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)||Sunday 27th July, 5pm|
|Irrigating Deserts: C S Lewis and the Reading of Scripture||Revd. Professor Alister McGrath, Professor of Theology, Ministry and Education, King's College London|
|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|