Category Archives: SOTS

SOTS Summer Meeting 2017

Note especially this bit-

The Jordanian Lead Books – Panel discussion (Dr James Aitken (Cambridge), Dr Margaret Barker (Borrowash), Professor Bernhard Lang (Paderborn), and Professor Alan Millard (Liverpool).

Oh my. Still?

Lunch And The 100th Anniversary Essay Collection

Papers, Books, and Coffee

The first paper by Andrew Mayes of Dublin was super interesting- examining Joseph as an anti-hero and attempting to place the Joseph story in its historical context.  The book exhibit opened, and we had coffee and tea too.  So far, so good.

A Full Day Ahead…

And I still feel pretty wretched.  Coughing, headache, blah.  And to compound the fun, there was no hot water in the shower this morning.  Still, there are papers to hear and books to see and photos to snap.

More anon.  If I make it.

The Presidential Address, #SOTS2017

SOTS 2017 Reception and Dinner

The Fun Begins, and Room Shots Too

With Time to Kill…

I took the bus back into Nottingham- hoping the fresh air would help me feel a little better (I have a cold).  Here are some shots from there from the bus and then back at the hall with others waiting to get rooms.

Around the SOTS Venue

I’ve made it to Cripps Hall but can’t get the room key till 3.  So I have some time to kill.  Here are some photos to while away the moments.

The 2017 SOTS Winter Meeting Agenda



Though things continue on through lunch on the 5th I’ll actually depart around 10 so that I can arrive in Birmingham in plenty of time for the Lecture at Newman University.  I’ll, of course, be posting travel photos all along the way to and from so stay tuned.  There’s wifi on the Nottingham Campus and at the hotels before and after.  It’ll be almost like being there for you.

I’ll also tweet it- #SOTS17.

Last Chance for SOTS Earlybird Registration

Dear SOTS member,

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for booking attendance at the Winter Meeting at the cheaper rate. If you haven’t booked yet and wish to catch it at the lower price, email the hospitality secretary James Patrick on I was checking for my own purposes, and thought that I’m probably not the only one who hasn’t yet booked and intends to. A trial is being made of offering financial help to carers, and that has to be applied for by tomorrow at the latest, so again, contact James for that. Final bookings at the regular price have to be made by Dec 6th.

With best wishes,
Viv Rowett
SOTS retiring membership secretary

I’ll see you there in Nottingham.  And if not there, perhaps in Birmingham on 5 January.

The SOTS 2017 Winter Meeting Booking Form

The SOTS 2017 Winter Meeting Program

I’m all booked with plane tickets and room.  Looking forward to it very much.

SOTS At 100: Centennial Essays for the Society for Old Testament Study

Bloomsbury will publish this volume in the Winter.

The volume, being published by Bloomsbury T&T Clark in the Library of Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament Studies, comprises seven essays by long-serving Officers of the Society:

  • ‘The Origins of the Society for Old Testament Study: Cultural, Political and Religious Antecedents’, by Ronald Clements (Foreign Secretary 1974-1981, President 1985).
  • ‘The Society for Old Testament Study: 1917-2017’, by Eryl Davies (Archivist since 2012, President 2013).
  • ‘A Timeline of SOTS’, by John Jarick (Secretary 2000-2009).
  • ‘A Century of SOTS Papers’, by David Clines (Secretary 1977-1982, President 1996, Foreign Secretary 2005-2012).
  • ‘From People and Book to Text in Context: Volumes that Speak Volumes’, by Adrian Curtis (Secretary 1983-1988, President 2016).
  • ‘A Snapshot of SOTS at 100: Collegiality and Diversity in the Membership of the Society for Old Testament Study’, by Katharine Dell (Secretary 1995-2000).
  • ‘The Way of the Future? Into Our Second Century’, by Paul Joyce (Secretary 1989-1994, President 2017).

Members of the Society can order the volume at a substantial discount. See the email from Viv Rowett.

Images from the SOTS 2016 Summer Meeting

Pillaged from the group’s FB page

SOTS meetings are always the best.  The atmosphere is excellent and the assembly collegial.  I’m looking forward to being in Nottingham this January for the Winter meeting.

If you’re a person with proper qualifications (and yes, you have to qualify for membership just as you do for the Catholic Biblical Association) you should join.  Seriously.  Here’s how.

Seeking A Reviewer

Some of you may know that I’m on the editorial board of SJOT.  As such I have the task of enlisting reviewers for volumes published here in North America.  One such volume arrived today from Eerdmans:


If you are a resident of the United States and would be willing to review this volume, drop me a line and I’ll send it along (and do be sure to mention your qualifications to do so).

