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ご無沙汰しております。It’s been a while since my last post. In fact, if I wait two more days, it will have been two full years. I’m sorry for the long hiatus. Let’s just get right back to it.


Update (Jan 6, 2017): I found the author’s English article and abstract, which I somehow missed earlier. I have added this below. Note, however, that I have kept my own translations elsewhere, especially in the outline.


There is a helpful Japanese article about Abraham in early interpretation by Dr. Etsuko Katsumata, Associate Professor at Doshisha University Graduate School of Theology. The article is: Continue Reading…

On November 3, I attended the 2014 Fall Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study in Japan (Nihon Kyūyaku Gakkai). The one-day conference was held at Hokusei Gakuen University, in Sapporo, Hokkaido.

The Former Hokkaido Government Office Building (Red Brick Office)

Three women presented during the morning session (English titles are my translations): Continue Reading…

There will be a two-day biblical archaeology seminar in Tokyo this weekend called “Excavating the Biblical World: The Current State of Biblical Archaeology.” The seminar is being co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of Tokyo and Sophia University’s Institute for Christian Culture. All lectures will be in Japanese.

Here is my translation of the session titles, followed by details in Japanese: Continue Reading…

Philosophical Interpretations of the Old Testament, by Seizo Sekine (University of Tokyo), was recently published in de Gruyter’s Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) series. The book was translated by J. Randall Short (Tokyo Christian University), in collaboration with Judy Wakabayashi (Kent State University).

Philosophical Interpretations of the Old Testament is based mostly on 旧約聖書と哲学―現代の問いのなかの一神教 (Kyūyaku Seisho to Tetsugaku: Gendai no Toi no Naka no Isshinkyō; The Old Testament and Philosophy: Monotheism in the Context of Contemporary Challenges), published by Iwanami Shoten in 2008. The English volume also includes a chapter on Old Testament Studies in Japan, which is based on a paper that the author presented to the Society for Old Testament Study in Japan in 2009.

Here are the aims and scope of the book, followed by the table of contents. Continue Reading…

The Japan Society of New Testament Studies (日本新約学会・Nihon Shinyaku Gakkai)held its annual meeting in Tokyo on September 13–14, 2013.

Rikkyo UniversityRikkyo University, Ikebukuro, Tokyo (Site of the 2013 JSNTS Meeting)

Here are the presenters, paper titles (translations mine), moderators, and other speakers: Continue Reading…