Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint : Call for papers

We are organizing a centennial symposium — Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint — in celebration of the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of our esteemed teacher Professor Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen on 4th June, 2017. Professor Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen did pioneering research on the Septuagint syntax, applying what we call the translation technical method, and was the founding father of Septuagint studies in Finland. The symposium is organised by the courtesy of the Centre of Excellence in ‘Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions’ (CSTT) funded by the Academy of Finland. The symposium will take place 1st-3rd June 2017 at the University of Helsinki. The actual symposium will be followed by a small anniversary party on Sunday 4th June at noon.

Keynote speakers are:

JAN JOOSTEN, “Grammar and Style in the Septuagint: On Some Remarkable Uses of Preverbs.”

JAMES K. AITKEN, “Standard Language and the Place of the Septuagint within Koine.”

SILVIA LURAGHI and CHIARA ZANCHI, “New Meanings and Constructions of Prepositions in the Septuagint: a Comparison with Classical and New Testament Greek.”

JOHN A.L. LEE, “Back to the Question of Greek Idiom.”

THEO VAN DER LOUW, “The Dynamics of Segmentation in the Greek Pentateuch.”

RAIJA SOLLAMO, “The Usage of the Article with Nouns Defined by a Nominal Genitive.”

ANNELI AEJMELAEUS, “Translation Technique and the Recensions.”

SEPPO SIPILÄ, “Soisalon-Soininen meets Grice: The Cooperational Principle and the Septuagint Syntax.”

ANSSI VOITILA, “Middle Voice as Depiction of Subject’s Dominion in the Greek Pentateuch.”

We invite proposals for papers to be presented during this symposium. Slots of papers will be 30 minutes (20 minutes presentation, and 10 minutes discussion).  The papers should relate to Septuagint syntax, Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen’s research on the topic and / or the Septuagint language as part of the broader development of the Greek language. We ask you to submit your paper proposals with the title and a short abstract not later than 31st October 2016. The papers accepted for presentation will be announced before the end of the year. The symposium webpage ( will be opened as soon as possible.
Paper proposals as well as inquiries concerning the symposium should be send to Anssi Voitila by e-mail

Best regards,
Raija Sollamo, Anneli Aejmelaeus, Seppo Sipilä and Anssi Voitila

Einleitung in die Septuaginta, LXX.H volume 1, Siegfried Kreuzer (Hg.)

LXXHandbuch zur Septuaginta. Handbuch of the Septuagint
Gütersloher Verlagshaus, Gütersloh 2016.
Cette introduction de la Septante sera suivie de cinq autres volumes sur l’histoire textuelle de la LXX, la langue de la LXX, le contexte historique de la LXX, la théologie de la LXX et l’histoire de la réception.
Parmi les collaborateurs de la Bible d’Alexandrie, ont participé à ce premier volume Gilles Dorival pour les Nombres, Eberhard Bons pour Ruth et Amos, Katrin Hauspie pour Tobit, Cécile Dogniez, Jan Joosten pour les XII.
N. Fernandez Marcos a rédigé la notice sur les Juges, Ph. Hugo celle sur 1 et 2 Règnes , J. Trebolle sur 4 Règnes, A. Schenker sur 1 et 2 Paralipomènes, A. van der Kooij sur Isaïe et P.M. Bogaert sur Jérémie.

T. Muraoka, « With the Publication of NETS »

biblicalparu dans  J.T. Aitken & T.V. Evans (dir.), Biblical Greek in Context, Essays in Honour of John A.L. Lee, Biblical Tools and studies 22, Peeters, Turnhout, 2016, p. 145-163.
Les observations de T. Muraoka portent sur quatre chapitres de la Septante dans NETS (A. Pietersma & B.G. Wright, A New English Translation of the Septuagint, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007) : Genèse 1; Isaïe 34; Psaume 1; 2 Maccabées 13.

