Can These Bones Live? Reading the Bible Today

Tuesday 12th to Friday 15th July 2011 at High Leigh Conference Centre.
Chair: Prof Adrian Thatcher
Secretary: Revd John Goldsmith
Chaplain: Revd Justin Dodd

In the year of the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible, this conference will focus on reading the Bible now in new and inspiring ways. It will explore how Christians are to be positive, faithful readers of the scriptures today. Further information

Papers from the conference were published in the January and April 2012 editions of Modern Believing.

Speakers (with audio recordings where available)

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Adrian Thatcher
After the Authorised Version: Reading the Bible 400 years on
Adrian Thatcher is Visiting Professor in Theology at the University of Exeter. He is author of The Savage Text: The Use and Abuse of the Bible (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
Talk: pdf Full text

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Christopher Rowland
William Blake and the King James Version of the Bible
Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford.   The latest of his many books is Blake and the Bible (Yale University Press, 2011).
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (53 mins)

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Susannah Cornwall
Contextual Bible study: A case study with homeless and vulnerably-housed people
Dr Susannah Cornwall is Honorary Research Fellow in Theology at the University of Exeter. Her new book Sex and Uncertainty in the Body of Christ (Equinox) was published in December 2010.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (58 mins)

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Francesca Stavrakopoulou
God's Ex-Wife: What Price Monotheism?
Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou  is Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible at the University of Exeter.  Her most recent book is Land of Our Fathers: The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in Biblical Land Claims (T & T Clark, 2010). She is presenter of the BBC TV documentary series The Bible's Buried Secrets.

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John Barton
The new atheism: Reflections of a Biblical scholar
Revd Professor John Barton is Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. His latest book is The Bible, The Basics (Routledge, 2010).
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (44 mins)

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Gerard Loughlin
The Bible and film
Gerard Loughlin is Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. He is the author of Alien Sex: The Body and Desire in Cinema and Theology (Blackwell, 2004).
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (93 mins)

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Maggi Dawn
The Bible, culture and the arts
Revd Dr Maggi Dawn is Chaplain and Fellow in Theology at Robinson College, Cambridge. She is the author of    The Writing on the Wall: High Art, Popular Culture and the Bible (Hodder & Stoughton, 2010).
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (78 mins)

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Alison Milbank
Apocalyptic readings: the Bible and the novel
Alison Milbank is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of Nottingham, specializing in Literature and Theology. Her well known book Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians (T & T Clark) was re-printed in 2009.
Talk: audio Listen / download mp3 (56 mins)