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April 2021

Exploring Theology Spring 2021: Living in Christian Faith

Tue 27 April, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tue 22 June 2021

This year we are focusing on the diversity of history, approaches, and understandings found in Christianity. This specific term will explore aspects of living in Christian faith, focusing on lived experience and putting faith into action through practical theology and ethical engagement with others and the world around us. This term of Exploring Theology will be delivered solely online via Zoom.  Tuesday evening lectures will be streamed live, recorded, and posted online for flexible access. View details about how the course… Read more

When God’s Face is Hidden: Theology in Times of Crisis

Wed 28 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This interactive day course will use art and photography, as well as ancient and modern literary sources, drawing specifically upon the Jewish tradition and the Hebrew Bible, to discuss the rich interplay between God’s hiddenness and self-revelation in the theological imagination. Our study will be prefaced by an overview of the relation between voices of protest and praise in the Hebrew Bible and wider Jewish tradition; between God’s personal attributes as one who, in the rabbinical literature, weeps and jokes… Read more

May 2021

Biblical Study Break on Story Theology: Narrative Approaches to Scripture

Mon 24 May, 1:00 pm to Thu 27 May, 6:00 pm
This four-day online course will take a literary approach to scriptural narratives, considering the literary lens and interpretive approaches (and their implications) that are suggested by treating biblical stories as art. Taking literary considerations such as plot, setting and character, this course will also consider poetic re-tellings and engagements with scripture, psychoanalytic readings of texts, literary usage of biblical mythology, as well as consideration of the narrative function in human communities. Daily teaching sessions run from 1pm – 6pm (BST)… Read more

June 2021

Reading Scripture Together Series: The Great Flood

Wed 23 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Many ancient cultures have stories of a primordial great flood. The Biblical story does more, however, than describe a physical catastrophe. It contains deep theology where God radically changes how human beings and the divine will relate to one another. In this session, we will do a careful reading of this story and its implications, including: the first Covenant, the Noahide laws, the end of vegetarianism, the first case of PTSD, and the curse of Canaan (and its terrible implications… Read more

Biblical Study Break: Reading Neglected Gems in the Hebrew Bible: Ruth, Lamentations, Songs, Ecclesiastes, Esther

Mon 28 June to Fri 2 July
In the Jewish tradition, these five books are called The Megilloth (aka The Five Scrolls), but they receive very little attention in the Christian tradition and lectionary for a few reasons but mostly because God is largely absent in these texts. Why? And what purpose does God’s presence or absence serve in these texts? This series of courses over five days offers an opportunity to do a deep dive into each book, looking at the themes that arise from each… Read more

August 2021

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 2021

Sun 8 August to Fri 13 August
Reading the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the language in which it was written is to open a window into a different world and times. We are as a culture more than 3,000 years distant from the nomadic tribes who wandered the Middle East from amongst whom emerged a radical new understanding of Creation and the Creator. Learning to read Biblical Hebrew is an adventure in difference. Ancient Hebrew is linguistically distant from European languages and employs structures and techniques to… Read more

Biblical Greek in a Week 2021

Mon 9 August to Sat 14 August
The New Testament, Christianity’s founding collection of writings, has played a major role in the development of Western history and culture. Yet its very familiarity is deceptive. To read it only in translation is to see it through someone else’s eyes, and a knowledge of the original language in which it was written enriches our understanding and enjoyment of its contents. “…a challenging and fascinating course taught by a very knowledgeable and patient tutor.” “Far better than I could ever… Read more

December 2021


Reading Scripture Together: Elijah, the Miracle Man

Thu 2 December, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Elijah the Prophet is portrayed in Judaism and Christianity as a prophet who never died. The biblical Elijah was a zealot who performed miracles and ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire. But his legacy has carried on in Jewish tradition in specific ways that are not as heavily emphasised in Christianity. He is the prophet who metaphorically visits every Passover seder and every circumcision. He appears in medieval stories as a miracle man who saves innocents. And he… Read more
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