Summer Meeting 2011. The Society for Old Testament Studies

June 10th, 2011 | by mihai |

The Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS) is a learned society, based in the British Isles, of professional scholars and others committed to the study of the Old Testament


The venue for all sessions is the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY. Publishers are invited to display books for sale during the Meeting. Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.



(2.00 p.m.) [Committee Meeting]
4.30 p.m. Registration
6.00 p.m. Reception
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Professor Gareth Lloyd Jones (Bangor), ‘Translating for King James: Rabbinic Influence on the AV of 1611’


8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Dr Anselm Hagedorn (Göttingen), ‘Place and Space in the Song of Songs’
10.00 a.m. Dr Jonathan Campbell (Bristol), ‘Rewritten Bible Re-examined’
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Professor Joseph Blenkinsopp (Notre Dame), ‘Remembering Josiah’
12.00 noon Professor Christopher Rowland (Oxford),‘Blake on Job’
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.15 p.m. Business Meeting (Members only)
3.30 p.m. Tsa 4.15 p.m. Dr Katherine Southwood (St Mary’s University College), ‘Ethnicity and the Mixed Marriage Crisis in Ezra 9–10’
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Professor David Gunn (Texas), ‘Science Illustrates Religion: Johann Jakob Scheuchzer’s Amazing “Copper-Plate” Bible of 1731–35’


8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Dr Willem Smelik (University College, London), ‘Moses, Dead or Alive’
10.00 a.m. Professor Tessa Rajak (Reading and Oxford), ‘(In)vestment in/of the Priesthood in the Second Temple and Beyond’
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Dr Gillian Greenberg (University College, London), ‘“Minuses” in the Peshitta to Isaiah and Jeremiah’
12.00 noon Panel Discussion: ‘The Interaction between Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Scholarship’, with Dr James Aitken (Cambridge), Dr Sandra Jacobs (King’s College, London), Dr Joanna Weinberg (Oxford), Professor Hugh Williamson (Oxford), and chaired by Professor Sarah Pearce (Southampton)
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m. Visit to the Bodleian Library with Julian Reid (Corpus Christi College) and a talk by Dr Piet van Boxel (Bodleian), ‘Hebrew Manuscripts in their Geographical and Cultural Setting’, followed by tea, by invitation of the Presidents
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Professor Tamara Eskenazi (Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles), ‘Cutting Corners and Gleaning Rewards: Re-reading Ruth’

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY the telephone number for the Conference Office is 01865 276 888. Please refer to the enclosed map for information on how to get to the College and possible parking locations. There are only 5 parking places available on site and they will be allocated to those most in need. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to be considered for one of these. Please use public transport if you are able.

The charges for hospitality are shown on the enclosed Booking Form. There is an option of standard or en suite rooms but NO twin or double rooms. Members are requested to pay their accounts in full when returning the form but, if necessary, a non-returnable booking fee of £35 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting. A discounted price is available to those whose Booking Forms are received by 19th May 2011 (please see the details on the form). There is a subsidized price for those on low incomes or from economically disadvantaged countries. All bookings must be received by 23rd June 2011; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings may be made by email as long as cheques follow by post. Please note that in making a booking, members render themselves liable for payment of the full cost of that booking, a liability that will be waived only in the light of extenuating circumstances and only when the final conference accounts permit a refund. You may wish to consider taking out insurance on your booking (or check that your annual travel insurance is applicable) to cover the possibility of you having to cancel your booking. You are advised to make a copy of your completed Booking Form for your own records.


Members wishing to attend the Meeting should send the enclosed Booking Form to Ms Elizabeth Harper, SOTS Hospitality Secretary, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University, Abbey House, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RS (tel. 0191 375 7091, e-mail, so as to arrive by 19th May 2011 (for the discount price) or at the latest by 23rd June 2011.

Correspondence concerning the affairs of the Society should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Exeter, Amory Building, Rennes Drive, Exeter EX4 4RJ (tel. 01392 7264290, e-mail Applications for a Conference Grant to assist in meeting the costs of attending the Meeting must reach the current Secretary by 10th May. Proposals for new members must reach her by 15th June. Application forms for grants and membership are available on the SOTS website, .

Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Mrs Vivienne Rowett, The New Vicarage, Beck Hill, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5EY (tel. 01652 632202, e-mail


You must be logged in to post a comment.