Eve: temptress, feminist, exile
Giles Fraser and Rosalyn Murphy
4 October 2011
Woman is created from man’s rib and causes the fall of humanity. Much of society’s treatment of women stems from the belief that the first pages of the Bible tell us that women are dangerous sexual temptresses and inferior to men. But Eve was made as Adam’s helper and partner, and how come the serpent is in the garden anyway? What is this story really about, and what does it tell us about God and humanity?
Moses: liberator, lawyer, stammerer
Laura Janner-Klausner and David Shosanya
11 October 2011
Moses is the great prophet, leader, liberator; the man who sees God face to face and lives. Above all, he is the one to whom God entrusts the Law, the foundation of the sacred covenant between God and humanity. But he is also the abandoned baby, the stammerer, the founder of the nation who never sets foot in the promised land. What can we learn of our pilgrimage as the people of God from this towering figure?
Job: rebel, victim, visionary
Andrew Shanks and Salley Vickers
18 October 2011
Job’s is one of the most uncomfortable stories in the Bible. God puts Job through terrible suffering, apparently to prove a point with Satan. His friends insist his suffering must be punishment for his sin while Job rails against the apparently meaningless injustice of God. Many regard it as one of the great mystical books of the Bible which takes our understanding of suffering to a whole new level, but does it really offer a coherent understanding of the relationship between God’s love and human suffering?
Jesus: king, criminal, God
Robert Beckford and Lucy Winkett
8 November 2011
The story of Jesus’ brief and explosive public life is so familiar that we can forget both how revolutionary and how mysterious it is. How can it be that God lived on earth in a human body; spoke, breathed, slept, cried? And what of the revolution he preached? Even non-believers now think him a good man, but in his day he was thought so dangerous that he could only be silenced by death. What on earth does this story mean?