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Sad (Delayed) News: The Death of John Baker

Posted in obituary, SOTS by Jim on August 15, 2014

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.

Report From SOTS 2014 Summer Meeting

Posted in Conferences, SOTS by Jim on July 25, 2014

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

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SOTS Today

Posted in SOTS by Jim on July 24, 2014

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

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The SOTS 2014 Summer Meeting at Oxford

Posted in SOTS by Jim on July 21, 2014

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

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News From SOTS

Posted in SOTS by Jim on May 9, 2014

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: samuel.chen@wolfson.ox.ac.uk; 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.”

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

Posted in SOTS by Jim on April 3, 2014

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.

MONDAY 21st JULY

(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”

TUESDAY 22nd JULY

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”

WEDNESDAY 23rd JULY

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”

THURSDAY 24th JULY
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.

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

Posted in Conferences, SOTS by Jim on January 7, 2014

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.

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News from SOTS

Posted in SOTS by Jim on November 22, 2013

Here are details in brief of the Gunning Lectures at Edinburgh University for 2014, the first of which takes place at 4:00pm – 5:30pm, 27th January 2014 in Martin Hall, New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh EH1 2LX

“The Formation of the Pentateuch: New Insights and New Theories”
Gunning Lectures 2014
Professor Thomas Römer
Collège de France/Université de Lausanne

Monday 27 January: “New Light on the Pentateuch”
Tuesday 28 January: “The Human Condition in Genesis”
Thursday 30 January : “Exodus Traditions in the Book of Genesis”
Monday 3 February: “The Commission of Moses in the Book of Exodus”
Tuesday 4 February: “Leviticus-Numbers as the Completion of the Pentateuch”
Thursday 6 February: “The Book of Deuteronomy as Archimedean Point”

and here is a link to more information:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/divinity/news-events/events/single-event?gcalid=g5m1q6edu459eh3o4s8dcnhtvk%40group.calendar.google.com&seid=j9qpn1cnb4ioeffu9qvfv5pqlg

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The Society for the Study of the Old Testament Winter Meeting 2014

Posted in Conferences, SOTS by Jim on October 22, 2013

Collingwood College, Durham
6th–8th JANUARY 2014
Under the presidency of Professor John Day

Printable version of the SOTS programme
The booking form for the SOTS meeting
Travel Directions to Collingwood College

The venue for all sessions is Collingwood College, Durham University, South Road, Durham DH1 3LT.
Publishers are invited to display books for sale during the Meeting. Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.

MONDAY 6th JANUARY

(2.30 p.m.) [Committee Meeting]
4.30 p.m. Registration 
6.00 p.m. Reception
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Presidential Address: Professor John Day (Oxford)
“Problems in the Interpretation of the Story of the Garden of Eden”

TUESDAY 7th JANUARY

8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Dr David Reimer (Edinburgh) “The Language of Psalm 119”
10.00 a.m. Dr Stuart Weeks (Durham) “Googling Qohelet”
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Dr Madhavi Nevader (Oxford) “On Reading Adam Royally” 
12.00 noon Dr Sandra Jacobs (King’s College London) “Methodological Paradigms and ‘Parallelomania’ in the Study of Comparative Biblical Law” 
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.30 p.m. Seminar “Research in progress”: PhD students and early career researchers present their work* 
4.00 p.m. Tea
4.30 pm Professor John Bartlett (Dublin) “Burchard of Mt Sion: A Thirteenth-century Baedeker” 
6.30 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Professor Peter Machinist (Harvard) “Royal Inscriptions in the Hebrew Bible. A Problem and Its Significance” 

WEDNESDAY 8th JANUARY

8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Dr Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham) “The Power of Posthumous Leadership in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls” 
10.00 a.m. Professor Philip Alexander (Manchester) “The Polemical and Apologetic Context of the Rabbis’ Choice of Text-type for their Scriptures” 
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Professor Paul Joyce (King’s College London) “Reception and Exegesis in Lamentations” 
12.00 noon Business Meeting (Members only)
1.00 p.m. Lunch, followed by departure

*PhD students or early career researchers who would like to present their research at the seminar on Tuesday afternoon are invited to email a short abstract (150 words max.) to the Secretary, Dr Hilary Marlow (hm309@cam.ac.uk) by December 5th 2013.

I so wish I could attend but, alas, this year I will have to miss.  2015, DV, I’ll be back.

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Another Shot from the SOTS Summer Meeting

Posted in Conferences, SOTS by Jim on July 28, 2013

From Viv Rowett

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