Category Archives: SOTS

Thomas Römer at the University of Sheffield

From SOTS-

I am pleased to announce that the University of Sheffield will be hosting two lectures by Prof. Thomas Römer, the chair in the Hebrew Bible and Its Contexts at the Collège de France, in January 2018. These lectures abroad—part of the mission of the Collège de France to deliver its teaching not only in Paris, but in other major academic centres outside France—are free and open to all. Prof. Römer, who is well known to the Society, will be sharing some of his latest research in two lectures. The programme is:

  • Tuesday, 30 January 16:30 to 18:00 — The Ark of the Covenant and the Archaeology of Kiriath Jearim
  • Wednesday, 31 January 14:00 to 15:30 — The Future of Biblical Studies: A Discussion with Graduate Students
  • 16:30 to 18:00 — The Political Function of the Abraham Narrative

As you can see, the programme for Wednesday, 31 January, includes not only a lecture, but also the unique opportunity for graduate students in Hebrew Bible and related fields to participate in a discussion with Prof. Römer about the future of our field. We hope that this full afternoon programme will encourage students and scholars from around the country to make the journey to Sheffield.

All these events will take place in the iconic Arts Tower at the centre of the University of Sheffield. If you have any queries about the lectures, travel, or related matters, please contact Casey Strine at

Keeping Up With the Doings in Nottingham

If you, like me, and Jonathan, and James, and others, weren’t able to make it to Nottingham for SOTS 2018 Winter Meeting, you can keep up with what’s going on via twitter by following #SOTS2018, or by watching the SOTS facebook page-

Some great sounding papers have already been given.

A Series of Old Testament Study Guides You May Not Have Heard Of, But Should

Bloomsbury is publishing a series of what they describe as ‘study guides’ for the Old Testament, but don’t make the mistake of thinking these are mere ‘Cliff Notes’.  Quite the contrary.  I reviewed a couple of these volumes in the most recent number of the Book List and they are exceptionally helpful.

Bloomsbury-T&T Clark’s Study Guides to the Old Testament present the latest in biblical scholarship in an engaging format for students and those approaching biblical texts for the first time. Each book covers the historical issues surrounding the text before moving on to consider interpretative issues and the range of approaches available to readers of the text. The books include further reading lists and pointers for students looking to further their knowledge. Each book is written by a member of the Society for Old Testament Study (SOTS), a prestigious academic society which celebrates its centenary in 2017.

The link above is to the list by date of publication.  Take a look.

Today in the History of the Society for Old Testament Study

Mat Collins wrote on the SOTS facebook page on 29 June, 2016-

sotsFor those interested in that sort of thing, it was 100 years ago today (29th June 1916) that the first proper planning meeting for SOTS was held. Nine scholars met in the rooms of R.H. Kennett at Queen’s College, Cambridge, and resolved to move ahead with the proposed “British Society for Old Testament Studies” and to hold an inaugural meeting in London (at King’s College) at the start of January 1917.

According to the minutes, those in attendance were: Rev. Prof. W. Emery Barnes, Rev. Principal W.H. Bennett, Rev. Principal W.E. Blomfield, Stanley A. Cook Esqr., Dr. G. Buchanan Gray, Rev. Canon R.H. Kennett, Prof. A.S. Peake, Rev. T.H. Robinson, and Rev. Principal John Skinner.

Happy 101st Anniversary, SOTS.  Fantastic beginnings for the best learned society in the world.

A Full Day Ahead…

And I still feel pretty wretched.  Coughing, headache, blah.  And to compound the fun, there was no hot water in the shower this morning.  Still, there are papers to hear and books to see and photos to snap.

More anon.  If I make it.

The 2017 SOTS Winter Meeting Agenda



Though things continue on through lunch on the 5th I’ll actually depart around 10 so that I can arrive in Birmingham in plenty of time for the Lecture at Newman University.  I’ll, of course, be posting travel photos all along the way to and from so stay tuned.  There’s wifi on the Nottingham Campus and at the hotels before and after.  It’ll be almost like being there for you.

I’ll also tweet it- #SOTS17.

Last Chance for SOTS Earlybird Registration

Dear SOTS member,

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the deadline for booking attendance at the Winter Meeting at the cheaper rate. If you haven’t booked yet and wish to catch it at the lower price, email the hospitality secretary James Patrick on I was checking for my own purposes, and thought that I’m probably not the only one who hasn’t yet booked and intends to. A trial is being made of offering financial help to carers, and that has to be applied for by tomorrow at the latest, so again, contact James for that. Final bookings at the regular price have to be made by Dec 6th.

With best wishes,
Viv Rowett
SOTS retiring membership secretary

I’ll see you there in Nottingham.  And if not there, perhaps in Birmingham on 5 January.