Winter Meeting 2021

The Winter Meeting 2021
Confidential material (minutes of the previous business meeting as well as proposals for membership) will be posted on the members’ area.Under the presidency of Prof. Hugh Pyper

Printable version of the Programme.
Booking form (pdf/docx)
Delegates’ Information leaflet [log-in required]

Publishers are invited to contribute to a virtual book display.

TUESDAY 5 January

  • 2.00 pm Committee Meeting
  • 7.15 pm Hugh Pyper — ‘Old Testament Studies after Covid-19? Precedents for Dealing with the Unprecedented’


  • 9.15 am Megan Warner –‘Are You Indeed to Reign Over Us? Politics in Genesis 37-50’
  • 9.50 am Short Comfort Break
  • 10.00 am Mark Awabdy – ‘Is Leviticus Ironic? Exploring Narratival and Priestly Ironies in the Centre of the Torah’
  • 10.35 am Coffee Break
  • 11.15 am James Patrick – ‘Target Practice with David’s Bronze Bow: Reading 2 Sam 1:17-27 Concentrically’
  • 11.50 am Short Comfort Break
  • 12 noon Douglas Earl – ‘Divine and Human Violence in the Historical Books’
  • 12.30 pm Lunch and Afternoon Break
  • 4.30 pm Kyong-Jin Lee – ‘Human Nature and Politics: A Modern Political-Theoretical Reading of Esther’
  • 5.05 pm Short Comfort Break
  • 5.15 pm Carol Newsom – ‘Theory of Mind in Israelite Narrative and Its Implications for a History of the Self’
  • 6.00 pm Dinner Break
  • 7.15 pm Magnar Kartveit – ‘The Significance of the Pre-Samaritan texts and the Mt Gerizim Finds for Biblical Studies’

THURSDAY 7 January

  • 9.15 am Olga Fabrikant-Burke – ‘The Scribal Invention of False Prophecy of Salvation in the Book of Jeremiah’
  • 9.50 am Short Comfort Break
  • 10.00 am Philip Alexander – ‘Recent Trends in the Study of the Aramaic Targumim’
  • 10.35 am Coffee Break
  • 11.15 am Rebekah Welton – ‘“Know Well the Faces of your Sheep”: Animals in Ancient Israelite Households’
  • 11.50 am Business Meeting (Members only)
  • 1.00 pm End of Meeting

Domestic Arrangements

There is a subsidised 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 ( by 11 November. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website.

All bookings must be received by Wednesday 8 December 2019; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to with payment made via purchase on the SOTS website shop, by electronic bank transfer, or by a posted cheque (see Booking Form). Card payment is no longer possible. 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.

General correspondence concerning the affairs of the Society should be sent to the Secretary, Dr David Shepherd, School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (email: Proposals for new members must reach him by 4 December, 2019. Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington, 118 Balland Fields, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JU (