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Winter Meeting 2021

Online 5-7 January 2021 Under the presidency of Prof Hugh Pyper TUESDAY 5 January 2.00 pm Committee Meeting 7.15 pm Presidential Address: Prof Hugh Paper, ‘Old Testament Studies after Covid-19? Precedents for Dealing with the Unprecedented’  TUESDAY 7 January 9.15 am Megan Warner, ‘Are You Indeed to Reign Over Us? Politics in Genesis 37-50’  […]

Meetings 2020

Previous Year Next Year Winter Meeting 2020  Walter Houston (Manchester), ‘What is “Work”? Reception and Theology the Sabbath Commandment in the Decalogue’ John Day (Oxford), ‘What Does it Mean that Humanity is Made in the Image and Likeness of God (Gen 1:26-27; 5:1; 9:6)?’  Sarah Nicholson (Glasgow), ‘All Sex (Work) […]

Information on REF2021

SOTS members for whom the REF2021 research audit is relevant are encouraged to consult the information on the REF website ( 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 […]

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  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 of ‘Unfocused Energy’”  […]