out. I am to write a review of this volume for SBL Book reviews; it will probably be printed late this year. Publisher says: “The third volu... [Alexandria] [blogging] [old testament] [Philo] [Review]

August 21, 7AM

I am looking for a specific article in a to me unknown Journal; is there anyone out there who knows the Journal, and could provide some additional information. And of course, if someone was able to get a copy of it, I would be very happy. For some unknown... [Diaspora] [Philo]

August 12, 2AM

Due to a link on James Darlack’s FaceBook page, I was made aware of yet another article on the great library of Alexandria (for other links, se my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies, page ). This othe... [Alexandria] [Archaeology] [Article] [Diaspora] [education] [website]

August 10, 6AM

Ken Schenk has now finished his review of Reading Philo, commenting on each and every one of the book’s chapters. He is very positive in his judgments, and concludes by saying  that I have to consider the book a great success as an introduction to ... [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [Philo] [Review]
The webpage to contain the papers to be presented at three Philo seminars at the SBL Annual Meeting in Atlanta in November is no prepared to receive the manuscripts. You will find links to presenters’ webpages (not all of them seem to have a webpage... [blogging] [conference] [Diaspora] [papers] [Septuagint] [website]

July 18, 7AM

The first review of Reading Philo, printed in a journal like publication, is now available here: Yli-Karjanmaa, Sami. Review of Torrey Seland (ed.), Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.06.21, http://bmcr.brynm... [book] [Philo] [Review] [scholarship]
One of my main interests within New Testament studies lays within studies of 1 Peter. I once even had a blog dealing with 1 Peter (Research Notes on 1 Peter), but this has been closed for several years now. It simly became too much. But this does not mean... [1 Peter] [book] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [Review] [scholarship]

June 24, 2AM

By a note in Facebook I became aware of an interesting conference to be held in Bonn this summer: Egyptian and Jewish Magic in antiquity Bonn 5-9 July. The Venue of the Conference will be the site of the Universitätsforum, Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn. T... [conference] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [scholarship] [website]

June 13, 10AM

Ken Schenck had a brief note on ‘Reading Philo': A Handbook to Philo (Eerdmans, 2014), in the beginning of May (see here). Iit looked like the first part of a review , but it has not been followed up, as far as I have been able to observe. I conside... [Uncategorized]


Now finally, I have signed up for participation at the SNTS General Meeting in Amsterdam 28-31 July. I should thus be able to participate in the Philo Seminar listed below too, as well as some other interesting lectures and events. I just have to find som... [Uncategorized]

May 29, 12 PM

At the 70th General Meeting of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (SNTS), at VU University Amsterdam this summer (July 28-31), there will also be a Seminar devoted to Philo of Alexandria. While the General Meeting is only for members and spouses and i... [conference] [Philo] [website]

May 19, 8AM

Brill’s famous series of New Testament related studies are also available online; you can get to that page by clicking here. “The first online collection of Brill’s flagship series in New Testament Studies (Novum Testamentum, Supplements) pr... [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Philo]

May 18, 12 PM

I am using NotaBene Software; here is why: Intro Video Are you using NotaBene?Filed under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]


Scholars working in the field of Philo and ancient Judaism, will certainly know the Compendia Rerum ad Ioudaicarum series. Now these great books are also available online: “The online collection of the Compendia Rerum Iudaicarum ad Novum Testamentum... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [Philo] [website]

May 13, 1AM

Cand.theol. Hilde Brekke Møller is to deliver the public defence of her PhD dissertation today at the School of Theology, Norway. Her thesis is about The Vermes Quest: The Significance of Geza Vermes for Jesus Research.... [Uncategorized]

April 30, 10PM

By way of Jim Davila’s blog, I stumbled over this blog post: “The wise king: A passage from Philo’s Questions on Genesis (4.76) in Armenian (Preface: Some time ago I came across the passage below in Armenian. I don’t remember the trail th... [blogging] [Philo] [scholarship] [website]

April 24, 10AM

The first review of “Reading Philo. A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria” is now available on the blog of Jim West here: under: Uncateg... [Uncategorized]

April 21, 4AM

A new book is about to be published by Brill that should be interesting to Philo readers, especially those interested in his social history, social world or political world and circumstances: Bradley Ritter, Judeans in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Dissertation] [Egypt] [Josephus] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]

April 15, 8AM has launched their latest version of their terrific program today; NotaBene 10 Plus. Have  a look at their program by going here , and/or see what is new in the latest version by going here.Filed under: Scholarship, software [scholarship] [software]


Mohr Siebeck is launching a new  journal these days: Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE). The publisher presents the Journal thus: Religion in the Roman Empire(RRE) hat das Ziel, neue und integrative Perspektiven auf Religion in der antiken Welt  mit Hi... [bibliography] [journal] [scholarship]

April 14, 4AM

Last Monday, April 13th, several members of a Norwegian society (Norsk Nytestamentlig Forskerforum), were gathered for their Spring meeting at the University of Nordland, Bodø. Usually their metings are held in Oslo, but this time  we were also particip... [bibliography] [jesus] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Philo] [scholarship]

