Finland: Work, Eat, Play in Helsinki

At the beginning of 2018, I received an email from a professor I had never met before (Prof. Hannes Bezzel). He kindly considered my published dissertation “an important monograph” on the subject of “prophecy and foreign nations,” so he invited me to present a paper at the EABS conference held in Helsinki in August, 2018. He informed me that his research group did not have the funding to cover the flights and accommodation of the invitees, but promised that all the invited papers were to be published in an edited volume. I did not plan to attend this conference, especially when it was held closely after the SABS conference in Indonesia, but then I succumbed quickly to the temptation of publication. As you may know, publication is very important for junior researchers. 😉

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Therefore, at the end of my presentation and attendance at the SABS conference in Indonesia, I flew over half the globe to arrive at Helsinki and presented the paper at the “Prophecy and Foreign Nations” session on 01.08.2018. Here is the outline of the papers presented at the session (avaiable at the SBL website):

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Prophecy and Foreign Nations (EABS)
8/01/2018
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Room: P 724 – Yliopistonkatu 3, Porthania

Theme: Foreign Nations in the Book of Ezekiel

Hannes Bezzel, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Presiding

Uwe Becker, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Presiding

Lydia Lee, North-West University (South Africa)
The Tyrian Ruler in MT and LXX Ezekiel 28:11-19 (24 min)
Tag(s): Latter Prophets – Ezekiel (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint))

Reettakaisa Sofia Salo, University of Münster
Ezekiel 35: Tradition-Historical and Redaction-Critical Aspects (24 min)
Tag(s): 1 Esdras (Biblical Literature – Deuterocanonical Works)

Sarah Koehler, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Downfall Description: Doomed Edom in Ezekiel’s Speech (24 min)
Tag(s): Old Testament (Ideology & Theology)

Andrew Langley, University of Oxford
The Vindication of YHWH in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations. (24 min)
Tag(s): Latter Prophets – Ezekiel (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint))

Micaël Bürki, Université de Lausanne
“I’m a God,” “I Made the Nile”: The Pride of Tyre and Egypt in Ezekiel 28-32 (24 min)
Tag(s): Latter Prophets (not including The Twelve) (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Latter Prophets – The Twelve (Biblical Literature – Hebrew Bible/Old Testament/Greek OT (Septuagint)), Ancient Near East – Neo-Assyria (History & Culture)

In order not to go over time, I presented a shortened version of my paper at the session. One of the invitees (Micaël Bürki from Université de Lausanne) did not show up to present his paper, (more…)

Reviews: Three More Comments on My First Book

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Prof. John Strong has kindly reviewed my first book on Review of Biblical Literature. If you have read my monograph entitled Mapping Judah’s Fate in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations, you would know that I have cited and discussed his 1993 PhD dissertation entitled “Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations within the Context of His Message” (more…)

Interview: E2studio’s Dialogue with Biblical Scholar Prof. Archie Lee

E2studio did a recent interview [in Chinese Mandarin] with Prof. Archie Lee, a biblical scholar based at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Shangdong University, who has devoted his academic career to bringing the Hebrew Bible into dialogue with the Chinese literature. 有理想和行动力的人挺酷的!😎

Resource: Two Great Books on the Textual History of the Hebrew Bible

For those interested in the textual history of the Hebrew Bible, I would recommend these two great books, from which I learn a great deal:

1. Ernst Würthwein and Alexander Achilles Fischer, The Text of the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Biblia Hebraica (3rd ed.; trans. Erroll F. Rhodes; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans: 2014). 20959398

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Presentation: “The Dynamic Textual History of the Hebrew Bible” at Fudan University, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

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Photo Credit: history.fudan.edu.cn/7816/list.htm

I was overjoyed to receive an invitation to give a small presentation at the Department of History at Fudan University in Shanghai! I spoke on the “Dynamic Textual History of the Hebrew Bible” (《希伯来圣经》的文本流传与历史变迁) on 08.05.2018. (more…)

Book Reviews: Thankful for the Comments on My First Book

Prof. Johan Lust has kindly reviewed my first book Mapping Judah’s Fate in Ezekiel’s Oracles against the Nations. The review is published at Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses 93 (2017): 152-153. For your reading convenience, here are the photographed pages:

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Article: The Enemies Within: Gog of Magog in Ezekiel 38-39

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My article entitled “The Enemies Within: Gog of Magog in Ezekiel 38-39” is now published in the open-access journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (South Africa-based)! (more…)