Summer Meeting 2015

Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh

20th-23rd July 2015

Under the presidency of Professor Hans Barstad

Here are some pictures of the well-deserved Festschrift for Hans presented to him at the Summer meeting.

Printable Version of the SOTS/OTW Programme.
Booking form for the Summer Meeting (word / pdf)

The venue for all sessions is South Hall on the Pollock Halls campus (please see here for a description).

Publishers are invited to display books for sale during the Meeting.

Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.

MONDAY 20th July

  • (2.00 p.m.) [Committee Meeting]
  • 4.30 p.m. Registration
  • 6.00 p.m. Reception, sponsored by the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
  • 6.45 p.m. Dinner
  • 8.15 p.m. Koert van Bekkum (Kampen), “Geography in Numbers 33-34 and Recent Pentateuchal Theory”

TUESDAY 21st July

  • 8.00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9.15 a.m. William Johnstone (Aberdeen), “The Influence of the Decalogue on the Shape of Exodus”
  • 10.00 a.m. Pieter van der Lugt (Dokkum), “The People of Israel as a Worshipping Community and the Design of the Song of the Sea (Ex. 15:1-18)”
  • 10.45 a.m. Coffee
  • 11.15 a.m. Anselm Hagedorn (Berlin), “The Biblical Laws of Asylum between Mediterraneanism and Postcolonial Critique”
  • 12.00 noon Bob Becking (Utrecht), “Covenant, Agreement and Law: the Social Code underlying the Book of Nehemiah”
  • 13.00 p.m. Lunch
  • 2.30 p.m. Jacques van Ruiten (Groningen), “Interpreting Torah: Strategies for Producing, Circulating, and Validating Authoritative Scriptures in Early Judaism”
  • 3.15 p.m. Willem Smelik (London), “The Rabbinic Use of Languages”
  • 4.00 p.m. Tea
  • 4.30 p.m. Hedy Hung (Aberdeen), “The Kingship Motif in Isaiah 61:1-3”
  • 6.00 p.m. Reception, sponsored by Brill
  • 6.45 p.m. Dinner
  • 8.15 p.m. Samuel Balentine (Richmond) “’I am God and not a Human Being’, The Divine Dilemma in Hosea”


  • 8.00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9.15 a.m. Klaas Spronk (Amsterdam), “Teamwork in the Study of the Old Testament: 75 Years of Oudtestamentisch Werkgezelschap and 15 Joint Meetings”
  • 10.00 a.m. Jaap Dekker (Apeldoorn) “The Concept of Torah in the Book of Isaiah”
  • 10.45 a.m. Coffee
  • 11.15 a.m. Graeme Auld (Edinburgh) “Did the Assyrian Envoy Know the Venite?”
  • 12.00 noon Business Meeting (Members only)
  • 1.00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1.45 p.m. Visit to Edinburgh Castle (for 2.30 p.m.) followed by optional tour of New College
  • 4.00 p.m. President’s Tea, New Club, 86 Princes Street (near New College)
  • 5.30 p.m. Michaël van der Meer (Amsterdam), “The Greek Translation of the Pentateuch in the Light of Contemporary Hellenistic Philosophy”
  • 6.45 p.m. Dinner
  • 8.15 p.m. Deborah Rooke (Oxford), “Leviticus from a Gendered Perspective”

Thursday 23rd July

  • 8.00 a.m. Breakfast and departure

The schedule is also available on Google calendar:

It can be imported into various calendar apps and programmes using the following link:

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is Pollock Halls, 18 Holyrood Park Road, Edinburgh EH16 5AY, and the telephone number for the Edinburgh First Conference Office is (+44) (0131) 6512007. Please refer to the enclosed map for information on how to get to the University and possible parking locations. Parking is somewhat limited and available on a first come first served basis. 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 21st May 2015 (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 18th June 2015; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can also 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 ( so as to arrive by 21st May 2015 (for the discount price) or at the latest by 18th June 2015.