Summer Meeting 2017


King’s College London (Waterloo Campus, Franklin-Wilkins Building)

confidential material (minutes of the previous business meeting as well as proposals for membership) can be found here (log-in required).

Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford St, SE1 9NH (see here for a pdf with travel information).

17—20 July 2017

Under the presidency of Prof. Paul Joyce

Printable version of the Programme.
Booking form for the Summer Meeting (pdf)

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 17 July

  • [2.00 pm Committee Meeting]
  • 4.30 pm Registration (Franklin-Wilkins Building, Waterloo)
  • 6.00 pm Reception, sponsored by the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, King’s College London (Strand: King’s Building)
  • 6.45 pm Dinner (Strand: Great Hall)
  • 8.15 pm Benjamin Sommer (New York), “The Priestly Literature as Proto-Kabbalah. Or, How Distinct Should Biblical Studies Be within Religious Studies?” (Strand: Safra Lecture Theatre)

TUESDAY 18 July

  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Casey Strine (Sheffield), “Sister Save Us: The Matriarchs as Breadwinners and Their Threat to Patriarchy in the Ancestral Narrative”
  • 10.00 am David Clines (Sheffield), “Alleged Female Language about the Deity in the Hebrew Bible”
  • 10.45 am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.15 am Jan Joosten (Oxford), “Etiologies of Monotheism and their Significance in the Hebrew Bible”
  • 12.00 noon Francesca Stavrakopoulou (Exeter), “The Troublesome Corpse”
  • 13.00 pm Lunch
  • 2.30 pm Frances Reynolds (Oxford), “Cuneiform Scholars in Hellenistic Babylon”
  • 3.15 pm Jennifer Dines (Cambridge), “The Motif of Flight in Septuagint Amos”
  • 4.00 pm Tea and Coffee
  • 4.30 pm Martin Goodman (Oxford), “Bible Interpretation in the First Century CE: the Significance of Philo, De Migratione Abrahami 89-93”
  • 6.00 pm Reception, sponsored by Bloomsbury Press
  • 6.30 pm Dinner
  • 8.15 pm “The David Fragments – After Bertolt Brecht” (David Shepherd and Nicholas Johnston, Dublin) (Guy’s Campus: Greenwood Theatre)

WEDNESDAY 19 July

  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Joan Taylor (London), Dennis Mizzi (Malta) and Marcello Fidanzio (Lugano), “Qumran Caves Dispersed Artefacts and Archives Project”
  • 10.00 am Jessica Keady (Helsinki), “Masculinities and the Men of the Qumran Communities: Re-Evaluating the Ideals of Purification, Power and Performance in the Dead Sea Scrolls”
  • 10.45 am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.15 am Andrew Mein (Cambridge), “The Imprecatory Psalms at War”
  • 12.00 noon Business Meeting (SOTS Members only)
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 1.45 pm Outing to the National Gallery (Ben Quash and Jennifer Sliwka, London)
  • 4.00 pm President’s Tea (National Gallery)
  • 5.30 pm The Jordanian Lead Books – Panel discussion (James Aitken [Cambridge], Margaret Barker [Borrowash],  Bernhard Lang [Paderborn], and Alan Millard [Liverpool])
  • 6.15 pm Reception
  • 6.45 pm dinner
  • 8.15 pm John Barton (Oxford), “Some Thoughts on Biblical Translation”

THURSDAY 20 July

  • 8.00 am Breakfast, followed by departure

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is the Franklin Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9NH (accommodation opposite), and the contact telephone number is (+44) 02078 365454. Please refer to the enclosed maps for information on how to get to the Waterloo Campus. There are two public car parks relatively nearby, but otherwise only drop off and pick up behind the venue. Driving in London is typically fraught and the venue is within the Congestion Charge zone, so please use public transport if at all possible. 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 £35 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting.

There is a subsidized price for those on low incomes or from economically disadvantaged countries. Applications for a further conference grant to assist in meeting the costs of attending the Meeting must reach the Secretary, Dr David Shepherd (shepherd@tcd.ie) by 8th November. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website, http://sots1917.org/.

The charges for hospitality are shown on the 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 £35 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 2 May 2017 (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 Tuesday 13 June 2017; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to sotshospitality@gmail.com with cheques to follow by post, or payment by bank transfer. 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.