Christianity has one foundational text. However, the techniques by which Christians read the Bible vary enormously.

These variations of method account for some of the historical divisions between churches. This talk will analyse western biblical hermeneutics (the methodology of interpretation) beginning with allegorical readings from the Middle Ages, through the ‘literal’ interpretation of the Reformers and the growth of scholarly skills in ancient history and Hebraic languages in the seventeenth century, to the flourishing of 'higher' criticism during the last century. In addition, we will examine the several approaches within Roman Catholicism and Protestantism regarding the relationship between Scripture, Tradition, and Reason, before finishing with a consideration of how Christians today might engage this sacred document with both faith and academic rigour.

Speaker:           The Rev’d Dr Kenneth Padley, Tutor in Church History

Date & Time:     Tuesday 2 March, 7.30-9pm

Cost:                 £10 (students £6)

Venue:              Online via Zoom 

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