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John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies

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Inauguration of the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies
On December 5, 2011, TWU and the Fellows of the Septuagint Institute welcomed John Wevers Jr. and his wife June, and James Wevers and his wife Leah, to the inauguration of the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies. A ribbon-cutting ceremony in the afternoon and a special program and reception in the evening marked the occasion on which the Septuagint Institute was renamed in honour of the late Professor John William Wevers, whose legacy of research and teaching in the field of Septuagint Studies lives on at TWU.

Major Donation to the Septuagint Institute by the Wevers Family
The family of the late Professor John William Wevers recently donated $400,000 to endow Trinity Western University's Septuagint Institute, which will be renamed The John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies at a special ceremony on December 5, 2011. The Institute will serve as the flagship for raising the additional funding required to establish a Chair in Septuagint Studies that will be named in Professor Wevers' honour. To read the news release regarding this major donation, click here.

In Memoriam: John William Wevers, Th.D., D.D., D.H.C., F.R.S.C.
On July 22, 2010, John William Wevers, Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at the University of Toronto, passed away at the age of ninety-one. A memorial service was held at Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Toronto on September 11, 2010. Professor Wevers was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Past President and Honorary President for Life of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, and an Editor for the Septuaginta-Unternehmen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen. In addition to being a world-renowned scholar with numerous achievements and honours to his credit, he was a gifted teacher, a dedicated humanitarian, and an enduring friend. May he rest in peace.

For the text of "John William Wevers (1919-2010): A Biographical Note" by Albert Pietersma and Peter Gentry, which will be published in the 2010 edition of the Bulletin of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, click here. This note is adapted and updated from an earlier biographical sketch that was published in the Wevers Festschrift volume edited by Albert Pietersma and Claude Cox and entitled De Septuaginta: Studies in honour of John William Wevers on his sixty-fifth birthday (Mississauga: Benben Publications, 1984).

Septuagint Studies Specialization

Graduate students at Trinity Western University's Graduate School of Theological Studies (GSTS)—also known as the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS)—and in the university's Religious Studies department may take courses, specialize, and conduct thesis research in the area of Septuagint Studies. See program templates for this specialization in the Master of Theological Studies and Master of Theology programs at GSTS/ACTS.

September 18-20, 2008 Conference
The Septuagint Institute, with the generous support of The Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and Oxford University Press, hosted an international Septuagint conference and the Canadian launch of A New English Translation of the Septuagint (Oxford University Press) at Trinity Western University. The conference theme was "Septuagint Translation(s): Retrospect and Prospect." Special guest speakers included Albert Pietersma (University of Toronto), Benjamin Wright (Lehigh University, Pennsylvania), Jan Joosten (Université Marc Bloch, France), Wolfgang Kraus (University of Saarland, Germany), Alison Salvesen (Oxford University), Melvin Peters (Duke University, North Carolina), and Cameron Boyd-Taylor (University of Cambridge). To see the Call for Papers, click here. For a list of all speakers and paper titles/abstracts, click here. For the conference schedule, click here. For a light-hearted, poetic re-telling of Aristeas's legend about the translation of the Septuagint, recited by Albert Pietersma at the NETS Celebration Dinner on September 19, 2008, click here.

Valuable Septuagint Library Donated to TWU
The valuable personal library of Prof. John William Wevers of the University of Toronto is now at TWU. Read the story of how this came about and a media report concerning this development.

October 11, 2006
The Society of Biblical Literature Commentary on the Septuagint (SBLCS), a multi-volume series sponsored by the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS), is now underway. All four Septuagint Institute fellows will be writing commentary volumes. Septuagint Institute director Dr. Rob Hiebert is one of two joint-editors-in-chief of this commentary series.

September 28-29, 2006 Conference
God, the Bible, and the Qur'an (September 28)
Descriptions of God in Ancient and Modern Monotheistic Traditions
(September 29). Click here for more information.

September 17, 2005 Inaugural
Septuagint Institute launched at Trinity Western University Scholars and Septuagint enthusiasts gathered for the inauguration of North America's new hub of Septuagint research.

December 5, 2011
Renaming of the Septuagint Institute to 'The John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies'

Photos of event taken by Jennifer Watton


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