Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint (June 1-4, Helsinki): Registration + Programme

The international Soisalon-Soininen Symposium on the Septuagint focuses on the Greek language of the Septuagint and is organized in memory of Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen and in celebration of his 100th birthday on June 4, 2017. The symposium is organized by the Centre of Excellence “Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions,” Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki.

Ilmari Soisalon-Soininen (1917–2002) was Professor of the Faculty of Theology 1964–84 and the “founding father” of Septuagint studies in Finland. He did pioneering research on the Greek syntax of the Septuagint, especially by applying to it his translation-technical methodology, which is still the hall-mark of the “Helsinki School” of Septuagint studies.

The international keynote speakers include John A.L. Lee (Macquarie University, Sydney), Silvia Luraghi (University of Pavia), Jan Joosten (University of Oxford), James K. Aitken (University of Cambridge), and Theo van der Louw (SIL International), and the former students of Soisalon-Soininen Raija Sollamo, Anneli Aejmelaeus, Anssi Voitila and Seppo Sipilä. More information can be found here:


Participation is free for all, but the organizers kindly request you to register even for partial participation, especially to be informed of the participation at the coffee breaks and meals.


Thursday 1st June
University Main building, Fabianinkatu 33, 2nd floor, Runebergsali (Runeberg Hall)

15.45 Registration/refreshments
16.00 Raija Sollamo & Anneli Aejmelaeus: Opening speech

Keynote Session – Chair: Raija Sollamo
16.30-17.30 James K. Aitken (University of Cambridge): Standard Language and the Place of the Septuagint within Koine

17.30-18.30 Seppo Sipilä (Finnish Bible Society): Soisalon-Soininen Meets Grice: The Cooperational Principle and the Septuagint Syntax

18.30 Discussion
19.00 Reception by the Rector of the University

Friday 2nd June
University Main building, Fabianinkatu 33, 3rd floor, Sali (Room) 5

Keynote Session – Chair: Anneli Aejmelaeus
9.00-10.00 John A. L. Lee (Macquarie University): Back to the Question of Greek Idiom

10.00-11.00 Raija Sollamo (University of Helsinki): The Usage of the Article with Nouns Defined by a Nominal or Pronominal Genitive

11.00-11.30 Refreshments

Short Papers – Chair: Seppo Sipilä
11.30-12.00 William A. Ross (University of Cambridge): The Semantics of ‘Youth’ Vocabulary in the Septuagint

12.00-12.30 Christian Seppänen (University of Helsinki): Renderings of the Preposition min in the Greek Pentateuch

12.30-13.00 Miika Tucker (University of Helsinki): The Infinitive in Septuagint Jeremiah

13.00-14.30 Lunch (Restaurant Frans et Amélie, Helsinki, Kluuvikatu 8)

Keynote Session – Chair: Seppo Sipilä
14.30-15.30 Theo van der Louw (SIL International): The Mechanics of Segmentation in the Greek Pentateuch

15.30-16.30 Anssi Voitila (University of Eastern Finland): Middle Voice as Depiction of Subject’s Dominion in the Greek Pentateuch

16.30-17.00 Refreshments

Short Papers – Chair Anssi Voitila
17.00-17.30 Philippe Lemoigne: Une tournure syntaxique fréquente en Ésaïe-LXX : substantif abstrait + λήμψεται + complément d’objet direct

17.30-18.00 Srecko Koralija (University of Cambridge): Notions of Paradise, Enjoyment and Heaven in LXX

Free evening

Saturday 3rd June
University Main building, Unioninkatu 34, 3rd floor, Auditorio (Auditorium) XIII

Keynote Session – Chair: Anssi Voitila
9.00-10.00 Silvia Luraghi (University of Pavia) & Chiara Zanchi (University of Pavia/University of Bergamo): New meanings and constructions of prepositions in the Septuagint: A comparison with Classical and New Testament Greek

10.00-11.00 Anneli Aejmelaeus (University of Helsinki): Translation Technique and the Recensions

11.00-11.30 Refreshments

Short Papers – Chair: Anneli Aejmelaeus
11.30-12.00 José Manuel Cañas Reíllo (Departamento de Filología Griega y Latina CCHS – CSICC):Recensions, textual groups, and vocabulary differentiation in LXX- Judges

12.00-12.30 Patrick Pouchelle (Centre Sèvres): Did the Greek Translators Know the Pi’el Stem, and How Did They Render it?

12.30-13.00 TBA

13.00-14.30 Lunch (Salad Buffet on the University premises)

Keynote Session – Chair Raija Sollamo
14.30-15.30 Jan Joosten (University of Oxford): Grammar and Style in the Septuagint: On Some Remarkable Uses of Preverbs

15.30-16.30 Concluding Discussion on the Septuagint Syntax

16.30-19.00 Free time
19.00 Symposium Dinner (Ravintola Sunn, Aleksanterinkatu 26, 2nd floor)

Sunday 4th June
10.00 A Walking Tour in Helsinki starting at Hotel Töölö Towers, address: Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 23 A. The programme includes bringing flowers to the Grave of Prof. Soisalon-Soininen

12.00 Birthday-coffee, invitation by Prof. Eljas Soisalon-Soininen