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Reading Scripture Together: The Binding of Isaac/Ishmael

  • Course Dates: Thu 6 February 2020, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

This conversational one-day course series will re-read selected sacred texts in detail and consider the ways they have been interpreted, both in the written word and in art, and on their relevance and meaning to us today.

Celebrated during Rosh Hashanah in Judaism, during easter in the Christianity, and for Eid al-Adha in Islam, the binding of Isaac/Ishmael is an important story. During this day, we will re-read the stories in detail and explore the ways the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions have interpreted, understood, and reimagined these texts over the ages.

Portrayed in art, as well as commented upon by scholars and theologians from each of the Abrahamic traditions, the story of the binding of Isaac/Ishmael is rich ground for discussion, exploration, and new discoveries related to our faith and life together.

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

Course Details

Thu 6 February 2020
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is a rabbi, lecturer and public speaker on faith, identity and leadership. She is a board member of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations. Sef Townsend is a storyteller who uses traditional stories to bring people together to celebrate our differences and shared humanity.Jayme Reaves is the Exploring Theology Programme Leader and is Coordinator for both the Centre for Encountering the Bible and the Short Course programme at Sarum College. She is a public theologian, with a specialist interest in making the Bible, theology, and theological methods more accessible to the public and helping congregations and communities reflect on the public impact of their theology. She is also an Honorary Fellow at the Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education.
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