April 8, 7AM

Today I like to present a book I became aware of some months ago. It was published in 2014, and is labelled: Torah from Alexandria: Philo as a Biblical commentator. Volume 1: Genesis, Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel Kodesh Press, 2014. The idea behind this book ... [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Philo] [Septuagint]

April 1, 12 AM

Per Bilde was lecturer/professor at Århus University from 1965 to 2007, when he retired. He was a specialøist in Josephian studies; in his later years, however, he wrote several works on the historical Jesus. A brief bibliography can be found here (from... [conference] [Josephus] [Philo]

March 31, 7AM

In 2013, Sami Yli-Karjanmaa obtained his PhD at Åbo Akademi University, Faculty of Theology, Judaic Studies, on a dissertation on Reincarnation in Philo of Alexandria. This is a topic I have read very little about, and I would have liked to be able to re... [bibliography] [book] [Judaism] [Philo] [scholarship]

March 25, 2AM

98 XXIX. Since, therefore, He thus invisibly enters into this region of the soul, let us prepare that place in the best way the case admits of, to be an abode worthy of God; for if we do not, he, without our being aware of it, will quit us and migrate to ... [Uncategorized] [Diaspora]

February 20, 4AM

HTLS stands for Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint! You can find its site here, and get some impression for yourself, but it surely looks interesting! Here is their own presentation: “This large-scale collective and interdisciplina... [Bible] [bibliography] [old testament] [scholarship] [Septuagint] [website]

February 19, 3AM

LOGOS (Bible Software)  has now put up a call for preorders on an English translation of the famous Strack-Billerbeck Kommentar zum Neuen Testament aus Talmud und Midrasch. Every NT scholar will know this work, and while there are different opinions out ... [Bible] [New Testament] [software] [website]

February 18, 10AM

The Schøyen Collection is a resource for students, academics, research institutions, publishers and all others with an interest in advancing the study of human culture and civilization, regardless of nationality, race or religion. The Collection is also... [Archaeology] [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [New Testament] [scholarship] [Septuagint] [website]

February 17, 8AM

John M. G. Barclay is about to publis his views on the apostle Paul; the volume is scheduled to be published coming fall, possibly in October. The publisher says: “In this book esteemed scholar John Barclay explores Pauline theology anew from the p... [book] [Paul] [scholarship] [website]
The famous Codex Vaticanus is now available – readable online: go to Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana for more info. Codex Vaticanus is a codex from the4th century A.D., and is “originally contained a virtually complete copy of the Septuagint (... [Uncategorized]

February 7, 2AM

Bremmer, Jan N., Initiation into the Mysteries of the Ancient World (De Gruyter, 2013), has been published now as an ‘Open Access’ book, thus downloadable to read (thanks to Larry  Hurtado for the info). The publisher states: “It gives ... [book] [Diaspora] [Eleuvsis] [scholarship] [website]
A tremendous resource is available at this address: Electronic Resources for Classicists Developed and maintained by Maria Pantelia, University of California, Irvine. It has been added to my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies, in the subsection called R... [scholarship] [software] [teaching] [website]
The cryptic reference in the headline above refers to the fact that the site for Textus Lingua Graaecae (TLG) has received a new address, a new URL; now you can find the TLG at Those who have worked with the ancient ... [scholarship] [software] [website]

February 3, 3AM

As a follow up on my former posting on Facebook and Religious Studies, I would like to point to some interesting pages related to the study of the Bible, or rather, to the study of the New Testament. As in the former case, if you don’t know these pa... [Uncategorized]

February 2, 10AM

There are many opinions out there about Facebook (FB); some spend much too much time on it (and they admit that), some are dependent on a daily basis (and they deny it), others (so they at least say) can abstain from it, others (so they say), are not eve... [blogging] [scholarship] [teaching] [website]

February 1, 12 PM

Mohr Siebeck is launching a new journal this year that might be of interest to some of you: Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE) The publisher presents it thus: “Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE) is bold in the sense that it intends to further and do... [bibliography] [Diaspora] [journal]

January 21, 8AM

The last decades have seen an almost revolutionary development in the production and use of personal computers. Modern PCs, LapTops, reading devices like Ipad®, Android tablets and even smartphones have been developed to prove themselves  to be really g... [Diaspora] [Egypt] [ipad] [iPhone] [Judaism] [Philo] [software]

January 20, 9AM

On January 30., there will be an interesting seminar at The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo. The purpose of the seminar is to introduce and discuss some of the new approaches that have changed New Testament studies in recent years, and at t... [conference] [New Testament] [scholarship]
After a long time away from my blogging, partly due to a heavy cold (been barking like a dog for weeks), I’m recovering, and am back at my desk and PC. As a new year has begun, it’s time to look forward to see what  conferences are coming up ... [conference] [education] [New Testament] [scholarship]

January 5, 12 PM

Inncluded in the setup of my Resosurce Pages for Biblical Studies I have tried to make a list of current scholars who are working on Philo and have some publications out dealing with Philo, his works and ideas. Go here to see the present list of scholars... [blogging] [Persons] [Philo] [scholarship]


