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 (+44) 01158-466811.

6–8 January 2020

Under the presidency of Dr Walter Houston

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 6 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 
  • 6.30 pm Dinner 
  • 8.15 pm Presidential Address: Dr Walter Houston (Manchester), ‘What is “Work”? Reception and Theology the Sabbath Commandment in the Decalogue’

TUESDAY 7 January

  •  8.00 am Breakfast 
  • 9.15 am Prof. 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)?’ 
  • 10.00 am Dr Sarah Nicholson (Glasgow), ‘All Sex (Work) is Rape? Judges 19 and the Politics of Intercourse’
  • 10.45 am Coffee 
  • 11.15 am Dr Jonathan Stökl (London), ‘The Making of a Priest: Pre-conditions of the Priesthood in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern Texts’ 
  • 12 Dr Hilary Marlow (Cambridge), ‘”As I Looked”: Visionary Experiences and Conceptions of Place in the Book of Ezekiel’
  • 1.00 pm Lunch 
  • 2.30 pm  HB/OT Studies and Interdisciplinarity (Panellists: Prof Paul Joyce, Dr Rebecca Watson, Dr David Shepherd) 
  • 4.30 pm Tea
  • 5.00 pm Dr Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer (Aberdeen), ‘Jonah in 20th Century Literature’
  • 6.30 pm Dinner 
  • 8.15 pm Prof. Avraham Faust (Ramat Gan), ‘Is Israel to Judah as Ammon is to Moab? Shedding new light on the affinity between Israel and Judah’


  • 8.00 am Breakfast
  • 9.15 am Dr Joachim Eck (Eichstätt), ‘Divine Titles, Creation and Torah as Interacting Elements in Ps 19 (MT)’
  • 10.00 am Dr Marieke Dhont (Cambridge), ‘Jewish Poets, Greek Poetry: The Bible in Jewish-Greek Literary Traditions’
  • 10.45 am Coffee 
  • 11.15 am Dr Iona Hine (Sheffield), ‘Bible Translator as Theologian: The Praxis of Miles Coverdale (1488-1569)”
  • 12 Business Meeting (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 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 11 November. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website.  

All bookings must be received by Wednesday 4 December 2019; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to with payment made via purchase on the SOTS website shop, by electronic bank transfer, or by a posted cheque (see Booking Form). Card payment is no longer possible. 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 4 December, 2019. Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington, 118 Balland Fields, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JU (