Last night’s final lecture was by Avraham Faust. It was exceptionally interesting and argued essentially that there need not be any archaeologically based skepticism about the close relationship (sisterhood) of Judah and Israel. Archaeology, he suggested, shows a clear connection between the two ‘states’.
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The pre-dinner session featured a very intriguing paper on various modern readings of Jonah:
There were interesting papers, a nice break for a visit to the book hall, and a bit of time to chat with the publishers. All in all a good, and intellectually stimulating morning.
Lunch next then the afternoon fun.
You have to eat before you can scholar. The facilities here are fantastic and the food is very, very good.
It’s quite a full first half of the day as you’ve seen from the schedule posted earlier. More anon.
Was a delightfully informative examination of the Sabbath commandment and its implications. As Houston notes, ‘it is not work that is sacred, but rest’.
Next, the Presidential Address.
As I understand it, in the future we will be alternating venues between here and Durham. A good choice both I think. #SOTS2020.
And settled in. Looking forward to a walk around to orient myself and then later on for sessions this evening.
So far so good. A very helpful reception area and really comfortable rooms on a lovely campus.
Are now available:
I hope to see you there.
Mat Collins wrote on the SOTS facebook page on 29 June, 2016-
For 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.
Happy 103rd Anniversary, SOTS. Fantastic beginnings for the best learned society in the world.
Follow the Winter Meeting of the Society for Old Testament Study (meeting this week at Cambridge) at #sots19 on the twitter.