Tables des matières

A Syntax of Septuagint Greek, par T.Muraoka

syntaxparu chez Peeters en 2016


This is the first ever comprehensive analysis of the morphosyntax and syntax of Septuagint Greek. The work is based on the most up-to-date editions of the Septuagint. The so-called Antiochene version of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles as well as Judges has been studied. Though this is a synchronic grammar, and though not systematic, comparison with Classical Greek, the Greek of contemporary literature of the Hellenistic-Roman period, papyri and epigraphical data, and New Testament Greek has often been undertaken. Even when analysing translated documents of the Septuagint, the perspective is basically that of its readers. However, attempts were made to determine in what ways and to what extent the structure of the Semitic source languages may have influenced the selection of this or that particular construction by translators. At many places it is demonstrated and illustrated how an analysis of the morphosyntax and syntax can illuminate our general interpretation of the Septuagint text.

Liens :



Une étude sur le lexique de “l’ombre” dans la Septante

parue dans une nouvelle revue de linguistique et d’études orientales de l’Université de Florence, QULSO

Translation Techniques and Interpretative Phenomena in the Greek Version of the Hebrew Bible: A Study of the Figurative Use of the Noun צל ’Shadow’, par Romina Vergari (Université de Strasbourg)

Quaderni di Linguistica e Studi Orientali / Working Papers in Linguistics and Orientral Studies 1 (2015), p. 179-203.

Résumé :

The first part of this article explores the figurative exploitations of the word צל ‘shadow’ in Biblical Hebrew. Special attention is paid to the poetical language. Alongside the metonymy “shelter”, the metaphorical usage of this word is centred on the ideas of protection and transitoriness. The second part of the article takes into account the renderings of צל in the Old Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible. The data collected suggest that the translators refrain from using the equivalent σκιά in those contexts involving the abstract idea of protection and rather opt for the noun σκέπη. The discussion moves further by evaluating the motivations that could have led the translators to judge the term σκιά as unsuitable to express the idea of protection metaphorically. A first line of argument takes into account factors within the Hebrew biblical text; a second line of argument considers the usage of σκιά within Greek literary sources; finally, a third line of argument looks at those non-literary varieties of Greek found in documentary papyri of the Ptolemaic age.


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Un nouveau manuel sur la Septante

T&T Clark Companion to the Septuagint, édité par J. Aitken.septuagint



The Septuagint is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible and the scriptures read by early Christians. Septuagint studies have been a growth field in the past twenty years. It has become an area of interest not only for textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible but as a product of Judaism in the Graeco-Roman world. It is even being utilized occasionally by scholars of Greek religion. At the same time renewed interest in the daughter versions (Syriac, Vulgate, Ethiopic, Coptic etc.) has thrown new attention onto the Septuagint.
This Companion provides a cutting-edge survey of scholarly opinion on the Septuagint text of each biblical book. It covers the characteristics of each Septuagint book, its translation features, origins, text-critical problems and history. As such it provides a comprehensive companion to the Septuagint, featuring contributions from experts in the field.

Table des matières

Preface\Introduction – J.K. Aitken\Genesis – M. Scarlata\ Exodus – A. Salvesen\Leviticus – A. Voitila\Numbers – T.V. Evans\Deuteronomy – L. Perkins\Joshua – M.N. van der Meer\Judges – P. Satterthwaite\ Ruth – E. Bons\1-2 Kingdoms – P. Hugo\3-4 Kingdoms – T.M. Law\Paralipomena 1 and 2 – R. Good\ 1 Esdras – H. Patmore\2 Esdras – G. Wooden\Psalms – J.K. Aitken\Prayer of Manasseh – J.K. Aitken\Proverbs – L. Cuppi & J.K. Aitken\Ecclesiastes – J.K. Aitken\Song of Songs – J.M. Auwers\Job – C. Cox\Wisdom of Solomon – J.K. Aitken\Sirach – B.G. Wright\Psalms of Solomon – D. Pevarello\Esther and Additions – C. Boyd-Taylor\Judith – J. Corley\Tobit – S. Weeks, & L. Stuckenbruck\Minor Prophets – J. Dines\Isaiah – Abi T. Ngunga & J. Schaper\Jeremiah – A. Shead\ Baruch – D. Ryan\Lamentations – K. Youngblood\Epistle of Jeremiah – B.G. Wright\ Ezekiel – K. Hauspie\Daniel – T. McLay\Additions to Daniel – L. Lahey\ 1 Maccabees – D.S. Williams\ 2 Maccabees – Frank Shaw\3 Maccabees – S.R. Johnson\4 Maccabees – R. Hiebert\Glossary –


