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About the Colloquium

Twenty five years after Oxford’s Rich Seminar sparked a renaissance of research on Origen’s Hexapla, the Phoenix Seminary Text & Canon Institute will host its first colloquium to explore Origen’s textual scholarship and its reception in late antiquity.

Origen of Alexandria moved to Caesarea around AD 230 and soon after began his work on the Hexapla or six-parallel-columned edition of the Old Testament. This edition inspired the preparation of subsequent scholarly editions of the Greek scriptures at the Caesarean Library that impacted the text and exegesis of the Scriptures in their Greek and Hebrew forms there and in other locales.

For its inaugural colloquium, the Text & Canon Institute is bringing together a group of international scholars to write this chapter of the Bible’s history.

The colloquium has been rescheduled to November 17–18, 2021.


  • Location: Phoenix Seminary
    7901 East Shea Boulevard
    Scottsdale, AZ 85260
  • Registration is $50 and includes lunch on Wednesday and Thursday
  • Discount hotel accommodations are available from Sonesta Suites Scottsdale Gainey Ranch at this link. You might also try rooms at the nearby Holiday Inn Express Scottsdale North.

Presenters & Topics

Alison Salvesen University of Oxford
“Symmachus at Caesarea: the Use and Reception of his Ekdosis by Caesarean Scholars”

Michael Graves Wheaton College
“Jerome’s Epistle 106 and Origen’s Hexapla”

Benjamin Kantor  University of Cambridge
“The Pre-Hexaplaric Secunda: Greek Transcriptions of the Hebrew Bible in Roman Caesarea”

Bradley J. Marsh, Jr. Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
“The ‘Afterlife’ of Hexaplaric Samaritan Readings”

Peter J. Gentry  The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“History of Hexapla and Tetrapla from the Evidence of the Colophons”

Anna Kharanauli Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University
“Grammarians at Work”

John D. Meade Phoenix Seminary
“Late Fourth- and Early Fifth-Century Reception of the Caesarean Ekdoseis”

Edmon L. Gallagher  Heritage Christian University
“The Hexapla in the Church according to Jerome”

Matthew Miller Classical School of Wichita
“The Caesarean Hebrew Text: Insights from the Asterisked Material in Codex Colbertinus-Sarravianus”

Francesca Schironi  University of Michigan
“Textual Scholarship in Hellenistic Alexandria (and beyond)”

Peter W. Martens Saint Louis University

Origen and the Hexapla: An Interview with Peter Gentry and John Meade

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About the Institute

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Preliminary Schedule

Wednesday, Nov. 17



Coffee/Tea Break


Lunch Together


Dinner on your own


Thursday, Nov. 18


Coffee/Tea Breaks


Lunch Together




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