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Biblical Study Break: Exploring the Psalms – Songs of Faith and Doubt

  • Course Dates: Mon 8 February, 10:00 am to Thu 11 February, 4:00 pm

The psalms were written well over 2000 years ago, and some of their imagery may seem strange, disturbing, even inappropriately violent; yet they are so recognisably human. They cover the gamut of emotions from praise and celebration to anger, grief, and anguished bewilderment. We will delve into this ancient poetry afresh, examining its characteristic features and discussing the ongoing power of its metaphors. We will consider the difficulties involved in translating the psalms, and discover how they have inspired later poets. We will look at the use of the psalms in the New Testament, and explore their place in liturgy, both Jewish and Christian. And opportunities will be provided to reflect on how the psalms might nourish our own spiritual journeys.

The course will be taught online over four days, with participants expected to be available between 10am and 4pm. There will be two sessions each morning of input and discussion. In the early afternoon, participants will be set an activity to complete by themselves, and we will then reconvene to share the learning.

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Mon 8 February, 10:00 am
Thu 11 February, 4:00 pm
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Dr Ann Conway-Jones is an Honorary Research Fellow at Birmingham University, specialising in biblical interpretation and early Jewish–Christian relations. She combines up-to-date scholarship with enthusiasm for teaching adults.
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