“This is just about everything one could wish for in a handbook. From beginning to end it is clear, up-to-date, wide-ranging, and authoritative. The format-detailed book-by-book introductions-is a much-needed convenience.” –  Dale Allison, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA

“This volume fills a real gap in biblical scholarship, by characterizing the Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, book by book. Nothing like this has hitherto existed. This is a most useful book.” –  John J. Collins, Yale Divinity School, USA

“This book will immediately establish itself as the first port of call for any serious Bible student and scholar wanting to have an informed introduction to each book in the Septuagint. Unlike with previous handbooks, each chapter is written by an expert on the subject, and the well-designed format ensures that all the main questions are described and addressed, with full bibliography as well. Careful editorial planning has resulted in a work which has no parallel in this field.” –  H. G. M. Williamson, University of Oxford, UK

“This very useful companion to each of the Septuagint books, written by young and enthusiastic experts, provides up-to-date and thorough analyses. This handbook will enrich the future study of the Greek versions of the Hebrew Bible.” –  Emanuel Tov, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Septuaginta Summer School 2015


organisée par le Septuaginta-Unternehmen, à Göttingen, les 6-10 juillet 2015. Elle sera dirigée par le Prof. James Aitken (université de Cambridge) et aura pour thème « From Language to Social Context. The Pentateuch and later traditions ».

Pour l’inscription – avant le 15 mars 2015 – voir le document ci-joint.



La Bible grecque des Septante : cycle de conférences

Université Paris-Sorbonne / UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée

Ce cycle de conférences internationales permet de réunir ceux qui prennent part à l’entreprise de traduction commentée de la Bible des LXX et tous ceux qui s’intéressent à cette ancienne version juive de la Bible. En France, la collection « La Bible d’Alexandrie » (Éditions du Cerf) est dirigée par Marguerite Harl, Gilles Dorival, Olivier Munnich et Cécile Dogniez. À ce jour, 19 volumes sont parus.
Les conférences portent sur la Bible des LXX envisagée sous ses aspects historiques, textuels, littéraires et herméneutiques.


Programme des années précédentes et contacts :

Programme 2016-2017

Programme 2015-2016

Programme 2014-2015

Programme 2013-2014

Programme 2012-2013

Programme 2010-2011

Programme 2009-2010


Colloque : le vocabulaire de la Septante

Le vocabulaire de la Septante et son arrière-fond hellénistique.

Das Vokabular der Septuaginta und sein hellenistischer Hintergrund.

The Vocabulary of the Septuagint and its hellenistic Background.


Le second colloque de  « Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint » aura lieu à Bühl (Allemagne), au Kloster Maria Hilf, du 19/06/2013 au 21/06/2013.



Le programme complet du colloque.

International Congress of IOSCS : Munich, 1-3 août 2013

The next International Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies is to be held in Munich on 1-3 August 2013 (before the IOSOT conference, on 4–9 August 2013).

Die nächste internationale Konferenz der International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies soll vom 1.-3. August 2013 in München stattfinden.

Le prochain congrès de la International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies doit avoir lieu à München, du 1 au 3 août 2013, avant le congrès de l’IOSOT (4-9 août 2010).

2013 Programme

The programme for the 2013 International Conference is available at the IOSOT 2013 site.

Registration and Lodging

The IOSCS International Congress is a Joint Conference with the IOSOT Congress. Register for the IOSCS Congress through the IOSOT 2013 website. Please use the IOSOT online registration form and select IOSCS as a Joint Conference. Late fees begin 1 May, 2013.