Happy  New  Year to all readers. The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has been somewhat tough to cope with as I cought a severe cold, and have been barking like a dog for a couple of weeks now. I am slowly recovering, but I am glad that I am not to lec... [blogging] [Personal]

December 23 2014, 3AM

A former student of mine has informed me about an interesting atlas, available on the web: Digital Atlas of the Roman Empire. I have not had time yet to search every detail of its possibilities, but my impression is that it is very detailed, and very info... [Alexandria] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [website]

December 17, 2AM

Over at the blog of Nijay K Gupta there is a message about a new Journal by Mohr-Siebeck: Interesting news, should be relevant for Philophiles too.   &#... [Diaspora]

December 16, 2AM

The book Reading Philo. A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria (Grand Rapids; Eerdmans, 2014), mentioned several times here already  :-) is now also available in a Kindle version. Go and see. for instance or under: Bibliography, B... [bibliography] [book] [Philo]
  “While the presence of philosophy and Philo’s writings is a given, its importance and role have been the subject of debate. The consensus today is that Philo was first and foremost an exegete of Moses’s writings; he was not a philoso... [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Philo]

December 10, 1PM

“Are the works of Philo important for our understanding of the New Testament and Christian origins? I suggest that they are. In fact, I think that the Philonic corpus is the single most important body of material from Second Temple Judaism for our u... [Alexandria] [Article] [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Philo] [scholarship]

December 9, 1AM

“Philo’s exegetical and non-exegetical works can be and have been mined for their wealth of information about Jews and Judaism in antiquity. These areas include Jewish practices, beliefs and ideas, community institutions, holy writings and the... [Alexandria] [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [Philo]

December 8, 3AM

  “In Philo, the Greek Philosophic tradition is absorbed to the maximum; on the other hand, Philo was as loyal to Judaism as any personality in the age with which we deal, and, indeed, as any personality in subsequent times.” S. Sandmel, ... [Diaspora] [Judaism] [Philo]

December 5, 11PM

“Philo of Alexandria is a representative of Diaspora Judaism and of Judaism as such in the late second Temple period. His writings have also been used to illuminate the background and the wider context of the New Testament and the early church. It i... [Alexandria] [bibliography] [New Testament] [Philo] [scholarship]

12 AM

“I regard Philo as probably the single most important first-century Jewish writer for understanding the Jewish religious setting of earliest Christianity, especially in its trans-local expressions outside of Roman Judea.” L. W. Hurtado, ‘... [Uncategorized]

December 4, 2AM

“In Philos Schriften begegnet uns der erste biblische Theologe, der sich zur Daseins- und Existenzerhellung philosophischer Lehren bediente, ohne ihnen ein Einspruchsrecht gegen den Glauben an den persönlichen Gott zu gewähren, der Israel als sein... [bibliography] [Philo]

December 3, 12 PM

One of Germany’s grand old men in Old Testament research, Otto Kaiser,Professor emer. of Old Testament Studies at the University of Marburg, was able to celebrate hos 90th birthday on Nov. 30 this year. He was professor in Old testament from 1963 to... [Alexandria] [Diaspora] [Philo]

November 22, 4PM

are now posted on my website and are thus now accessible and downloadable here. As stated by several, the present versions of these papers are preliminary versions; you are allowed to download or read online, but they are not to be quoted publicly in an... [Uncategorized]

November 21, 3AM

All the papers except one are now available at my site. A broken link on this page has now been repaired, and you can access the available papers here. Good luck everybody; I’ll miss the attendance!Filed under: Conference, Papers, Philo [conference] [papers] [Philo]


I have been informed that in connection with the annual meetings of the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Theological Society, Nota Bene is offered at a very special price. New users can purchase NB 10 at... [conference] [software] [website]


I am  customizing the outlook of this web, and apologize for the from time to time somewhat messy outlook of the front page. Hopefully, it will soon look better….Filed under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]

November 14, 6AM

One more paper for the SBL Annual Meeting Philo Seminar has beeen posted. This time we present Abraham Terian’s paper on The Armenian Textual Tradition of Philo’s De Decalogo. You can access the paper here.Filed under: Conference, Papers, Phil... [conference] [papers] [Philo]


There is an interview on the Eerdmans Blog that may interest some of you: see EerdWord Blog here. :)Filed under: Blogging, Book, Philo, Scholarship [blogging] [book] [Philo] [scholarship]

November 11, 8AM

Phd Research Fellowships, Theology of Mission and Religious Studies The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will start up a four years research project on how migrants establish and create meanings in their encounters with Norwegian soc... [mission] [scholarship]

November 7, 9AM

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, History of Christianity in China The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will August 1, 2015, start up a research project on the Chinese—Norwegian encounter that took place in connection with the ... [mission] [scholarship]

November 6, 2AM

3 more papers ( by Francis, Pearce and Royse), for the Philo Seminar at the SBL Annual Meeting have been posted today; you can access them here: Furthermore, Yedidya Etzion’s paper is reposted, and Manuel Al... [conference] [papers] [Philo]