News From SOTS

The SOTS President's Bible (held by Barton)

The SOTS President’s Bible (held by John Barton)

If you haven’t checked out the SOTS webpage lately you should. Jonathan Stökl and Jim ‘James’ Aitken are doing a fantastic job keeping it in tip top condition and added a super new feature- the Conference Calendar. It’s on the front page. You can see who is doing what when in the Summer Meeting next week.  —

Today in the History of the Society for Old Testament Study

Mat Collins writes on the SOTS facebook page-

sotsFor those interested in that sort of thing, it was 100 years ago today (29th June 1916) that the first proper planning meeting for SOTS was held. Nine scholars met in the rooms of R.H. Kennett at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and resolved to move ahead with the proposed “British Society for Old Testament Studies” and to hold an inaugural meeting in London (at King’s College) at the start of January 1917.

According to the minutes, those in attendance were: Rev. Prof. W. Emery Barnes, Rev. Principal W.H. Bennett, Rev. Principal W.E. Blomfield, Stanley A. Cook Esqr., Dr. G. Buchanan Gray, Rev. Canon R.H. Kennett, Prof. A.S. Peake, Rev. T.H. Robinson, and Rev. Principal John Skinner.

Fantastic beginnings for the best learned society in the world.

The May Biblioblog Carnival of British Biblical Goodness

amenThis month’s carnival has a British flavor:  every post is by a British scholar (or one who has been to Britain or who has family from Britain or ancestors therefrom or who has flown over Britain on their way to Europe or who has seen Britain on a map in the fifth grade).

Hebrew Bible From a British Point of View

Jim Davila, who blogs on Hebrew Bible from the land of the Britons, posted the following interesting snippets: Major grant for the Early Manuscripts Electronic Library.  He also had a snippet on the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Eva Mroczek has words to say about the literary imagination in Jewish antiquity in a “Frankely Judaic” podcast from the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies. The host of “Frankely Judaic” is Jeremy Shere.

Will Ross, a student of Jim Aitken’s at Cambridge, posted an interview with Tov.  Meanwhile, Tim Bulkeley, who says he’s British (so why does he live in Australia then?), posted on David’s story.

He’s just across the channel from Britain, so he’s nearly British.  He?  Michael Langlois, who posted about a DSS conference that also includes talk of the Samaritan Pentateuch.

trump_johnsonTripp Fuller illustrates the tragic state of biblical studies as publicity questing in a post nearly everyone should visit (to see an example of biblical studies as publicity questing) since it features some of the best questers in the ‘business’ of biblical studies… on the devil.  The post title?  Devilpalooza.  Of course.

The Dutchlanders have a review of a new edition of an older book that if you’re a reader of Dutchlandish or English you may want to read.  I’ll just leave it at that.

Matthew Lynch informs us that he has posted an interview with Brennan Breed on his book ‘Nomadic Text: A Theory of Biblical Reception History’ on his blog along with a six part blog series on violence in Joshua for another blog.  Here’s a link to the 6th post, which includes links to the others.

Chiara Peri blogged a bit about the Festschrift presented to Prof. Giovanni Garbini.  There are also, additionally, some photos of the event at the Pontifical Biblical Institute here.  Garbini has deserved a FS for a very long time.  I’m thrilled he finally got one.  And it’s an excellent one at that.

Chris Heard posted on the Walking Dead.  Oh that’s right.  That’ll get you over there.  (And yes, Chris is British.  Or at least his name is…  That’s what I Heard).

William Ross has started reviewing a grammar of the Septuagint.  He begins by stating Septuagint scholars everywhere are rejoicing to finally have a brand new, full grammar of the Greek Old Testament at hand.  He’s right.  Just last night there was a parade here in the middle of our small village and everyone was carrying their copy raised above their heads saying ‘forget the atv ride this weekend, we’re going to read this book!’

The New Testament as Seen Through British Eyes

09dvd-1-650Richard Goode posted this invitation on the Newman University blog.  Of course it’s too late for you to go now but if the St. John’s Bible is ever in your neighborhood, you should make seeing it a priority.

Brant Barber exegetes the Pentecost passages in a video production that’s far more engaging than Trek Wars or any of the other SciFi stuff spewed from Hollywood these days.  And he does it in English just like the British speak.

Phil Long(bowstockinghatnessshire) reviewed a book by someone with an initial and then a name and a last name (those are the important folk don’t ya know- the three name people) on 400 questions about the historical Jesus.  It’s a good review.  The book, though, sounds like rubbish.

James *The Editor* Spinti posted a neat little series of Greeky goodness:

Ben Myers (who usually dabbles in Church fathery sorts of uninteresting things except when he’s talking about Jerome, the only Church Father worth reading) has posted a guest review of Hays’ fairly recent book on the Gospels.

R.R. has continued his multi-segment examination of Bart Ehrman’s latest book.  Read all five parts.  I think a 6th is coming soon as well.

Matt Lynch declares that there’s an “OnScript podcast” interview with Joel Green on his book ‘Conversion in Luke-Acts’.

