Summer Meeting 2016

Hulme Hall, University of Manchester

confidential material (minutes of the previous business meeting as well as proposals for membership) can be found here (log-in required).

Hulme Hall, Manchester, M14 5RR (see here for a googlemaps link; and here for a pdf with a description of how to get to Hulme hall).

25-28 July 2016

Under the presidency of Dr Adrian Curtis

Printable version of the SOTS programme.
Booking form for the Summer Meeting (pdf / doc )

Publishers are invited to display books for sale during the Meeting.

Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.

MONDAY 25 July

  • [2.00 pm Committee Meeting]
  • 4.30 pm Registration
  • 6.00 pm Reception, sponsored by the Centre for Biblical Studies, University of Manchester
  • 6.45 pm Dinner
  • 8.15 pm Yvonne Sherwood (Kent), “If only Joshua had had a theodolite: ancient texts, modern states, and the problem of the land”


  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Alan Millard (Liverpool), “Floating around in Ancient Arks”
  • 10.00 am Andrew Macintosh (Cambridge), “The meaning of Hebrew תשוקה”
  • 10.45 am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.15 am Pekka Pitkänen (Cheltenham), “The Structures of Numbers”
  • 12.00 noon Kathy White (Manchester), “A ‘Stanislavskian’ approach to reading Jeremiah 8:23 [ET 9:1]”
  • 13.00 pm Lunch
  • 2.15 pm “SOTS panel discussion: ‘What should the relationship be between biblical scholarship and faith communities in the 21st century?'”
  • 4.00 pm Tea and Coffee
  • 4.30 pm Cynthia Crewe (Manchester), “Plant Motifs on Jewish Ossuaries and Sarcophagi in Palestine in the Late Second Temple Period”
  • 6.00 pm Reception, sponsored by Journal of Semitic Studies, University of Manchester
  • 6.45 pm Dinner
  • 8.15 pm Reinhard Kratz (Göttingen), “Creating National Identity: The Promises to the Patriarchs”


  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am William Tooman (St Andrews), “The Evolution and Redeployment of Intermarriage Law in the Hebrew Bible”
  • 10.00 am Mervyn Richardson (Leiden), “per ardua ad ***: managing conjectural emendations in MT lexicographically”
  • 10.45 am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.15 am George Brooke (Manchester), “Manchester and the Dead Sea Scrolls”
  • 12.00 noon Business Meeting (SOTS Members only)
  • 1.00 pm Lunch
  • 1.45 pm Outing to Jodrell Bank and President’s Tea (booking required; spaces limited)
  • 6.45 pm Dinner
  • 8.15 pm Hindy Najman (Oxford), “Lamentations and biblical traditions of recollection, recovery and radical hope”


  • 8.00 am Breakfast and depart

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is Hulme Hall, Victoria Park Campus, Oxford Place, Manchester, M14 5RR. The telephone number for the Conference Office is (+44) (0)1612 750210. There is a very limited number of parking spaces on site for those with particular needs, which cannot be reserved in advance, so if you are able to, please use the on-street parking or the multi-storey car-park on Hathersage Road about 10 mins walk away. Public transport is also recommended. Please refer to the enclosed maps and travel information for directions to Hulme Hall and possible parking locations.

The charges for hospitality are shown on the enclosed Booking Form. There is an option of standard or en-suite rooms but NO twin or double rooms. Members are requested to pay their accounts in full when returning the form but, if necessary, a non-returnable booking fee of £40 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting. A discounted price is available to those whose bookings are received by Thursday 19th May 2016 (please see the details on the form). There is a subsidised price for those on low incomes or from economically disadvantaged countries. All bookings must be received by Thursday 23rd June 2016; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to with cheques to follow by post, or payment by bank transfer. 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.