Winter Meeting 2022   Recently updated !

Winter Meeting 2022: 4–6 January 2022


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.


SOTS Winter Conference 2022 will be held at Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, under the presidency of Prof Charlotte Hempel

Please note, as this meeting is in-person, SOTS has implemented guidance in order to ensure the conference adheres to current restrictions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Please read the guidance, and note that it reflects the current situation in October 2021 and will be subject to ongoing review. 

Winter Meeting 2022 COVID guidance
Printable version of the Winter Meeting Programme (2022) (PDF)
Downloadable booking form: PDF/docx

Members of SOTS who wish to apply for a bursary to help cover the cost of the conference can do so by filling out the form here: Application form for bursary. Please note, the deadline for applications is: December 10th.

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 4 January

  • 2.00pm  Committee Meeting
  • 4.00pm  Registration
  • 6.00pm  Reception (kindly sponsored by the outgoing President)
  • 6.30pm  Dinner
  • 7.15pm  Presidential Address: Prof Charlotte Hempel (Birmingham), – ‘The Legacy of the People of the Land in the Dead Sea Scrolls’


  • 8.00am    Breakfast
  • 9.15am    Gary Rendsburg (New Brunswick, NJ) – ‘The Genesis of Genesis’
  • 10.00am  William Tooman (St. Andrews) – ‘Genesis 34 and the Law’
  • 10.45am  Coffee/Tea
  • 11.15am  Lindsey Askin (Bristol) – ‘Bone Diseases in the Hebrew Bible’
  • 12.00pm  Nathan MacDonald (Cambridge) – ‘The Making of the Tabernacle and the Construction of Priestly Hegemony’
  • 1.00pm   Lunch
  • 3.00pm   Sandra Jacobs (London) – ‘Women in Deuteronomy: From Assyria to the Battlegrounds of Sparta’
  • 3.45pm   Ellie Lyell (Exeter) – Red, Red Wine: Colour and Consumption in the Hebrew Bible’
  • 4.30pm   Coffee/Tea
  • 5.00pm   Anja Klein (Edinburgh) – ‘Resilience in the Three Major Prophets – A New Approach to a Hebrew Scriptures Theology’
  • 5.45pm   Reception (sponsored by the University of Birmingham)
  • 6.30pm   Dinner
  • 8.00pm   Stuart Weeks (Durham) – ‘Why do we read Qohelet the ways we do?’

THURSDAY 6 January

  • 8.00am    Breakfast
  • 9.15am    Drew Longacre (Groningen) – ‘Paleographic Style and the Forms and Functions of the Dead Sea Psalm Scrolls’
  • 10.00am  Hindy Najman (Oxford) – ‘Poetic Cycles and Processes of Perfection: Hodayot and Biblical “Rewriting”’
  • 10.45am  Coffee/Tea
  • 11.15am   George Brooke (Manchester) – ‘Some Issues in Comparative Studies and the Bible: Multiplicity and Uniqueness’
  • 12.00pm  Business Meeting
  • 1.00pm    Lunch, followed by departure 


Domestic Arrangements

Financial support for carers to enable members to attend meetings is available on a trial basis. The grant is limited but may be put toward the cost of employing a carer or toward additional expenses incurred in a partner’s attendance. Applications must be received by 11th November. For more information or to make an application, contact the Secretary ( 

All bookings must be received by Wednesday 1st December 2021; no bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by email to, with payment made by bank transfer or by posted cheque or preferably via the web shop (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 might 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, 33 College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland (email: Proposals for new members must reach him by 1st December, 2021. Changes of address should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington.