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The Fifth St Andrews Scripture and Theology Conference: The Book of Jeremiah

From 6-9 July 2015, biblical scholars and theologians from around the world will gather in St Andrews, Scotland, to consider the Book of Jeremiah, using this ancient text to bring exegesis and theology into conversation. Keynote speakers include Hugh G. M. Williamson (Christ Church, University of Oxford), Bruce Gordon (Yale), Walter Moberly (Durham), N. T. Wright (St Andrews), Steven Chapman (Duke) and Yair Zakovitch (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem). More information, including links to online registration, is available on the conference website:

We are pleased to announce that the call for papers and online registration are now open! Please submit paper proposals of no more than 500 words (not including paper titles) on any biblical and/or theological aspect of the Book of Jeremiah to Penelope Barter at Proposals are due by midnight UTC/GMT on Friday 27 February 2015 for consideration in early March. You can also find us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at (@2015Jeremiah).

The Grinfield lectures on the Septuagint 2014-15, University of Oxford

NICHOLAS DE LANGE, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Cambridge
‘Japheth in the Tents of Shem: Greek Bible translations in Medieval Judaism’

(Second series) Hilary Term 2015

Details to follow.

New resource: Biblindex

The BIBLINDEX project is carried out by the "Institut des Sources Chretiennes". The first stage of the project is completed. An index of approximately 400,000 biblical quotations and references from Greek and Latin patristic texts of the first five centuries is now available online. To search references in Biblindex, you can open a user account on the site : and follow directions for use.

New Journal: SAPIENTIA LOGOS: A Journal of Biblical Research & Interpretation in Africa

A new biblical journal, SAPIENTIA LOGOS: A Journal of Biblical Research & Interpretation in Africa, announces a special theme for October 2009 and 2010. The chosen theme is: Ethnicity and Identity in Biblical Perspective. It is a topic on which the editorial board think members of SOTS would wish to contribute. Members are invited to submit their research work and publications. The General Editor, Dr Randee I-Morphe, can be contacted at The editorial board consists of: Diana Edelman, David Ekem, Paul Ellingworth, Craig Evans, Theodore Hiebert, Andrew Igenoza, Jeremy Punt, Kenton Sparks, and Cephas Tushima.

Temple Studies Group

A Temple Studies Group has been established, in the first instance to convene one-day symposia on Temple themes. The first symposium was held at St Stephen’s House, Oxford, on November 8th 2008, on the theme 'Melchizedek in Scripture, Tradition and Liturgy', with presentations by Robert Hayward, Laurence Hemming, Crispin Fletcher-Louis and Margaret Barker.

Topics in the immediate future are likely to be 'Temple and Music' and 'The Temple and the Holy Sepulchre'. Some symposia will be in the Temple Church in London. Further information is available from the Convener, Dr Margaret Barker (

SOTS on Facebook!

Jim West has kindly established a SOTS group on Facebook, to bring together SOTS members and others interested in Old Testament. If you have a profile on Facebook, do join. Find us in Facebook.

Regular Conferences

British Association for Jewish Studies

IOSOT Helsinki

The SBL Conferences

The SBL international meetings

European Association of Biblical Studies

Tyndale Fellowship Study Groups

The Anglo-Israel Archaeologial Society puts on a program of public presentations.


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