Winter Online Meeting 2024

In its 107th year, the Society for Old Testament Study is delighted to host its first: 


On Zoom, THURSDAY 4th JANUARY 2024 

President: Professor Katharine Dell 

Afternoon papers are 30 minutes with 15 minutes available for Q&A. The public evening lecture is available on this page (after the programme, below) and is also available on YouTube.



The programme is available to download as a pdf here. All times are UK times 


2.00 pm Zoom room open – participants gather online 

2.15 pm Katharine Dell (Cambridge) – President’s Welcome 

2.25 pm Alma Brodersen (Bern) – “Why Ben Sira did not read the Bible” 

3.10 pm Break 


3.15 pm Zoltan Schwab (London) – “Why Does God Expel the Human Beings from the Garden of Eden in Gen. 3:23?” 

4.00 pm Break 


4.20 pm Society business meeting – a short meeting for SOTS Members only 

4.45 pm Roundtable discussion – “Is ‘E’ a distant memory now in Pentateuchal studies?” with panellists: Graham Davies (Cambridge), Reinhard Kratz (Göttingen) and Nathan MacDonald (Cambridge) 

5.30pm Break


7.00 pm SOTS meeting regathers on Zoom 

7.15 pm Public Guest Lecture: William Brown (Decatur, GA) – “’Aesthetizing’ Torah: The Case of Psalm 19 ” 

8.30 pm End of the event 



William Brown, “’Aesthetizing’ Torah: The Case of Psalm 19″