‘The Septuagint and Messianism’ forms the theme of the fifty-third Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense that will be held under the Presidency of Professor Michael Knibb (King’s College London) in Leuven from 27 to 29 July 2004. In addition to the Presidential address, main papers will be given by Professors A. Aejmelaeus (Göttingen/Helsinki), P. Bogaert (Leuven), J. J. Collins (Yale), H.-J. Fabry (Bonn),W. Horbury (Cambridge), J. Lust (Leuven), O. Munnich (Paris-Sorbonne), A. Pietersma (Toronto), and A. Schenker (Fribourg). During the Colloquium four seminars will also be held, and these will be led by E. Bons (Strasbourg), M. Menken (Utrecht), M. Roesel (Rostock), and R. Sollamo (Helsinki).
A number of scholars, including the late Professor J. Coppens (one of the co-founders of the Colloquium Biblicum Lovaniense), have claimed that, in comparison with the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint provides evidence of the gradual emergence of messianism and prepared the way for the messianic interpretation of the Old Testament in the New. This claim has recently again found expression in a number of publications, but has by no means won universal acceptance amongst scholars, and it has seemed therefore an appropriate moment to examine the whole question of whether the Septuagint does provide evidence for the gradual emergence of messianism.
Scholars representative of different views have been invited to give main papers, and it is intended that the Colloquium will provide the opportunity for a very interesting and constructive dialogue.
Offers of short papers are invited, and those who wish to offer a short paper are invited to send a summary of their paper (maximum 250 words) to the President by not later than 29 February 2004. Short papers may be given in English, French, or German and should be a maximum of 20 minutes in length to allow 10 minutes for discussion. The summaries should be sent to Professor Michael A. Knibb, 6 Shootersway Park, Berkhamsted, Herts. HP4 3NX, England, or to email@example.com.
Registration forms for the conference will be available towards the end of the year, but in the meantime practical information about the Colloquium is available from Professor Joseph Verheyden, Faculteit Godgeleerdheid, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Colloquium will end immediately after lunch on 29 July, and the IOSCS meeting begins on the following day in Leiden.