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February 2014

Biblical Study Break: The Bible and Beginnings: Studies in Creation

Mon 3 February 2014, 1:00 pm to Thu 6 February 2014, 2:00 pm
May 2014

Biblical Study Break: Luke, Paul and the Book of Acts: Studies in Early Church History and Mission

Tue 6 May 2014, 8:00 am to Fri 9 May 2014, 5:00 pm
November 2014
£205 - £345

Biblical Study Break: Pondering the Parables

Mon 3 November 2014, 1:00 pm to Thu 6 November 2014, 2:00 pm
In preparation for the lectionary year of the Gospel of Mark the parables are a vital source of insight. According to Mark (4.34), Jesus never said anything except in parables! That is, at first sight, surprising, not least because what we are used to labelling parables appear so little in this Gospel. Equally surprising perhaps is Mark’s summing up of everything that Jesus says under the ‘catch all’ heading of wisdom (6.2). So, without being exclusively confined to Mark, we can… Read more
February 2015
£205 - £345

Biblical Study Break: The Book of Judges: Exploring its Meanings

Mon 2 February 2015, 1:00 pm to Thu 5 February 2015, 2:00 pm
The book of Judges is about judges who do not appear to judge, a community which ceases to be a community, who choose gods which are not gods, in a land that is ostensibly theirs but which they cannot fully possess. It is an account of people who gradually but inexorably lose direction, conscience and humanity. Judges is a bridge of nothing that spans two somethings – theocracy (or hierocracy) and monarchy. It is the dark night between two days,… Read more
April 2015
£205 - £345

Biblical Study Break: The Bible and Christian Ethics

Mon 27 April 2015, 1:00 pm to Thu 30 April 2015, 2:00 pm
Questions about what it means to be human and how to live well are as acute now as they have ever been. For most Christians, the Bible is a fundamental source of moral guidance. But what kind of guidance does the Bible offer, given that it was written in a world so different from our own? How is it to be interpreted, given that some of the issues we face today were unthinkable in biblical times? How should we deal… Read more
July 2015
£380 - £630

New Testament Greek in a Week

Mon 27 July 2015, 9:15 am to Sat 1 August 2015, 3:30 pm
To read the New Testament in the language of the Apostles is to discover the text afresh, unencumbered by the expectations of translation. The Greek of the New Testament is distant from today’s English both linguistically and culturally. The poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings,… Read more
November 2015
£215 - £365

Biblical Study Break: The Gospel of Luke the Physician

Mon 2 November 2015, 1:00 pm to Thu 5 November 2015, 2:00 pm
“Luke creates a symbolic universe which orders history in such a way as to provide a past, present and future for his Christian contemporaries. He links them with their predecessors and successors in a meaningful totality” (Philip Esler). Luke’s Gospel places the story of Jesus within a grand narrative of Christian origins rooted in the Jewish scriptures. In this study week we shall explore the structure and wider themes of the Gospel within its canonical framework as a foundation document… Read more
February 2016
£215 - £365

The Book of Ruth

Mon 8 February 2016, 1:00 pm to Thu 11 February 2016, 2:00 pm
Ruth is the story of the ancestry of David and Jesus that starts when the ‘house of bread’ (Bethlehem) has run out of bread. Off to a bad start hindsight might not be all there is to this tale. Is this an agricultural idyll or a brutal tragedy? Is this an example of feminist liberation or patriarchal oppression? Is this a tale of ancestry begetting and begotten or a theology of redemption? Should we wonder about the ethics of immigration… Read more
May 2016

Promises and Problems: The Bible and the Holy Land Today

Mon 9 May 2016, 1:00 pm to Thu 12 May 2016, 2:00 pm
Starting from a discussion of some of the concerns raised by the realities of the Middle East, the Holy Land and Jerusalem today, this Bible study break will explore what resources the Bible can offer to engage with them. It will also acknowledge that certain readings of the biblical material have clearly contributed to current tensions and difficulties. A selection of texts from different parts of the Bible, both Old Testament and New Testament, will be explored in some detail… Read more
July 2016

Reading Scripture Together: Great Grandmothers of Jesus (Part One)

Thu 7 July 2016, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Why does Matthew mention four women in his genealogy of Jesus? What do those four women tell us about who Jesus is and how we can follow him? These are questions we want to explore in these two days. In this first day we explore the stories of Tamar in Genesis 38 and Bathsheba (or ‘the wife of Uria’ – as Matthew calls her) in 2 Sam. 11:1-12:24. These stories are intriguing in more ways than one. We do not only… Read more

New Testament Greek in a Week

Mon 25 July 2016, 9:15 am to Sat 30 July 2016, 3:30 pm
To read the New Testament in the language of the Apostles is to discover the text afresh, unencumbered by the expectations of translation. The Greek of the New Testament is distant from today’s English both linguistically and culturally. The poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings,… Read more
November 2016

Biblical Study Break: Revisiting the Riddles of the Gospel of Matthew

Mon 7 November 2016, 12:45 pm to Thu 10 November 2016, 2:00 pm
A gospel that can scale the heights of theological wisdom and at the same time seem to descend to a low level of judgmental bitterness in its treatment of Jews and Judaism has to pose challenges for all who make it the focus of a year’s reflection and worship. No shunner of controversy with Jews or, for that matter, Christians of an alternative outlook, Matthew invites us once again to understand and make up our own minds about his convictions… Read more
April 2017

Biblical Study Break: Resurrection

Mon 3 April, 1:00 pm to Thu 6 April, 2:00 pm
Interpreting the resurrection of Jesus is a task at the cutting edge of Christian theology: the publication of scholarly and popular literature on the subject continues unabated. Given contemporary cultural and intellectual shifts, there are signs that old ways of thinking are breaking down and new ones are taking their place. While concern with ‘what actually happened’ remains vital, the focus has expanded to include other ways of discerning the truth or otherwise of the resurrection. Included in these developments… Read more
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