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The Bible in History and Literature

This specially designed course is for those who have an interest in exploring both the cultural and social background to the formation of the Bible and its history of interpretation through the ages. This course includes lectures as well as the study of texts and images and participants will also have an opportunity to examine the Ancient Near Eastern world through artifacts from the Weingreen Museum of Biblical Antiquities. In nine sessions experts in the relevant fields will explore with you the following topics: the Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern Setting: Context and Themes (e.g., the problem of evil, death and afterlife, love); Jewish biblical interpretation (e.g., in antiquity and the Medieval period); Early Christians and the Bible; the Bible for Medieval Christians; Biblical Representations in the Medieval manuscripts of Trinity College Dublin’s Old Library (e.g., The Book of Kells); Islam and the Bible (biblical traditions in Islam); the Bible and Modern Culture (e.g., literal readings).

How to apply

Register in advance (prior to 23rd January 2017) by post, to the Executive Officer, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2 enclosing a cheque/draft/ postal money order made payable to Trinity College Dublin no. 1 account. Your receipt will be your ticket for the series. Registration is also possible on the evening of the first lecture of the series (outside the lecture theatre).

For further information please contact: Sinéad Dixon, Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. T: 01 896 1451, E: nmes@tcd.ie

Fee

The cost for the full series is €80. Concession rate for the full series is €40.

Date, time and place (subject to change)

The course is comprised of 9 two-hour weekly lectures each Tuesday at 7 p.m. from 24th January 2017 in the Uí Chadhain Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin, Dublin 2. There will be no lecture on Tuesday 28th February.