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 the presidency of Prof. Susan Gillingham

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.

MONDAY 7 January

  • 2.00 pm Committee Meeting
  • 4.30 pm Registration 
  • 6.00 pm Reception sponsored by the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge 
  • 6.30 pm Dinner 
  • 8.15 pm Presidential Address: Prof. Susan Gillingham (Oxford) “Bifocal reading: Textual Analysis and a Critical Imagination in Biblical Studies”

TUESDAY 8 January

  •  8.00 am Breakfast 
  • 9.15 am Prof. John Goldingay (Oxford), “On Reading Genesis 49” 
  • 10.00 am Dr Siobhán Dowling-Long (Cork), “An Exploration of Biblical Pathos Through Music” 
  • 10.45 am Coffee 
  • 11.15 am Dr Ekaterina Kozlova (London), “Acedic Kingship in ANE: Gilgamesh and David as Paradigmatic Kings of ‘Unfocused Energy’” 
  • 12 noon Dr Katharine Dell (Cambridge), “‘The Lord loved Him’ (2 Sam 12:24): Solomon as idealized character and paradigm for character ethics within the ‘Solomonic’ canon” 
  • 1.00 pm Lunch 
  • 4.30 pm Tea 
  • 5.00 pm Dr Holly Morse (Manchester), “Seeing Sense: Prophetic Visuality as a Response to Trauma” 
  • 6.00 pm Reception 
  • 6.30 pm Dinner 
  • 8.15 pm Dr John Jarick (Oxford), “God as Gambler”


  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Prof Joseph Blenkinsopp (South Bend), “Re-Reading Isaiah in the Light of Psalms”
  • 10.00 am Dr James Aitken (Cambridge), “The Idea of the Septuagint” 
  • 10.45 am Coffee 
  • 11.15 am Dr Alastair Hunter (Glasgow), “Transports of Delight: Adventures in Psalms Translation” 
  • 12 noon Business Meeting (Members only) 
  • 1.00 pm Lunch, followed by departure 

Domestic Arrangements

The venue for the Meeting is Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge CB3 0DG; the telephone number for the Porters’ Lodge is 01223 332000. Please refer to the enclosed map for information on how to get to Fitzwilliam. There is plenty of parking at or near Fitzwilliam 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 £35 will be accepted and the balance will be payable on arrival at the Meeting. 

There is a subsidised 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 15th November. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website. 

All bookings for the meeting must be received by Friday 7th December 2018; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by emailing the Booking Form to, with payment made through the online shop, or by electronic bank transfer, or by posted cheque, with or without a paper 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 Religion, Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (email: Proposals for new members must reach him by 7th December, 2018. Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington, 118 Balland Fields, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JU (