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Biblical Study Break: Love the Stranger – Migration, the Bible and our Societies
- Course Dates: Mon 5 November 2018, 1:00 pm to Thu 8 November 2018, 2:00 pm
This study addresses one of the most important issues that the United Kingdom and, indeed, the wider global population must deal with today: migration.
What is not widely known, either within faith communities or in culture more broadly, is that the Bible speaks extensively about 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.
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. The class uses texts from both the Old and New Testaments and discusses a range of stories in order to explore the many ways in which the Bible addresses the issue of migration.
Over six sessions we will look at the depiction of migration throughout the Bible. There are three sessions that look at different types of Old Testament texts (narratives, legal writings and prophetic writings) and two sessions that look at different types of New Testament texts (the Gospels and the letters). The final session brings together the material studied in earlier sessions and builds upon it.