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Sad (Delayed) News: The Death of John Baker

From John Day via Viv Rowett:

baker“It has been drawn to my attention that the death of the Rt. Revd. John Austin Baker should have been reported at the recent SOTS meeting. His death occurred on June 4th this year at the age of 86. He was an Old Testament scholar who translated Eichrodt’s Theology of the Old Testament into English, and for some years was Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford; amongst other things he supervised John Barton’s doctoral thesis on prophetic ethics. However, he is perhaps most famous for being Bishop of Salisbury for some years and for writing a theological classic, The Foolishness of God. Although not seen at SOTS in recent years I do recall his giving a thought-provoking paper on Amos some years ago.”

The Telegraph published this obituary on June 5.

The Rt Rev John Baker, who has died aged 86, was Bishop of Salisbury from 1982 to 1993, having previously been rector of St Margaret’s church, Westminster, and Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Baker was the most able theologian among the bishops of his time, and although primarily an Old Testament scholar he applied his learning to a wide range of subjects, and was a useful member of many committees charged with the production of reports on social questions.

Until his consecration as a bishop, Baker was generally regarded as fairly conservative, both theologically and politically. His most important book, The Foolishness of God (1970), now regarded as a classic, was a sympathetic study of 20th-century questioning of the Bible and traditional Christian beliefs, but its conclusions were reassuring to the fearful and uncertain. An individualistic element in his personality had, however, been evident ever since his school days — and once he became a bishop he turned to a variety of controversial issues with sometimes electrifying effect.

Written by Jim

August 15, 2014 at 09:47

Posted in obituary, SOTS

Report From SOTS 2014 Summer Meeting

From the T&T Clark people.  Take a look.

Written by Jim

July 25, 2014 at 15:24

Posted in Conferences, SOTS

SOTS Today

10347709_10152595778506591_6504737222956674708_nMichele has been posting pictures of the papers at SOTS.  Take a look.

Written by Jim

July 24, 2014 at 07:05

Posted in SOTS

The SOTS 2014 Summer Meeting at Oxford

Is going on now. You can follow all the doings on the twitter-


Written by Jim

July 21, 2014 at 11:30

Posted in SOTS

News From SOTS

From the always lovely Viv Rowett, first, a bit of Conference news-

International and Interdisciplinary Conference: Historical Consciousness and Historiography (3000 BC–AD 600) at Merton College, University of Oxford, 17–19 September 2014

Chief organiser: (SOTS member) Dr Samuel Chen, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford OX2 6UD, United Kingdom
Email:; Contact Phone: +(44)7956 694962

and a happy change to the SOTS Meeting programme:

“We are delighted to announce that Professor Graham Davies will be able to present a paper at the Day Conference also, entitled ‘The Passover as the New Year Festival in P‘. The timings of the day have therefore been adjusted slightly to begin at 9:30 am and conclude at 5:00 pm.  Please take note of these changes to the programme timings, which have been updated on the SOTS website also.”

Written by Jim

May 9, 2014 at 05:54

Posted in SOTS

The Summer Meeting Of SOTS Programme (Because It’s British) Is Available

Here it is:

Summer Meeting 2014

St Hilda’s College, Oxford
21st–24th July 2014, followed by a one-day conference on 24th July
Under the presidency of Professor John Day

Printable version of the SOTS programme
The booking form for the SOTS meeting
Travel Directions to St. Hild’s College

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.


(2.30 p.m.) [Committee Meeting]
4.30 p.m. Registration
6.00 p.m. Reception sponsored by Oxford University Press
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Professor John J. Collins (Yale) “Torah and Jewish Identity in the Second Temple Period”


8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Professor Kevin Cathcart (Dublin) “‘The Rainbringers’: Weather-God Imagery in the Psalms and Semitic Inscriptions”
10.00 a.m. Dr Helen Jacobus (London) “Noah’s Flood Calendar (Gen 7.10-8.19) in the Dead Sea Scrolls (4Q252 and 4Q254a)”
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Dr Alison Gray (Cambridge) “Psalm 144: A New Song?”
12.00 noon Dr Charlie Hadjiev (Belfast) “The Bad King, the Good liar, and the Dead Man of God: Role models for the exilic readership of 1 Kings 13”
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m. OUTING to Ashmolean Museum
4.30 pm President’s Tea (in the Ashmolean rooftop restaurant)
7.00 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Professor Anthony Frendo (Malta) “Burning Issues: mlk revisited”


8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Professor Hugh Williamson (Oxford) “In the Shadow of S. R. Driver: A Centennial Appreciation”
10.00 a.m. Dr Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer (Aberdeen) “Zechariah 1-6: Between Redaction Criticism and Form Criticism”
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Dr Hywel Clifford (Oxford) “Biblical Monotheism and Early Greek Philosophy”
12.00 noon Business Meeting (Members only)
1.00 p.m. Lunch, followed by departure
2.30 pm Workshop for PhD students
4.00 pm Tea
4.30 pm Professor Johannes de Moor (Kampen) / Dr Marjo Korpel (Utrecht)
“Adam, Eve and the Devil: A New Beginning”
6.45 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Professor Ronald Hendel (Berkeley)
“Toward a Plural Poetics of Genesis: Style, Source, and Intertextuality”

8.00 a.m. Breakfast

(10.00 am-4.30 pm John Day Conference, Lady Margaret Hall, separate booking required). Please see this form for programme and booking.

Be aware, only members of the Society may attend unless the guest of a Member in good standing.  It’s a closed meeting.  It’s a Society which accepts members according to qualifications.  It’s an actual Professional Society.

Written by Jim

April 3, 2014 at 17:28

Posted in SOTS

Didn’t Make it to Durham for SOTS? Neither Did I…

And I’m sad about it.  But at least Jonathan and Charlotte are keeping us abreast of things posting photos on the SOTS facebook page.  I wish I had gone.  It’s warmer in Durham than it is here (but given travel problems the last few days, I probably would never have gotten there in time).

Next year in Cambridge, as they say.  And thanks, Jonathan and Charlotte, for the great photos.

Written by Jim

January 7, 2014 at 08:09

Posted in Conferences, SOTS


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