Winter Meeting 2021

Winter Meeting 2021, Online

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.

5–7 January 2021

Under the presidency of Prof Hugh Pyper

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

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

TUESDAY 5 January

  • 2.00pm Committee Meeting
  • 7.15pm Presidential Address: Prof Hugh Pyper (Sheffield), ‘Old Testament Studies after Covid-19? Precedents for Dealing with the Unprecedented’


  • 9.15am Megan Warner – ‘Are You Indeed to Reign Over Us? Politics in Genesis 37-50’
  • 9.50am Short Comfort Break
  • 10.00am Mark Awabdy – Is Leviticus Ironic? Exploring Narratival and Priestly Ironies in the Centre of the Torah’
  • 10.35am Coffee Break
  • 11.15am James Patrick – ‘Target Practice with David’s Bronze Bow: Reading 2 Sam 1:17-27 Concentrically’
  • 11.50am Short Comfort Break
  • 12.00pm Douglas Earl – ‘Divine and Human Violence in the Historical Books
  • 12.30pm Lunch and Afternoon Break
  • 4.30pm Kyong-Jin Lee – ‘Human Nature and Politics: A Modern Political-Theoretical Reading of Esther’
  • 5.05pm Short Comfort Break
  • 5.15pm Carol Newsom – ‘Theory of Mind in Israelite Narrative and Its Implications for a History of the Self’
  • 6.00pm Dinner Break
  • 7.15pm Magnar Kartveit – ‘The Significance of the Pre-Samaritan texts and the Mt Gerizim Finds for Biblical Studies’

THURSDAY 7 January

  • 9.15am Olga Fabrikant-Burke – ‘The Scribal Invention of the False Prophecy of Salvation in the Book of Jeremiah’
  • 9.50am Short Comfort Break
  • 10.00am Philip Alexander – ‘Recent Trends in the Study of the Aramaic Targumim’
  • 10.35am Coffee Break
  • 11.15am Rebekah Welton – ‘”Know Well the Faces of your Sheep”: Animals in Ancient Israelite Households’
  • 11.50am Business Meeting (members only)
  • 1.00pm End of Meeting

Domestic Arrangements

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 18th December 2020no 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: