Summer Meeting 2014 1

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 information and directions to St. Hilda’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.


[2.00 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”


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”


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”

8.00 a.m. Breakfast

On July 24th a special day conference took place in honour of John Day at the Simpkins Lee Lecture Theatre, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford


8.00 am   Breakfast  [for SOTS delegates only, at St Hilda’s College]
9.30 am    Introduction – Dr Stuart Weeks
9.45 am    Professor John Barton (Oxford), “Rational Obedience to God in the Old Testament”
10.30 am    Coffee / Tea
11.00 am    Dr Adam Carlill (Reading), “Snakes and Ladders: Step changes in Isaiah’s saraph oracles”
11.45 am    Dr Stuart Weeks (Durham), “Human and Divine, in Genesis and the Wisdom Literature”
12.45 am    Lunch
2.00 pm    Professor Hugh Williamson (Oxford), “Who Spent the Night at Geba? The who, what, when, and where of Isaiah 10:27–32”
2.45 pm    Dr Molly Zahn (University of Kansas), “Scribal Exegesis in the Second Temple Period: Not just for biblical texts!”
3.30 pm    Coffee / Tea
4.00 pm    Professor Graham Davies (Cambridge), “The Passover as the New Year Festival in P”
4.45 pm    Conclusion – Professor John Barton, followed by departure


Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford, OX4 1DY and the telephone number for the Conference Office is 01865 276888. Please refer to the enclosed map for information on how to get to the College and possible parking locations. There are only 5 parking places available on site and they will be allocated to those most in need. Please indicate on the booking form if you would like to be considered for one of these. Please use public transport if you are able.

The charges for hospitality are shown on the enclosed Booking Form. Members are requested to pay their accounts in full when returning the form but, if necessary, a non-returnable booking fee of £30 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting. A discounted price is available to those whose bookings are received by Thursday 29th May 2014 (please see the details on the form). There is a subsidised price for those on low incomes or from economically disadvantaged countries. All bookings must be received by Thursday 26th June 2014; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to with cheques to 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.

Members wishing to attend the Meeting should send the enclosed Booking Form to the Hospitality Secretary, Mr James Patrick, Mansfield College, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TF (email: so as to arrive by 29th May 2014 (for the discount price) or at the latest by 26th June 2014.

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 741281, email Applications for a Conference Grant to assist in meeting the costs of attending the Meeting must reach the Secretary by 29th May. Proposals for new members must reach her by 26th 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, 3 Newhouse Close, Wardle, Rochdale, Lancs OL12 9LW (e-mail

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