Just imagine how different the history of humankind would have been without the influence of a charismatic ex-artisan turned prophet, Jesus from Nazareth in Palestine.
Just consider how easily his movement might have run itself into the sand without the tireless dedication of a man called Paul, whose feet were firmly planted in two worlds, the Jewish and the Greco-Roman. Just recall the immense enrichment that the Christian Gospels have brought to many generations over well-nigh two millennia. You learn something new every time you study them.
Those Gospels are strikingly sophisticated and purposeful documents. They allow us access to that world-changing figure, Jesus of Nazareth, but do a good deal more than that. They offer a window through which to view the communities that believed in him, and celebrated all he meant to them. As far as they were concerned, he was more than a figure of the past: he belonged to and shaped their present. But, we may ask, how?
Jesus has been the subject of countless attempts to reconstruct what he was about, what his priorities were, how he lived, and why he died. TQQ students are not daunted by those earlier attempts, nor deterred from revisiting the exercise of piecing together what may be known about him.
And Paul – what can or should be said about this highly controversial figure, without whom the Christian Church might well not exist? He continues to speak and deserves to be heard, even if not uncritically, and so do his critics, both ancient and modern. But, we may ask, why?
There are not many courses that are able to offer this sort of extended and rigorous coverage of the Gospels, Jesus and Paul, but such is the opportunity and the purpose of TQQ.
How to Book
The three TQQ terms break down into ten individual sessions, and you would be welcome to register for the year, or for a term, or simply to come for specific sessions that particularly interest you. A full list of TQQ sessions is available here.
The cost is just £7 per session, £60 per term, or £75 per term for those who write essays (details available separately). You do not need to register in advance, just come along on the evening!
If, however, you would like to register beforehand or to obtain further information, please contact Alison Ogden on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01722 424826.