November 5, 6AM

Today I received a package from Eerdmans, containing the book: Reading Philo! It is very satisfying to be able to see the volume, and know that it will be available at the AAR/SBL Annual Meeting this year. Unfortunately, I will … Continue reading &#... [bibliography] [blogging] [book] [conference] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Philo]

12 AM

Another paper for the Philo Seminar at SBL Annual Meeting has been made available, Yedidya Etzion, University of California-Berkeley, paper on Philo’s Sabbath: A study in Philo’s Jewish Law, can be accessed here: Sabbath: A Study in Philo’s Jewi... [Uncategorized]

November 4, 12 AM

In my former posting about the forthcoming book, Reading Philo. A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria (Eerdmans), on Oct. 6., I focused on its first part; Philo in Context. The second part is labelled Why and How Study Philo (pp. 157-ca … Continue read... [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [Philo]

October 30, 12 PM

The SBL/AAR Annual Meeting App for iphone/Ipads is now available on Apple’s AppStore (for free). It has not been announced on the SBL or AAR website yet, and I am not sure if it is quite finished yet. Mine froze … Continue reading → [conference] [iPhone] [software]


The Studia Philonica Annual, Studies in Hellenistic Judaism, Vol XXVI (2014) is about to be published! As usual the editors are David T. Runia and Gregory E. Sterling, now with Sarah J.K. Pearce as Associate editor, and Ronald Fox being … Continue r... [bibliography] [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Philo]

October 29, 6AM

The paper of Manuel Alexandre Jr. for the Philo Seminar at SBL Annual Meeting this fall has now been posted: Please look for the manuscript here, and come back later to look for more: Manuel Alexandre Jr., Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal; … Contin... [conference] [Philo]


Yesterday version 6 of Logos Bible Software was launched. After only two years with version 4,  they obviously found that it was due time to present an improved version; hnce version 6. The bad thing about this version is that … Continue reading &#... [software] [website]

October 24, 5AM

Assoc. prof., Ph.D., Per Jarle Bekken, University of Nordland, has been evaluated by an independent committee, and the committee has recommended that he get a personal promotion to full professor! This procedure is a part of the Norwegian system; you R... [Uncategorized] [Books] [Personal] [Philo]

October 23, 3AM

The Journal of the Jesus Movement in its Jewish Setting (JJMJS), is freely available online from Oct 20. JJMJS is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed online journal, published in cooperation with Eisenbrauns. The purpose of the Journal is stated thus b... [jesus] [Judaism] [Judea] [Luke] [Luke-Acts] [Matthew] [New Testament] [website]

October 19, 12 PM

I have been ‘out of business’ for a couple of weeks, mainly due to some health problems, but I am now trying to get ‘back on track’. I am still not sure, however, if I will be able to go … Continue reading → [conference] [Philo]

October 6, 6AM

The book, edited by me, to be published later this fall; Reading Philo: A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria (Eerdmans), is designed to function as an introductory handbook for advanced MA students and PhD students who want some relevant information about ... [book] [Philo]

October 3, 6AM

In two earlier postings (see here and here ) I referred to the sessions I found in the SBL Annual Meeting program where they would deal with Philo of Alexandria. Now Ellen Birnbaum has kindly turned my attention to two … Continue reading → [Alexandria] [conference] [Philo] [Philo of Alexandria] [San Diego Convention Center]

October 1, 12 AM

Bible Odyssey is a site presenting information about the Bible and it world. It is relatively new, but still growing, and do already contain a lot of material relevent to the study of the Bible. Several institutions are behind the … Continue reading... [Bible] [bibliography] [education] [New Testament] [old testament] [website]

September 29, 11PM

Speaking about computer programs, I will like to mention another program that just came in my doors, that is Nuance Naturally Speaking, version 13 Premium. I have used the program occasionally over the last years, but has never become quite … Contin... [software]

September 26, 8AM

Nota Bene: Integrated software for writers, academics, researchers, and scholars. Combines multilingual word processing, text searching and retrieval, bibliographic management, and database management as a single program Continue reading → [software] [website]

September 25, 12 AM

A mail from the EABS reminded me of the opportunity to mention this association again, and its upcoming conference in 2015. is open to all scholars and students of the Bible. It organizes research groups, supports a graduate netw... [Bible] [conference]

September 18, 3AM

In addition to the sessions and papers mentioned in my former posting below, there will also be a few other sessions where at least one of the papers will deal with Philo of Alexandria. Searching the preliminary Program Book, available … Continue re... [conference] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Philo]

September 17, 9AM

This year the Philo Group has been changed to a Philo Seminar; the seminar papers will be made available on-line a few weeks before the annual meeting so that they can be read in advance. At both sessions, presenters will … Continue reading → [conference] [Philo]

September 16, 10AM

Brill is announcing a new book on Philo to come out in November: Friederike Oertelt, Herrscherideal und Herrschaftskritik bei Philo von Alexandria. Eine Untersuchung am Beispiel seiner Josephsdarstellung in De Josepho und De somniis II(Studies in Philo of... [Alexandria] [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [Philo]

