Winter Meeting 2023

Winter Meeting 2023

This winter’s SOTS Conference takes place in The Edge, Endcliffe Student Village, Sheffield, S103ED, between Tuesday January 3rd and Thursday January 5th.

Under the presidency of Professor Katharine Dell
Publishers are invited to contribute to a virtual book display as well as a physical book display. Members who have had books published recently are also invited to display copies.

Conference Programme


TUESDAY 3rd January

  • 2.00pm – Committee Meeting
  • 4.00pm – Registration
  • 6.00pm – Reception sponsored by Sheffield Phoenix Press
  • 6.30pm – Dinner
  • 8.00pm – Presidential Address: Katharine Dell (Cambridge), “Covenant and wisdom: Arguing with a premise from absence”.

WEDNESDAY 4th January

  • 8.00am – Breakfast
  • 9.15am – Moritz Adam (Zurich), “Reflections upon History in Ecclesiastes and its Context in the Hellenistic Period”
  • 10.00am – Megan Daffern (Cambridge), “Talking to yourself? The Psalms and Self-Address in the HB/OT”
  • 10.45am – Coffee/Tea Break
  • 11.15am – David Firth (Bristol), “A Poem of Two Contexts: Psalms 40:13-17 and 70 in their Canonical Setting”
  • 12.00pm – Kirsi Cobb (Calver, Derbyshire), “Filling in the gaps: reading Hosea 1-3 with contemporary fiction writers”
  • 1.00pm – Lunch
  • 2.00pm – Free Time
  • 3.30pm – Tea
  • 4.00pm – Paul Joyce (London), “False Hope and Inappropriate Optimism: Fresh Light on the Prophets from Psychology and Cognitive Science”
  • 4.45pm – Nathan Eddy (London), “When the Prophet says No: Reading Ps 77 with Dan Pagis”
  • 6.00pm – Reception sponsored by the Society in memory of Elizabeth Harper
  • 6.30pm – Dinner
  • 8.00pm – Anselm Hagedorn (Osnabruch), “Prophecy and Hellenism. Some thoughts on (very) late prophetic texts”

THURSDAY 5 January

  • 8.00am – Breakfast
  • 9.15am – Peter Hatton (Bristol), “Berith as Treaty: Towards a Biblical Theology of Conflict Resolution”
  • 10.00am – Suzanna Millar (Edinburgh), “Like the cattle, so the chattel: Animal domestication and slavery in ancient Israel and its context”
  • 10.45am – Coffee/Tea Break
  • 11.15am – Philip Jenson (Cambridge), “Incomparability: An alternative to mathematical monotheism”
  • 12.00pm – Business Meeting (SOTS Members Only)
  • 1.00pm – Lunch, followed by departure

Booking & Domestic Arrangements

All bookings must be received by Wednesday 30th November 2022.

No bookings can be accepted after that date. Bookings can be made by emailing the form to, with payment through the online shop at or by bank transfer, or by posted cheque. 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. You are advised to make a copy of your completed Booking Form for your own records.

Charges for hospitality are shown on the 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.

Subsidies & Bursaries

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 Richard Briggs ( by 10th December 2022. Application forms for grants are available on the SOTS website here: 2022 Bursary Form

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 10th December 2022. For more information or to apply, contact the Secretary (


General correspondence concerning the affairs of the Society should be sent to the Secretary, Dr Richard Briggs, by email at Proposals for new members must reach him by 7th December 2022. Changes of address notification should be sent to the Membership Secretary, Dr Janet Tollington, 118 Balland Fields, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5JU (

Advance Notice of Future Meetings

Summer Meeting, 4th – 7th September 2023, St Catharine’s College Cambridge

Members wishing to read a paper or conduct a workshop or other session at a forthcoming Meeting should write to the Secretary (, giving a title and brief summary of the proposed paper or session, at least six months ahead of the relevant meeting. The Programme Sub-Committee will respond to all proposals received. For academic papers, offers of shorter presentations (25 minutes) are always welcome, but longer presentations (50 minutes) may also be proposed.