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Confronting the Violence in the New Testament
- Course Dates: Sat 20 June 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
The New Testament has its share of violent texts.
Remember Ananias and Sapphira? Or the treatment of the ‘whore of Babylon’ in Revelation? This day will tackle problematic passages, and consider how the New Testament helps us answer some of the persisting Old Testament problems.
The smiting of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts… the violation of the ‘whore of Babylon’ in Revelation… the cursing of the fig tree by Jesus. The New Testament isn’t as free of violence as is sometimes suggested.
In this one-day course, Baptist minister and Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence Helen Paynter will offer some interpretive strategies to help us think more deeply about these and other New Testament passages. We will also look together at some of the grand themes that transcend both testaments, and the ways in which the New Testament can help us to make sense of some of the problems we encounter in the Old. This day will complement the study day on Confronting the Violence in the Hebrew Bible, but can also be taken as a stand-alone study day.