A Series of Old Testament Study Guides You May Not Have Heard Of, But Should

Bloomsbury is publishing a series of what they describe as ‘study guides’ for the Old Testament, but don’t make the mistake of thinking these are mere ‘Cliff Notes’.  Quite the contrary.  I reviewed a couple of these volumes in the most recent number of the Book List and they are exceptionally helpful.

Bloomsbury-T&T Clark’s Study Guides to the Old Testament present the latest in biblical scholarship in an engaging format for students and those approaching biblical texts for the first time. Each book covers the historical issues surrounding the text before moving on to consider interpretative issues and the range of approaches available to readers of the text. The books include further reading lists and pointers for students looking to further their knowledge. Each book is written by a member of the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS), a prestigious academic society which celebrates its centenary in 2017.

The link above is to the list by date of publication.  Take a look.

Today in the History of the Society for Old Testament Study

Mat Collins wrote on the SOTS facebook page on 29 June, 2016-

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.

Happy 101st Anniversary, SOTS.  Fantastic beginnings for the best learned society in the world.

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 2017 SOTS Winter Meeting Agenda

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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 sotshospitality@gmail.com. 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.

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.