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…)

Indonesia: Work, Eat, Pray in Malang

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Photo Credit: Gio @ 2018 SABS Conference

Attending the Seventh Biennial Society of Asian Biblical Studies (SABS) Conference in the city Malang in Indonesia was a mind-blowing experience. The conference was held at the Catholic Seminary STFT Widya Sasana and lasted from the 16th to the 20th of July, 2018. About 88 biblical researchers from around the world (mainly from Asia) flocked to this “Bible Belt” of Indonesia, where a dozen theological colleges and seminaries from various denominations make their home. This incredible journey managed to stimulate my mind (work), spoil my tastebuds (eat), and let me observe the spirituality of others (pray). (more…)

Austria: Salzburg Carnival/Salzburger Fasnacht

The European history never ceases to surprise me. Based on the information presented at the museum of Schloss Hellbrunn. I found out how some 17th century Europeans entertained themselves with their animals. (more…)

Austria: A Wonderful Summer School in Salzburg

Prof. Kristin De Troyer held a fantastic summer school on the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts of Esther at the theological faculty of the University of Salzburg between the 3rd and 7th of July, 2017. I consider myself luckly to have been selected as one of the eleven participants from around the world. A knowledgeable teacher who gave her very best in the class and friendly colleagues who treated each other as equal partners really made my learning of the biblical manuscripts overwhelmingly enjoyable!

Here are some of the memorable moments:

1. Huge smiles at the camera before the hearty dinner sponsored by the University of Salzburg (Photo courtesy of Prof. Kristin De Troyer)

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2. Stunning view from our elegant accommodation in Haus St. Benedikt (more…)

Germany: Berlin, a City That Looks Back at the Past to Reinvent Itself in the Present

Berlin, the capital city of modern Germany, has an intriguing history.

A. 1200-1400

The Slavs who originally inhabited the region called it berl “swamp,” which sounded similar to the German Bär “bear.” Coincidentally, the first Margrave of Brandenburg Albrecht I was nicknamed “the Bear.” Therefore, it is not surprisng that the image of a standing bear has found its way on the guild seal, signet ring and coat of arms of Berlin. And there are even quite a few life-size statues of Buddy Bears on Berlin streets and squares.

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My dear brother cuddled with one of the Berlin Buddy Bears.

B. 1400-1918

In 1415 Friedrich I became the first from the Hohenzollern family to rule in Berlin. (more…)

Israel: Jerusalem of Gold (ירושׁלים שׁל זהב)

Last week was not my first time to visit the Old City in Jerusalem. Still, the city does not cease to enchant me with its timeless beauty…

Stepping on the well worn stones dated to the Roman period…

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Being surrounded by the colorful scarves and blouses hanging out from the stalls… (more…)