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International Interdisciplinary Conference, 22nd-24th June 2016
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Lenten Lecture Series 2016

Book of Kells...A Theological Reading

Thursday February 11th...7.30-9pm
Thursday February 18th...7.30-9pm
Thursday February 25th...7.30-9pm

 €10 per lecture / €30 for the series
Location: The ISE/Loyola Institute Building (Old Physiology Building) Trinity College Dublin – check the Loyola website for a map.
Queries to the Executive Officer  (01) 896 4790

FEB 8th 2016
‘The Book of Kells – A Very Rich Theological Source’

The Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin offers a series of Lenten Lectures on a theological reading of what James Joyce described as “the most purely Irish thing we have.”

The Book of Kells is one of Ireland’s major tourist attractions with over 600,000 visitors last year. This famous book can be appreciated on many different levels. Most visitors admire the magnificence of the Book of Kells’ lavish illumination, and with more than 2,000 decorated initials, the scale of the Book’s decoration is far greater than that in any other surviving gospel book. Far fewer people, however, looking at the Book of Kells, consider it as a theological source, yet that was undoubtedly a prime objective of those who created it.
To arrive at a theological reading of the Book of Kells, we must learn to read and understand its rich artistic iconography. For example many appreciate the Book of Kells’ wonderful depictions of animals – snakes, peacocks, lions, hares and mice. But according to Dr Con Casey of the Loyola Institute: “These animal figures also carry deeper meaning. They themselves are part of the telling of a theological narrative, the story of human salvation. The lion, for example, often appears issuing a many-coloured breath from his mouth. In the background are the contemporary Bestiaries, books of animal stories. There it is said that lion cubs are born dead. The male lion after three days returns, breathes upon them and life enters their limbs.”
This series of Lenten Lectures by the Loyola Institute will be principally concerned with understanding the theological significance of this iconography.

The Loyola Institute Lenten Lectures – The Book of Kells: A Theological Reading
This series of three lectures will be held on Thursdays February 11th, 18th, 25th from 7.30 pm – 9.00 pm in the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin. The cost is €10 per lecture. Queries to  (01) 896 4790
About The Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin
The Loyola Institute at Trinity College Dublin is dedicated to reflecting academically on Christian faith, social justice and contemporary culture in the context of the Catholic tradition. A new Institute – established in 2012 – the Loyola Institute was described on its launch as “a milestone in the institutional development of Catholic theology in Ireland” by Trinity College Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast. Through the Loyola Institute, Trinity College Dublin is the only University in Ireland or the UK to offer an undergraduate degree in Catholic Theology. It also offers taught and research degrees at postgraduate level.
The Loyola Institute, which has an endowment from eight religious orders in Ireland, is located within the Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences of Trinity College Dublin.

The breath of the lamb symbolising life come again as seen in folio 114v (detail) illustrating Mathew’s Gospel 26.31 “Then Jesus saith to them; all you shall be scandalised this night.” On Mount Olive before his passion, Jesus foretells the dispersion of the apostles and his resurrection. 



The Loyola Institute offers a BA in theology in the broad Catholic tradition. The student of theology engages with the biggest questions that human life presents – God, justice, love, suffering, values, war and peace.

Here at Loyola in Trinity a student can take theology as a single honours degree. Another option is theology in combination with Philosophy, or with Italian, or with Irish, or with History.

In the course of theological studies the student acquires the critical skills of thinking, of writing, of communicating, of reflection and analysis – all crucial skills in today’s job market.

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