A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

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8:00am Holy Communion
10:15am Choral Mattins
11:30am Sung Eucharist
3:15pm Choral Evensong
6:00pm Eucharist

A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths

John Barton

The Bible is the central book of Western culture. For the two faiths which hold it sacred, it is the bedrock, a singular authority on what to believe and how to live. For non-believers too, it has a commanding status: it is one of the great works of world literature, woven to an unparalleled degree into our language and thought. History, society and literature, as well as religion, have all been shaped by its authors through its narratives, laws, proverbs, prophecies, poems and letters.

Tuesday 24 March 6.30 - 8pm
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John Barton is one of the great Biblical scholars of our time. The culmination of a lifetime’s work, his magisterial A History of the Bible was a Sunday Times bestseller in 2019. In it he explores how the Bible came to be compiled, defined and interpreted, showing that the Bible is not the fixed text it is often perceived to be but the result of a long and intriguing evolution.

In this evening he will explore how the Bible came into being, what contemporary Biblical scholarship teaches us about it, and ask what this means for people of faith. Does this new understanding threaten belief or can it contribute to living authentically as people of faith? What does it mean to regard the Bible as authoritative in the 21st century?

The Revd Professor John Barton is an Anglican priest and Biblical scholar. He is the Emeritus Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and is the author of A History of the Bible: The Book and Its Faiths (Allen Lane 2019).

The evening will be chaired by Dr Paula Gooder, Biblical Scholar and Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral, and include plenty of time for questions and answers.

BSL interpretation will be provided at this event: please email us if you require seats in the area reserved for this.