September 15, 11AM

In a former post, I mentioned that Volker Rabens had an article coming out on Paul and Philo, and I commented thus: “Volker Rabens, Pneuma and the Beholding of God: Reading Paul in the Context of Philonic Mystical Traditions,’ In … Continue ... [Uncategorized]


The book by Chris Keith; Jesus against the Scribal Elite (Baker Academic, 2014) is one of those standing on my preferred reading list this fall. And having a brief look last weekend at the first pages, I met the following … Continue reading → [blogging] [book] [jesus] [Matthew] [New Testament]

September 12, 11PM

Why study Philo of Alexandria? The question might be taken as rhetorical.But it might be good to reflect on it from time to time and make up one’s mind concerning why Philo is important. In fact, the upcoming book to … Continue reading → [bibliography] [book] [Personal] [Philo]

August 14, 11AM

The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will January 1, 2015, start up a three years research project on popular biblical interpretation among the Maasai of East Africa. Linked to this project, two research positions are now open: ̷... [Uncategorized]

August 13, 3AM

The Review of Biblical Literature has posted some more reviews; among those published last week also one about a collection of articles, written by Florentino García Martínez: García Martínez, Florentino, Najman, Hindy and Eibert Tigchelaar, editors, ... [Article] [Philo] [Review]

August 3, 2AM

Due to a brief note in Ken Schenk’s blog Common Denominator, I became aware of the recently published translation of Jean Danieliou’s little introductory book on Philo. The book was originally published in French in the 1950ies, but is now ... [Uncategorized]

August 1, 12 PM

Today, on Aug. 1., 2014, I am retiring from my position as Dean of Studies / Professor in NT at The School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger. It is not my intention, however, to retire from reading and writing (also … Continue reading → [Personal]

July 8, 10AM

Tuesday, July 1, saw the beginning of a new deanship for Fuller Seminary’s School of Theology. Joel B. Green, world-renowned New Testament scholar, has taken the leadership role vacated by retiring dean Howard Loewen. - See Fuller NewsFiled under: Uncat... [Uncategorized]

July 7, 11AM

The Studia Philonica Annual is a scholarly journal devoted to furthuring the study of Hellenistic Judaism, and in particular of the writings and thought of the great Hellenistic-Jewish writer Philo of Alexandria (circa 15 B.C.E. to circa 50 C.E.). The ... [Uncategorized]
Bible Odyssey: People, Places, and Passages Explore the fascinating origins of the Bible and its eventful history. On Bible Odyssey, the world’s leading scholars share the latest historical and literary research on key people, places, and passages of th... [Uncategorized]

June 26, 4AM

For some time there has been a discussion in scholarly circles and journals about how to translate the Greek term ioudaios/ioudaioi. Tradionally it has been translated Jew/Jews, but in some recent studies the translation Judean/-s have been suggested as m... [Article] [Judaism] [Judea] [New Testament]

June 19, 3AM

The MHS School of Mission and Theology (Stavanger, Norway) will January 1, 2015, start up a three years research project on popular biblical interpretation among the Maasai of East Africa. Linked to this project, two research positions are now open: ̷... [Bible]

May 23, 12 AM

The Society of Biblical Literature is announcing its publishing commitment to a major text-critical project: The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Edition (HBCE), under the general editorship of Ronald Hendel. The HBCE will be an eclectic edition of the Hebrew Bib... [Uncategorized]

May 16, 11PM

Brill, the international scholarly publisher, launches the online version of its well-known and respected book series, Novum Testamentum Supplements Online, this month. This month Brill launches the online version of its well-known and respected book seri... [bibliography] [New Testament]

May 3, 11PM

Surfing around an early morning most recently, I became aware of- via – several articles dealing with Philo and ethics, published by Volker Rabens. This is a field of interest that, as far as I know, has not been … Continue readin... [Diaspora] [Paul] [Philo]


Joan Taylor held her inauguration lecture last week (May 1st) as a Professor of Christian Origins and Second Temple Judaism at Kings College, School of Arts and Humanities, Theology and Religious Studies. Her topic chosen for the lecture was: Mary …... [Personal] [Philo] [teaching]
My review of Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering, by Travis B. Williams, have now been posted on Review of Biblical Literature. You can read the review here: Review of Williams, Persecution.  This impre... [1 Peter] [bibliography] [Review]

April 23, 12 PM

Prof David T. Runia has kindly informed me that Prof Dr. Dieter Zeller passed away February 16. 2014. Prof. Zeller was active as a professor at the University of Mainz 1982-2004, when he retired. He published several works on Philo; see … Continue ... [bibliography] [New Testament] [Paul] [Persons] [Philo]

April 20, 1PM

Congratulations to Scott D. Mackie, who has a new article posted in JBL on Philo: “The Passion of Eve and the Ecstasy of Hannah: Sense Perception, Passion, Mysticism, and Misogyny in Philo of Alexandria, De ebrietate 143–52,” Journal of Biblical ... [Philo]

