As president of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament (IOSOT), I am very pleased to invite you to the 21st congress of our organization, which will take place at Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, 4-9 August 2013.
Since IOSOT’s founding in 1950 in Leiden, an international Old Testament conference has been held every three years at some of the leading European universities: Copenhagen 1953; Strasbourg 1956; Oxford 1959; Bonn 1962; Geneva 1965; Rome 1968; Uppsala 1971; Edinburgh 1974; Göttingen 1977; Vienna 1980; Salamanca 1983; Jerusalem 1986; Leuven 1989; Paris 1992; Cambridge 1995; Oslo 1998; Basel 2001; Leiden 2004; Ljubljana 2007; Helsinki 2010.
In 2013, the congress will be held for the third time in Germany, after Bonn in 1962 with Martin Noth as president and Göttingen in 1977 with Walther Zimmerli.
As usual, the congresses of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS, expected to take place 1-4 August), of the International Organization for Masoretic Studies (IOMS), of the International Organization for Qumran Studies (IOQS), and of the International Organization for Targumic Studies (IOTS) will be joined with the IOSOT congress. During the congress, leading publishers in our field will exhibit their books.
The date of the congress has been chosen to coordinate with the international meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature, which will take place 7-11 July 2013 in St. Andrews, Scotland, and with the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem from 28 July to 1 August 2013.
The congress will include 15 main lectures, given by renowned colleagues from all over the world who have not spoken previously at an IOSOT conference. The afternoons will be reserved for short presentations, for which presenters can register on our website. Papers can be offered in the three congress languages: English, German, and French. In addition, there will be workshops on the current work of scholarly editions of the Hebrew Bible (Hebrew University Bible Project, Biblia Hebraica Quinta, Oxford Hebrew Bible Project) and on the debate about aniconic worship. An evening lecture will be dedicated to the Archaeology of the Holy Land. Receptions will be held on other evenings, which will offer opportunities to meet and exchange ideas. The traditional excursion will be a boat trip on Lake Starnberg, taking in one the most beautiful landscapes of Upper Bavaria. Additionally, in Munich, a special exhibit related to Old Testament themes in ancient paintings will be held in the Alte Pinakothek. The Bavarian State Library will exhibit important manuscripts from the field of the Hebrew Bible. Also of great interest to the congress participants, the Bavarian Egyptian Museum will present its 2013 collection in its new environs.