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The 2014 Programme - Updated details

In 2014 only, VTBS will be a one-week event, from the afternoon of Sunday 27th July to lunchtime on Friday 1st August.

The full Programme Brochure is now available.

In addition to the Inaugural Lecture in nearby St Giles' Church on the opening Sunday, the week's programme will comprise 20 one hour sessions. The two main courses cover Old and New Testament topics. Each main course consists of four lectures, two related 'Readings' in which exegetical and translation issues are discussed; and a concluding question and answer session. There are also two separate supplementary series of three lectures each. Optional daily language classes in biblical Greek or Hebrew are available.

Participants may also wish to explore the attractions of Oxford and the surrounding countryside, or engage in quiet private study at St Anne's College. Short services of prayer are held in the morning and evening for those who wish to attend them. The lecturers are all invited apart from consideration of their particular religious or denominational standpoint.

Inaugural Address (at St Giles' Church) *Programme change Sunday 27th July, 5pm
*Cross-Examining Chronicles: Adventures in the Story-World of a Notionally Historical Narrative *Dr John Jarick, Lecturer in Old Testament, Regents Park College and Mansfield College, University of Oxford
Main Courses (at St Anne's College) Monday 28th July - Friday 1st August (each 4 lectures and question-and-answer session)
The Lost Lady of the Temple Dr Margaret Barker, Former President of the Society for Old Testament Study
The Epistle to the Colossians Revd. Dr Paul Foster, Senior Lecturer, New Testament Language, Literature and Theology, University of Edinburgh
Supplementary Series (at St Anne's College) Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th July (each 3 lectures)
The Second Commandment: Idolatry and Permissible Images in Modern Jewish Art Professor Melissa Raphael, Professor of Jewish Theology, University of Gloucestershire
Handelian Heroes of the Faith: Joseph and His Brethren, Samson, Susanna Dr Deborah Rooke, Research Fellow, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture, University of Oxford