April 7, 9AM has put up a new website, on which you can read a lot of older theological theological books. Some of them are later to be scanned and included in their Logos Bible Software, but in the meantime they are available … Continue reading ͛... [Uncategorized]

April 4, 12 PM

I would like to direct your attention to a review of a book, published by a colleague of mine, Magnar Kartveit: Rejoice, Dear Zion!: Hebrew Construct Phrases with “Daughter” and “Virgin” as Nomen Regens. Read it here. tFiled under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized] [Hebrew Bible]
Somewhat late, but a very appreciative review of Studia Philonica XXII 2010 is posted in : “There are few fields of biblical or cognate studies scholarship better served than Philonic studies by The Studia Philonica Annual, which in... [Uncategorized]

March 29, 11AM

Last Tuesday, on March 25, two books were released from their publishers. Both books were also published in digital formats, and the very same morning both books where available on my IPad. These two books also represent something special in … Conti... [New Testament]

March 9, 2AM

Jacob Jervell, professor emeritus, Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, born May 21, 1925 passed away March 2. He was professor in New Testament studies from 1960 to 1988, when he retired and settled down north of Oslo, on a … Continue reading &... [New Testament] [Persons]

March 3, 4AM

Archie T. Wright, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent University, Virginia, USA, is about to have a revised version of his PhD dissertation published by Mohr-Siebeck. The Origin of Evil Spirits. The Reception of Genesis 6:1-4 in Early Jewish... [bibliography] [book] [old testament] [Philo]

February 25, 6AM

As mentioned in a brief posting in last November, Logos is now working on digitalizing and making available  with their Logos Bible Software, Logos 5, several of the volumes of  The Loeb Classical Edition. So far- from info gathered on … Continue ... [Josephus] [Philo]

February 24, 2PM

Scholars who have dealt with the so-called classical Greek and/or Latin texts from Antiquity will know  The Loeb Classical Library; the small green volumes containing Greek texts and the read ones containing Latin texts are well-known and dear to most &#... [bibliography] [software]

February 17, 1PM

The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion 7-9 May 2014 aims to promote discussions within the fields of theology and religious studies that focus on illness and disability. Disability studies, Dignity studies and other int... [conference]

February 11, 12 PM

Almost about 4 years ago, I had a posting discussing the future of Hebrew in theological curriculums; see   Exit learning Hebrew?. I did not draw any firm conclusions, just presenting some pro and contra arguments. Now we have a group … Continue r... [Uncategorized]

February 5, 1PM

I have been working as an editor (and writer of 3 chapters) on a volume to be published as “Why Read Philo? And How? A Handbook to Philo of Alexandria.“  The manuscript was submitted ca a year ago, and now … Continue reading → [Alexandria] [book] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [Judaism] [Philo]

January 22, 2AM

Check out Vetus Latina; This website is intended to provide resources on the Vetus Latina for scholars and students engaged in the study of the early Church and the history of the Bible.Filed under: Website [website]


Brice C. Jones is a Ph.D. Candidate in Religion at Concordia University, Montréal.He has an interesting webpage dealing with Papyrological resources, and a Blog dealing with issues related to papyrological Research.Filed under: Website [website]

January 16, 1PM

From time to time a reader of the Gospels will meet representatives of the Roman army in the texts; but I for my part had never thought that anyone would produce a study of The Roman Army and the Expansion … Continue reading → [Uncategorized]

January 13, 11AM

At Yale University this Spring there will be a great Conference on Philo. he conference is entitled:  “Philo’s Readers: Affinities, Reception, Transmission and Influence”, at   Maurice R. Greenberg Conference Center   March 30-Apr... [Uncategorized]

January 4, 4AM

I have updated my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies with some interesting links: Hieroi Logoi: Digital Resources for Religion in Late Antiquity Coptic Digital Resources: [blogging] [website]

January 2, 1AM

This work, which is a slightly revised version of a doctoral thesis carried out under the supervision of David G. Horrell and submitted to the University of Exeter in 2010, is an impressive piece of work: Travis B. Williams, Persecution … Continue r... [1 Peter] [Article] [book] [Dissertation] [New Testament]

December 29 2013, 10AM

By way of a note in Facebook (by Gunnar Samuelsson), I become aware of the sad fact that prof. emeritus teol.dr.  Birger Gerhardsson died the night between 24 and 25 of December. Birger Gerhardsson was born Sept. 26th, 1926 in … Continue reading &#... [Matthew] [New Testament] [Paul] [Persons]

December 28, 1PM

Prof. emeritus, dr.theol. Peder Borgen, who is getting 86 in January and still going strong, is having a new book coming out this year: Peder J. Borgen, The Gospel of John: More Light from Philo, Paul and Archaeology. The Scriptures, … Continue read... [Archaeology] [Diaspora] [John] [Judaism] [New Testament] [Paul] [Philo]

December 27, 3PM

From left to right, you see on this picture: David T. Runia, Gregory E. Sterling, Ellen Birnbaum, Sarah Pearce, Jutta Leonhardt-Baltzer, me, Thomas H. Tobin, James R. Royse, and Ronald Cox; that is; the editors and some of the members … Continue rea... [Philo]

