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The Bulletin of the Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan (Nippon Oriento Gakkai), or 『オリエント』(Oriento), has nearly 50 years of scholarly research freely available online.

PDF articles from volumes 5 (1962) to 51 (2008) can be accessed through English menus on the journal’s page at J-STAGE (Japan Science and Technology Information Aggregator, Electronic).

Most of the articles are written in Japanese, of course, but most of these include English abstracts (at the beginning of the article in some volumes, at the end in others).

The Society for Near Eastern Studies in Japan has also posted PDF images of volume covers going back to 2003. The covers helpfully include bilingual tables of contents, making this an easy way to scan the most recent article titles: Continue Reading…

 Kenichi Kida, “Martin Buber’s Interpretation of the Bible”

This Japanese lecture was given at Doshisha University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Monotheistic Religions (CISMOR) on May 15, 2010.

CISMOR has provided a lecture summary and handout (PDF) on its website.

Japanese Title: 木田 献一「マルティン・ブーバーの聖書解釈」

The Japan Society of New Testament Studies (日本新約学会・Nihon Shinyaku Gakkai)will hold its annual meeting in Nagoya on September 7–8, 2012.

Nagoya Gakuin UniversityNagoya Gakuin University, Nagoya Campus (Site of the JSNTS Meeting)

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

The Japan Bible Society recently completed its “Spring Bible Seminars” (no. 28) in Tokyo.

In four afternoon sessions – held every other Saturday, beginning June 2 and running through July 14 – four eminent lecturers spoke on these topics while considering the merits and challenges of translating the Bible by committee vs. individually:

  1. “The Bible: From the Perspective of New Testament Studies” – Kiyoshi Tsuchido (土戸清氏, b. 1933)
  2. “The Bible: Use in Worship” – Tsuneaki Katō (加藤常昭, b. 1929)
  3. “Translating the New Interconfessional Translation” – Kenichi Kida (木田献一, b. 1930)
  4. “The Bible: Use in Mass” – Shunichi Takayanagi (高柳俊一, b. 1932)
2012 JBS Spring Seminar

The Japan Bible Society held its third International Bible Forum in Tokyo on July 5th and 6th. Foreign and Japanese lecturers spoke on topics related to both testaments, as well as the intertestamental period.

Here are this year’s lecturers and lecture titles (all but Grabbe’s are translated from the Japanese titles), with links to Japanese abstracts of the talks:

The Japan Bible Society has English pages for the International Bible Forum 2006 and International Bible Forum 2007, so it will likely add one for this year’s forum at some point. 

Did you attend the forum? If so, what did you think about it?