T&T Clark were happily present at the SOTS summer meeting earlier this week in sunny St Hilda's College in Oxford. The summer meeting of the Society of Old Testament Studies kicked off to a very strong start with Professor John J. Collins across from Yale delivering the opening lecture “Torah and Jewish Identity in the Second Temple Period.” Some thought-provoking questions were posed about the clarification of terms regarding how groups are used to form identity, and taking an instrumentalist approach (and the myriad issues with that term alone). The lecture itself was lively and entertainingly delivered.
Tuesday dawned with brilliant sunshine, and some very healthy interest in some of the new releases featured on the T&T Clark stand, not least The Ammonites by Craig Tyson, (pictured below) newly released into our LHBOTs series, and 'I Lifted My Eyes and Saw', a forthcoming LHBOTs release this month, about which will be written later. The two morning lectures were on the topic of rain which, in the brilliant sunshine, felt only mildly incongruous. Professor John Day's introductions to the speakers were appreciated by all, as he revealed that Dr Helen Jacobus used to write screen plays and even had a West End agent!
Unfortunately, this was where my report has to cease, as the return to London called. Suffice it to say it was a great conference, with interesting speakers and attendees, and a good showing of our books!