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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 […]


Oxford Biblical Hebrew Summer School 2020  – ONLINE

This year’s Oxford Biblical Hebrew Summer School, which will take place online (via Zoom) from 1 to 11 September 2020 inclusive.  The school offers nine days of intensive teaching in biblical Hebrew.  Each weekday there will be three hours of teaching, delivered in two separate 90-minute sessions, between 10 am and […]


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 […]


Winter Meeting 2020

Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham 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. Newark Hall, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1AW (see here for a pdf with travel information), and the contact telephone number is […]


Categories and Boundaries in Second Temple Jewish Literature

Department of Theology & Religion, University of Birmingham  15th–16th July 2020  Keynote Speakers:  Dr Molly Zahn, University of Kansas  Dr Elisa Uusimäki, Aarhus University  Deadline for Abstracts: Saturday 28th March, 2020    We invite postgraduate students and early career researchers to submit proposals for twenty-minute papers broadly related to the […]


Martyrdom on the Margins

February 20, 2020 MBI Al Jaber Building, Corpus Christi College, Oxford   A conference sponsored by:The Centre for the Study of the Bible in the Humanities, Oriel College The Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research The Faculty of Oriental Studies   Organised by:Hindy Najman, Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation […]


Hermeneutic Interventions

Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd December 2019 Oriel College, University Oxford Organizers: Hindy Najman (Oriel); Daniel Weidner (ZFL); Adriana X. Jacobs (St. Cross); Yael Fisch (Oriel); Rebekah Van Sant-Clark (Oriel) Is a common reading possible across languages, cultures, and disciplines? Under what terms may texts be compared and shared while […]