Johannesburg 2014


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The Conference of the Old Testament Society of South Africa (OTSSA) will be held from 3-5 September 2014 at the University of Johannesburg in Johannesburg.

The theme will be: “Studying the Old Testament in South Africa from 1994 to 2014 and beyond.”

Since we are celebrating twenty years of democracy in South Africa this year the executive of the OTSSA propose that Old Testament scholars should reflect on how this period impacted on their research and how their research influenced society.

The following issues are relevant: the Old Testament and the struggle for survival; the Old Testament and the alleviation of poverty; the Old Testament and male dominance; the Old Testament and the position of women and children in society; the Old Testament and the current ecological crisis; the Old Testament and moral values; the Old Testament and cosmological, political and moral evil; crime and corruption in the ancient Israelite society; the Old Testament and the hope for a better future; any other theme which, in your opinion, should be reflected on.

Feel free to formulate your own theme and submit an abstract to the conference secretary (Dr. Fanie Cronjé) no later than 31 July 2014, by clicking the “Submit abstract” button at the top of this page. The conference secretary will correspond with you and inform you whether your proposal has been accepted and when you will read your paper at the conference.

For any other queries, please contact the conference secretary. His contact details are available on the Executive Committee page.