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The 2017 Programme

For 2017, VTBS is offering offering two weeks of study: Sunday 23rd to Friday 28th July and Sunday 30th July to Friday 4th 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 on a bed and breakfast basis at the College.

2017 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 23rd July
Bishop Rowan Williams Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Week 1 Monday 24th - Friday 28th July
Jewish Messianism Revisited (5 lectures) Professor Philip Alexander, Professor of Post-Biblical Jewish Studies, University of Manchester
Our Great High Priest: Studies in the Epistle to the Hebrews (5 lectures) Professor Loveday Alexander, Honorary Research Fellow, University of Manchester
On Luther (3 lectures) Professor Robert Kolb, Professor for Institute for Mission Studies, Concordia Seminary, St Louis
Week 2 Monday 31st July - Friday 4th August
The Significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls for the Study of the Hebrew Bible (5 lectures) Professor George Brooke, Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism And Exegesis, University of Manchester
Paul’s Letter Carriers (5 lectures) Dr. Peter Head, Sir Kirby Laing Senior Lecturer in New Testament, University of Cambridge
Wagner and Theology (3 lectures) Professor Richard Bell, Professor of Theology, University of Nottingham