December 21, 8AM

Professor emeritus, dr. theol Hans Kvalbein died December 19. He had for some time suffered from weak lunges, and died from a hard pneumonia. Prof Kvalbein worked almost all his adult life at MF The Norwegian School of Theology, Oslo … Continue read... [New Testament] [Personal]

December 9, 1AM

Some time ago (Sept 5. 2010) I had a posting concerning the availability on the Web of the Greek Philo texts; see here. Now this posting has received some valuable comments demonstrating that there are now several sites offering Philo’s … Cont... [Alexandria] [Judaism] [Philo] [website]

November 30, 9AM

Ken Schenk has a brief posting over at his blog Common Denominator, probably summarizing his own paper from SBL Annual Meeting in Baltimore. Alas, I was not able to attend his presentation as there are so many interesting seminars to … Continue read... [Hebrews] [Philo]

November 25, 9PM

It is a tradition at the SBL Annual Meeting that Philo people go out for dinner one night; and so it was this year too. Instead of listing who participated, you may have a look at the picture. Anyone you … Continue reading → [Uncategorized]


SBL Annual Meeting is soon over; busy, intense, innspiring, frustrating, encouraging, informative, and long days. sBL Annual meeting has everything. Trying to recall how many times I had attended, I got to 15 times. Hm, didnt think it was that … Con... [Uncategorized]

November 18, 8PM

Another paper to be read at the SBL Annual Meeting Philo Group session has been posted: Carlos Levy: Breaking the Stoic language. You can find the paper here.Filed under: Uncategorized [Uncategorized]

November 13, 9AM

The Logos Bible Software already contains a Greek text of Philo and the old translation by Yonge, but now they are planning to incorporate the Loeb edition, that is, both its English translation and Greek text too. Great News! You … Continue reading... [Philo] [software]

November 11, 2AM

The first paper to be posted for the Philo Group is now available: David T. Runia is to present his paper on “Philo and Placita” on Monday 24th, at 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM Room: 321 – Convention Center. You … Continue reading → [conference] [Philo]

October 21, 11AM

Mohr Siebeck is Publishing another great Festskrift, this time in honor of Andreas Lindemann, at his 70th birthday: Paulus – Werk und Wirkung. Festschrift für Andreas Lindemann zum 70. Geburtstag. Hrsg. v. Paul-Gerhard Klumbies u. David S. du Toit,... [bibliography] [Paul] [Philo]

October 18, 5AM

The Studia Philonica Annual XXV, 2013 is on its way, and in fact is being published these days. I have not received my copy yet; it use to take some time to get to Norway….. This year the Annual also … Continue reading → [bibliography] [Philo]

October 5, 5AM

Establishment Violence in Philo and Luke I note with pleasure that my dissertation, published in 1995, is still being referred to from time to time; this time I stumbled over a blog post by Larry Hurtado, posted in 2012: Cloaks … Continue reading &#... [blogging] [website]

September 20, 10AM

We are spending a weekend in Edinburgh, Scotland, for some days of relaxation. On Friday we included a visit to Divinity School, attending a session in their Biblical Seminar. Prof Francis Watson (Durham) , was visiting the seminar too, presenting …... [conference] [New Testament]

September 17, 12 PM

A new volume on 1 Peter is coming in October this year, published by de Gruyter. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Goppelt’s birth, a collection of essays was compiled by renowned scriptural scholars working in key areas of … Continue reading &... [1 Peter]

September 16, 11AM

Having been an enthusiastic user of NotaBene since spring 1985, when the editor of the Norwegian journal Humanistiske Data offered me a copy if I would write a review of the program – which he th0ught was something new on … Continue reading &#... [software]

September 14, 3PM

A new link has been added on my Resource Pages for Biblical Studies, adding a section on the papers to be presented in the Philo Seminar at the SBL Annual Meeting in November: Filed under: Conference, Philo [conference] [Philo]

September 12, 1PM

The Stavanger International Conference on Disability, Illness and Religion 7-9 May 2014, at The School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway, aims to promote discussions within the fields of theology and religious studies that focus on illness and di... [conference] [New Testament]

September 4, 1PM

Outside the sessions of the Philo group sessions mentioned below, Philo is referred to or studied in many other papers. Below is a review of some of the other instances I have discovered that Philo is dealt with by way … Continue reading → [conference] [Judaism] [Philo]

September 2, 10AM

In addition to the sessions mentioned below, there is also a Joint Session With: Philo of Alexandria, Midrash: S25-231 Philo of Alexandria Joint Session With: Philo of Alexandria, Midrash 11/25/2013 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM Room: 321 – Convention Center &... [Alexandria] [conference] [Philo]

August 21, 11AM

It is time for some of us to start preparing for travelling to the SBL Annual Meeting. For my part it represents registering, booking hotel, and looking for the cheapest tickets. This year we will stay some days in New … Continue reading → [Diaspora] [Philo]

