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The 2016 Programme

For 2016, VTBS is offering offering two weeks of study: Sunday 31st July to Friday 5th August and Sunday 7th to Friday 12th August. Participants may attend for either week or for both. Arrival for each week is on Sunday afternoon, with departure after lunch on Friday. Participants attending for both weeks may optionally book to spend the middle weekend in Cambridge.

2016 Booking is Now Open!

Each week offers a separate programme of 19 one hour sessions. There are two main courses covering Old and New Testament topics. Each main course consists of four lectures and a concluding question and answer session, plus three related Language Readings in which exegetical and translation issues are discussed. There is also a separate supplementary series of three lectures. The lecturers are all invited apart from consideration of their particular religious or denominational standpoint. Optional daily Language Classes in biblical Greek or Hebrew are also available.

Participants also have access to the Cambridge Divinity Library for reference and study, as well as free time in the afternoons to engage in quiet private study, relax in the beautiful gardens, or explore the attractions of historic Cambridge and the surrounding countryside.

Optional short services of prayer are held at 8am and 9.20pm on weekdays and Communion is celebrated at 7.30am on Wednesdays.

Inaugural Address Sunday 31st July
Paul and the Millenium Professor William Horbury, Emeritus Professor of Jewish & Early Christian Studies & Fellow of Corpus Christi College
Week 1 Monday 1st - Friday 5th August
Fathers and their Daughters in the Hebrew Bible (5 lectures) Dr Johanna Stiebert, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, University of Leeds
John: Text and Theology (5 lectures) Dr Wendy North, University of Hull & Dr Lionel North, University of Durham
Ancient Jewish Perspectives on the Rise of Christianity (3 lectures) Professor William Horbury, Emeritus Professor of Jewish & Early Christian Studies & Fellow of Corpus Christi College
Week 2 Monday 8th - Friday 12th August
Fullness of Days: Ageing in the Hebrew Bible (5 lectures) Professor Hugh Pyper, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, University of Sheffield
Law, Purity and Ethics in the Gospel Tradition (5 lectures) Professor James Crossley, Professor of Bible, Society and Politics, St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London
Shakespeare and the Bible (3 lectures) Dr Priscilla Martin, University of Oxford