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Information on REF2021

SOTS members for whom the REF2021 research audit is relevant are encouraged to consult the information on the REF website (https://www.ref.ac.uk/guidance). Where there seems any uncertainty about their individual circumstances, they should raise such questions with the appropriate officers in their home institutions.


Statement about the case of Jan Joosten

As the Committee of the Society for Old Testament Study, we wish to express our shock and sorrow that Professor Jan Joosten, a leading Old Testament scholar and, until recently, a member of the Society, has been convicted of the possession of images of the sexual abuse of children, and […]


A New Deal for Higher Education

To:The Secretary of State for EducationRT Hon Gavin Williamson CBE Minister of State for UniversitiesHon Michelle Donelan                                                               Minister for Education in Wales,Kirsty Williams MS Minister for Higher Education and Science in Scotland,Richard Lochhead MSP            Minister for the Department of Education of Northern Ireland,Peter Weir MLA Minister for Science, Research and […]


Statement on George Floyd and Use of Bible

Statement on behalf of the Society for Old Testament Study As human beings we are horrified at the racist killing of George Floyd by a white policeman. George Floyd was a member of an ethnic group subject to centuries of slavery, subordination and oppression and still regarded as inferior by […]


Meetings 2019

Previous Year Next Year Winter Meeting 2019 (abstracts posted when available) Susan Gillingham (Oxford) “Bifocal reading: Textual Analysis and a Critical Imagination in Biblical Studies” John Goldingay (Oxford), “On Reading Genesis 49”  Siobhán Dowling-Long (Cork), “An Exploration of Biblical Pathos Through Music”  Ekaterina Kozlova (London), “Acedic Kingship in ANE: Gilgamesh and David as Paradigmatic Kings […]


Summer Meeting 2019

Worcester College, Oxford confidential material (minutes of the previous business meeting as well as proposals for membership) will be posted here (log-in required) once they are ready. Worcester College, Oxford, OX1 2HB (see here for a pdf with travel information), and the contact telephone number is (+44) 01865-278300. 22–25 July 2019 Under […]


TRS-UK response to British Academy report on ‘Theology and Religious Studies Provisions’ in UK Higher Education’

TRS-UK recently posted the following on their website: TRS-UK  (the umbrella organisation for all UK Departments of Theology & Religious Studies and the relevant subject associations) is very grateful for the recent British Academy report on ‘Theology and Religious Studies Provision in UK Higher Education’, despite its sobering statistics.  The study of religion(s) and […]


Winter Meeting 2019

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge confidential material (minutes of the previous business meeting as well as proposals for membership) will be posted here (log-in required) once they are ready. Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG (see here for a pdf with travel information), the telephone number for the Porters’ Lodge is 01223 332000.  7–9 January 2019 Under […]


Meetings 2018

Previous Year Next Year Winter Meeting 2018 (abstracts) Walter Moberly (Durham), ‘Thinking about God: A Reading of Psalm 82’ Rebecca Watson (Cambridge), ‘”Thrown into the Sea”: An Ecologically Damaging Concept in the Hebrew Bible?’ Philip Jenson (Cambridge), ‘Is there a Holiness Code and does it matter?’ William Ford (Belfast), ‘”Like the […]