August 9, 5AM

Last week I received the author’s issues of a book published by Baker Academic: The World of the New Testament Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts Edited by Joel B. Green, Lee Martin McDonald Baker Academic, August 2013. 616 pages The … ... [Article] [bibliography] [New Testament] [Philo]
A person otherwise unknown to me, Matthew D. Montonini, has set up a New website, honoring Raymon E. Broown (1928-1998). This will be one in the row of several others, honoring deceased persons, and in this case fully deserved. It … Continue reading... [Uncategorized]


Robert Hamerton-K​elly passed away early in July after a severe stroke. He was not active as a Philo scholar in the last decades of his life, but he is nevertheless to be remembered in this context as one of the … Continue reading → [Article] [Persons] [Philo]

July 4, 12 PM

From time to time some scholars come forth, trying to argue for a minority position on various questions related to, e.g., authorship, date etc of the New Testament writings. Some times research is making progress in this way too. I … Continue readi... [1 Peter] [bibliography] [New Testament]

May 31, 12 AM

 Just wanted to show a picture from the seminar that was held yesterday on the occasion of my 65th birthday (see programme below). My colleague Jostein Ådna, was the organizer; both he and a former PhD student and now general … Continue reading &#... [conference] [Diaspora] [New Testament] [Personal] [Persons] [Philo]

May 28, 4AM

Thursday May 30, 2013, the owner and writer of this Blog turns 65. On this occasion The School of Mission and Theology invites  to a seminar in honor of the jubilee, where central  points of his research will be focused. … Continue reading →... [1 Peter] [Alexandria] [New Testament] [Philo] [Septuagint]

May 24, 5AM

Torsdag 30. mai 2013 fyller professor Torrey Seland 65 år. I den anledning inviterer Misjonshøgskolen til et seminar til ære for jubilanten, der tyngdepunkter i hans forskning vil stå sentralt. Seminaret består av tre økter med foredrag etterfulgt a... [Uncategorized]

May 21, 12 PM

One of my colleagues, Prof. Magnar Kartveit, at The School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger-Norway, is publishing a new book this spring: Rejoice, Dear Zion! Hebrew Construct Phrases with “Daughter” and “Virgin” as Nomen Regens (... [book] [old testament]

May 7, 11AM

Scott D. Mackcie has posted a new article on his blog, this time on a pauline letter: “The Two Tables of the Law and Paul’s Ethical Methodology in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 and 10:23–11:1,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75.2 (2013): 315–334. Congrat... [Article] [Corinth] [Diaspora] [Paul]

May 6, 10AM

Professor emeritus at Divinity school, Edinburgh University, has published some interesting postings in the recent weeks. Here he deals with topics central to his books on early Christology, see especially Lord Jesus Christ: Devotion to Jesus in Earliest ... [blogging] [New Testament]


A new interesting blog has recently been established by Dr. Willem J. de Wit Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, called Mideast Bible. Mideast Bible is a website dedicated to reading and studying the Bible and theology through Middle Eastern eyes. ... [website]

March 25, 7AM

Mohr Siebeck announces that a new book on ancient Alexandria will be out this spring, published in Germany and in German: Alexandria. Hrsg. v. Tobias Georges, Felix Albrecht u. Reinhard Feldmeier Mohr Siebeck May 2013, 600 pages (est.). They also … ... [Alexandria] [book] [Diaspora] [Philo] [Septuagint]

March 12, 4PM

A former student at The School of Theology and Mission, Stavanger-Norway, now the executive general secretary of the Norwegian Bible Society, Ingeborg Mongstad-Kvammen is about to have her PhD dissertation published at Brill: Ingeborg Mongstad-Kvammen, To... [Dissertation] [New Testament]

March 7, 2PM

Via I came over a wonderful blog resource for religion in antiquity, called Hieroi logoi: Digital Resources for Religion in Late Antiquity. The blogger (Paul Dilley), University of Iowa, presents the project thus: “The purpose of this b... [blogging] [Diaspora] [Judaism] [teaching]

February 22, 2AM

Among the Philo volumes I bought at SBL last November, was also the quite new volume by Karl-Gustav Sandelin, Finland. In 2008 he was able to published a collection of his articles originally published in Sweedish. You can read more … Continue readi... [Corinth] [Diaspora] [Egypt] [New Testament] [Paul] [Philo]

February 19, 12 PM

At the end of this year, if the printing process goes well, there is supposed to be published a volume on 1 Peter in memory of Leonhard Goppelt.The volume is now being edited by Prof. Dr. David S. du Toit … Continue reading → [1 Peter] [Article] [New Testament]

February 7, 1AM

Added some resources to the Philo pages on my Resource Pages to Biblical Studies; in particular the HomePage of René Bloch, and a couple of his articles on Philo. Enjoy! Filed under: Bibliography, Diaspora, Philo [bibliography] [Diaspora] [Philo]

January 26, 7AM

Professor emeritus, PhD & Dr.theol. Peder J. Borgen, was able to celebrate his 85th birthday on January 26. The day was be celebrated in his hometown, Lillestrøm, Norway, where there was be a public exhibition of his works and a … Continue read... [New Testament] [Philo]