Summer Meeting 2024


The Society for Old Testament Study in its 107th year is delighted to host its 99th Summer Meeting:

Mansfield College, Oxford

2nd-5th September 2024

Under the presidency of Dr John Jarick

You can book your place at the conference here

Travel information for Mansfield College is available here

 

MONDAY 2nd September

2.00pm Committee Meeting in the Old Hall
4.30 pm Registration in the foyer of the main building
6.00 pm Reception at the Crypt Bar & Terrace (sponsored by the Oxford Faculty of Theology & Religion)
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Presidential Paper: John Jarick (Oxford), ‘Echoes of the Planetary Gods in the Primary Judean Creation Myth’
9.30 pm Bar open at the Crypt Bar & Terrace

TUESDAY 3rd September

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Hindy Najman (Oxford), ‘Aesthetics and Hermeneutics: Rethinking Biblical Poetry in the Hellenistic Period’
10.00 am Samuel Hildebrandt (Manchester), ‘The Myths of Maths: A Reception History of the Numbers in Numbers 1’
10.45 am Coffee
11.15 am Arjen Bakker (Cambridge), ‘Visions for a Future Time: Ongoing Prophecy in Daniel and the Dead Sea Scrolls’
12 noon Katie Woolstenhulme (Cheltenham), ‘The Matriarchs in Genesis Rabbah
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm  Free time
4.00 pm Tea
4.30 pm Preview of Understanding the Hebrew Bible: Essays by Members of SOTS: John Barton (Oxford) and contributors
6.00 pm Reception at the Crypt Bar & Terrace (sponsored by the Oriel Centre for the Study of the Bible)
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm Yvonne Sherwood (Oslo), tba
9.30 pm Bar open at the Crypt Bar & Terrace

WEDNESDAY 4th September

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am Melissa A. Jackson (Richmond, VA), ‘Closing the Distance: Comedy, Feminist Critique, and the Hebrew Bible’
10.00 am Ryan Comins (Cambridge), ‘Interpretation of Ecclesiastes in the Early Roman Period’
10.45 am Coffee
11.15 am Deborah Rooke (Oxford), ‘The Nephilim of Regent’s Park: Old Testament Scholars H. Wheeler Robinson and G. Henton Davies’
12 noon Prolegomenon to the afternoon outing to the Pitt Rivers Museum
1.00 pm Lunch
2.00 pm Tours of the Pitt Rivers Museum at staged intervals, with surrounding free time in the Museum of Natural History
4.00 pm Presidential Tea in the dining hall and quadrangle of Regent’s Park College
7.00 pm Dinner
8.15 pm David E.S. Stein (Santa Monica, CA), ‘Some Challenges in Preparing a Gender-Sensitive Translation of the Tanakh
9.30 pm Bar open at the Crypt Bar & Terrace

THURSDAY 5th September

8.00 am Breakfast
9.15 am  David Shepherd (Dublin), ‘Blood Brothers: Abimelech and the Curse of Kingship’
10.00 am Rosalie Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh (Cork), ‘Genesis 38:27-30 — A Davidic Coda?’
10.45 am Coffee
11.15 am George Nicol (Burntisland), ‘Spoiling David: (Thinking about) God’s Spoiled Stepson’
12 noon Business Meeting: SOTS members only
1.00 pm  Lunch, followed by Departure