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Biblical Study Break: Love the Stranger – Migration and the Hebrew Bible

Mon 5 November 2018, 1:00 pm to Thu 8 November 2018, 2:00 pm

This course addresses one of the most important issues that the United Kingdom and indeed the wider global population must deal with today – migration.

The course will help participants to read and engage with the Bible, particularly in the hope that they can gain a deeper understanding of both migrants and host communities in various biblical texts and relate this understanding to similar contemporary situations. We will look at what the Bible says about migration, how it depicts migrants, and how it suggests migrants should be treated. We will use texts from both the Old and New Testaments and discuss a range of stories in order to explore the many ways in which the Bible addresses the issue of migration.

As a result of following this course participants will be encouraged to explore what practical and positive steps they might take to deal with the issues related to migration that we face today in the United Kingdom and beyond.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@dev.sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)


Mon 5 November 2018, 1:00 pm
Thu 8 November 2018, 2:00 pm
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Casey Strine is Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at the University of Sheffield. Casey studies the history, literature, and cultures of the ancient Near East (the area now known as the Middle East) with a specialization in ancient Israel and Judah, the two societies that produced the texts known to most as the Old Testament. His approach as a historian is to use the study of migration to reconstruct ancient history and to interpret ancient texts. Casey is especially interested in how involuntary migration—people fleeing environmental disasters, war, or persecution in various forms—influences the ways groups construct their history, tell those stories, and respond to the other cultures they meet in their movements.
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