Winter Meeting 2018

University of Nottingham (Jubilee Campus)

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).

2–4 January 2018

Under the presidency of Prof. Walter Moberly

Printable version of the Programme.
Booking form (pdf/docx)

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

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

TUESDAY 2 January

  • [2.00 pm Committee Meeting]
  • 4.30 pm Registration
  • 6.00 pm Reception, sponsored by the Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology, University of Nottingham
  • 6.45 pm Dinner
  • 8.15 pm Presidential Address: Walter Moberly (Durham), ‘Thinking about God: A Reading of Psalm 82’


  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Rebecca Watson (Cambridge), ‘”Thrown into the Sea”: An Ecologically Damaging Concept in the Hebrew Bible?’
  • 10.00 am Philip Jenson (Cambridge), ‘Is there a Holiness Code and does it matter?’
  • 10.45 am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.15 am William Ford (Belfast), ‘”Like the Nations?”” The Challenge of the Canaanites in Exodus-Deuteronomy
  • 12.00 noon Penelope Barter (Tilburg), ‘Inquiring of Yhwh in the Book of Ezekiel’
  • 13.00 pm Lunch
  • 1.45 pm Coach departs for outing to the National Holocaust Centre
  • 5.30 pm Doug Ingram (Nottingham), ‘What is Good in Ecclesiastes?’
  • 6.45 pm Dinner
  • 8.15 pm Graham Davies (Cambridge), ‘Sources and Redaction in Exodus 1–18: A Partly New Synthesis’

THURSDAY 4 January

  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Meir Lubetski (New York), ‘A Careless Scribe or Learned Scribe in Chronicles 8:34?’
  • 10.00 Alison Salvesen (Oxford), ‘”They did not settle in the land of the Lord: Ephraim settled in Egypt” (Hos 9:3): Returning to Egypt in Greek scripture and other Hellenistic Jewish works’
  • 10.45 am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.15 am Thomas Renz (Barnet), ‘Luther’s Lectures on Habakkuk as an Example of Participatory Exegesis’
  • 12.00 noon Business Meeting (SOTS Members only)
  • 1.00 pm Lunch (followed by departure)

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is Newark Hall, University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham, NG8 1AW; the telephone number for Newark Hall is 01158-466811. Please refer to the enclosed map for information on how to get to Newark Hall. There is plenty of parking at or near Newark Hall but we would recommend public transport where possible. The charges for hospitality are shown on the enclosed Booking Form. Members are requested to pay their accounts in full when returning the form but, if necessary, a non-returnable booking fee of £30 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting.

There is a subsidized 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 7th November. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website.

All bookings must be received by Tuesday 5th December 2017; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to with cheques to follow by post or payment made by electronic bank transfer (see booking form). 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 Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, Trinity College Dublin, 33 College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland ( Proposals for new members must reach him by 5th December, 2017. Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington, 118 Balland Fields, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JU (