Summer Meeting 2012

Summer Meeting 2012

University of Manchester
16th–28th JULY 2012
under the presidency of Prof George Brooke

Printable Version of the programme
The venue for all sessions is Hulme Hall.
Publishers are invited to display books for sale during the Meeting.
Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.


[2.00 p.m. Committee Meeting]
4.30 p.m. Registration
6.00 p.m. Reception sponsored by the Journal of Semitic Studies and Oxford University Press
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Dr Kay Prag (Manchester), ‘David to Nehemiah: New Fragments from Kenyon’s Jerusalem’ (A joint lecture with the Manchester regional branch of the Anglo-Israel Archaeological Society)


8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Dr Diana Edelman (Sheffield), ‘Remembering David’
10.00 a.m. Dr David Shepherd (Chester), ‘“The Sword Shall Never Depart …”: Blood, Guilt and the House of David’
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Dr Dwight Swanson (Manchester), ‘“Editing the Bible” Revisited’
12.00 noon Dr Ann Jeffers (London) “The Politics of Selection: the Woodcuts from the Book of Judges in Luther’s Bible”
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.15 p.m. REF 2014: A brief presentation with Q & A session, led by Prof. George Brooke (Manchester)
3.00 p.m. ‘What publishers might be looking for in your next book’, a discussion led by representatives from Brill and Continuum
4.00 p.m. Tea
4.30 p.m. Prof. Reinhard Kratz (Göttingen), ‘The Two Houses of Israel: Some Observations on Isaiah 8:14’
6.00 p.m. Reception, sponsored by Brill
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Prof. Sara Japhet (Jerusalem), ‘The Term ger and the Concept of Religious Conversion in the Hebrew Bible’


8.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Dr Casey Strine (Oxford), ‘YHWH Is as YHWH Does: Monotheism and the Use of Foreign Leaders in Ezekiel’
10.00 a.m. Ms Gwen Knight (Rowton), ‘The geber engages in Begründung in Lamentations 3’
10.45 a.m. Coffee
11.15 a.m. Prof. Hugh Pyper (Sheffield), ‘From Zion to Olympus: Israel and Athletics’ (A paper in celebration of the 2012 Olympic Games)
12.00 noon Business Meeting (Members only)
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m. Trip to Manchester City Centre including a visit to the Genizah collection of the John Rylands University Library of Manchester, Deansgate, and concluding with tea by invitation of the President
5.30 p.m. Prof. Francesca Stavrakopoulou (Exeter), ‘Coping with Corpses: The Bible, the Body and the West’
6.45 p.m. Dinner
8.15 p.m. Prof. Hugh Williamson (Oxford), ‘The Vindication of Redaction Criticism’

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is Hulme Hall, Victoria Park Campus, Oxford Place, Manchester, M14 5RR. The telephone number for the Conference Office is 0161 275 0210. There are 10 parking spaces on site for those with particular needs, which must be pre-booked. There is some on street parking and a multi-storey car-park on Hathersage Road about 10 mins walk away (car left at owner’s risk). Please use public transport if you are able.

The charges for hospitality are shown on the enclosed Booking Form. There is an option of standard or en suite rooms but NO twin or double rooms. Members are requested to pay their accounts in full when returning the form but, if necessary, a non-returnable booking fee of £40 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting. A discounted price is available to those whose Booking Forms are received by 24th May 2012 (please see the details on the form). There is a subsidized price for those on low incomes or from economically disadvantaged countries. All bookings must be received by 21st June 2012; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings may be made by email as long as cheques follow by post. Please note that in making a booking, members render themselves liable for payment of the full cost of that booking, a liability that will be waived only in the light of extenuating circumstances and only when the final conference accounts permit a refund. You may wish to consider taking out insurance on your booking (or check that your annual travel insurance is applicable) to cover the possibility of you having to cancel your booking. You are advised to make a copy of your completed Booking Form for your own records.


Winter Meeting, 2nd – 4th January 2013, at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Summer Meeting, 22nd – 25th July 2013, at Bangor University, Bangor

Members wishing to read a paper or conduct a workshop or other session at a forthcoming Meeting should write to the Secretary, giving a title and brief summary of the proposed paper or session, by 30th November 2012 (for the Summer Meeting 2013) or by 30th June 2013 (for the Winter Meeting 2014). The Programme Sub-Committee will respond by 31st January 2013 or by 31st July 2013 respectively to all proposals received. For academic papers, offers of shorter presentations (25 minutes) are particularly welcome, but longer presentations (50 minutes) may also be proposed.

Correspondence concerning the affairs of the Society should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Hilary Marlow, Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, West Road, Cambridge CB3 9BS (tel. 01223 742025, e-mail Applications for a Conference Grant to assist in meeting the costs of attending the Meeting must reach the current Secretary by 9th May. Proposals for new members must reach her by 25th June. Application forms for grants and membership are available on the SOTS website,

Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Mrs Vivienne Rowett, The New Vicarage, Beck Hill, Barton-upon-Humber DN18 5EY (tel. 01652 632202, e-mail