Ninja Gupta has some interesting observations about Clarke’s book on literacy in the Roman world.  Don’t pass it by.  It’s silent, but deadly interesting.

The Brits are having a Brit at a Brit conference with Richard ‘The Brit’ Bauckham on Jesus at St Mary’s in London.  June 10-11.  All the details are here.  And here.

Mid May was the anniversary of the publication of Westcott and Hort’s Greek New Testament.  And a pretty nifty blogpost resulted.

wrightA-J Levine lectured on Jesus and gender at Vanderbilt and Deane, who is sort of British (because he lives in New Zealand) posted the video of it.  Whilst I’m a big fan of A-J I continue to be unimpressed by the present spate of discussions about Jesus and sexuality.  It’s all nothing but the purest (and in too many cases, puerile) speculation.  We know Jesus was a male and that he opposed sexual impurity.  That’s it.  Everything else that anyone says about his gender or views is rank guesswork and always says more about the guesser than history or Jesus.

Mark Goodacre (he’s British, that’s why he doesn’t believe in Q like godly people do) was recognized, justifiably, by Duke for his excellent teaching skills.  Congrats, Mark.  Mark hasn’t actually blogged anything in months, though, so his appearance here is merely congratulatory and not blog-commendable-icative.

Larry Hurtado has some ideas about the Messiah and the ‘Divine Son’.  Classic Hurtado.  Good stuff.  And he doesn’t even have a British accent!  (As we all know, if you speak with a British accent people in America believe everything you say even if you don’t know what you’re talking about.  Larry knows what he’s talking about.)

The Jesus Blog people (all of them are Brits) posted a bit on- surprise- Jesus.  And liberals and anti-semitism.  Read the post, skip the comments.  Someone over there needs to apply the fine sieve filter to keep the mythicist nutbaggers out.

Tragically, word of the demise of Dennis Nineham in early May caused sadness across the world of New Testament scholarship.  As did the tragic news of D. Moody Smith’s death as well.  And at the end of the month we were all very saddened by word of the death of John Webster, one of the most impressive of all theologians.  One of his colleagues posted this remembrance.


Do Brits Do Archaeology Blogging?

The Palestine Exploration Fund does.  Just not a lot.  And Jim Davila does.  Sometimes.  Like this- where he has a note on the ‘great revolt’ and an archaeological discovery connected thereto.  And sometimes when he points to stories like this about Israel’s IAA cracking down on looters.

And the folk at Tell Halif do.  So be sure to follow the doings there this summer.

Want to know how NOT to reference archaeology in connection with biblical studies?  This Norwegian Prof of Communications and Worldview (whatever that is) shows the not-way.  He enfleshes absolutely everything that’s wrong with ‘biblical archaeology’ including circular reasoning, outmoded methodologies, and amateurism.

Not, strictly speaking, from a Biblioblog- but worth noting because the practice of looting antiquities and selling them to collectors continues to be a massive problem  And Roberta Mazza pointed it out.  So, for that reason alone…  enjoy.

Don’t miss this post: mapping terrorist destruction of archaeological sites.  It’s must see.

Miscellaneous British Observations

titanicJames Crossley interviewed someone who is a satirist about something related to politics or something.  It’s totally British. He also launched a revised edition of his chaotic book where things are harnessed and politicians examined in great detail.

Helen Ingram has some salient observations about Higher Ed in the UK.  It’s must reading.  And Helen Sarah Bond (no relation to Helen Ingram or James Bond) has put together a list of women in Classical studies.  It’s something to behold.

Darryl P. had some really interesting things to say about translations of the Bible.  Well not actually Darryl, but Scot.  But I found it on Darryl and so he is the one what must be cited.  Darryl is the British spelling of Darrell or Darrel.  I think.  Who knows.

Til Magnus Steiner (a hearty British name if ever there was one) pointed out an essay which has some interesting ideas about clericalism in the early Church.  Practice your English and give it a read!

Lloyd Pietersen gave a lecture on the loons of Munster.  This is relevant for biblical studies and belongs in a biblical studies carnival because the loons of Munster show what happens when dilettantes who shouldn’t be allowed within 10 miles of the Bible not only get access to it, but convince others that their reading is the right one.



insideThere’s a so called ‘official’ carnival over here at some guy named Brian’s site.  Visit it if you must and you don’t love God and the truth (which can only be found here).

Well that’s it.  We have examined every worthwhile British biblical studies post as they appeared during the month of May from absolutely everywhere on the interweb.  Tune in next month for our next Avignonian Carnival.  It’s Summer, so we’ll be diving into the pool…

A Century of SOTS Papers

By David J.A. Clines.  Here.


Read it all.  It’s a chapter to be published in SOTS at 100: Centennial Essays of the Society for Old Testament Study, edited by John Jarick, to be published in 2016 by Bloomsbury T. & T. Clark.