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The 2015 Programme

For 2015, VTBS is offering offering two weeks of study: Sunday 2nd to Friday 7th August and Sunday 9th to Friday 14th 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 at Robinson College.

2015 Booking is Now Open!

The Inaugural Lecture on the opening Sunday takes place in the striking Robinson College Chapel, with its John Piper stained glass windows. All other lectures are held in the Umney Lecture Theatre. Each week offers a separate programme of 19 one hour sessions. The two main courses cover Old and New Testament topics. Each main course consists of four lectures and a concluding question and answer session. The same lecturers provide three related 'Readings' in which exegetical and translation issues are discussed. There is also a separate supplementary series of three lectures. Optional daily language classes in biblical Greek or Hebrew are available.

Participants will have access to the Cambridge Divinity Library for reference and study. They will have free time in the afternoons to explore the attractions of historic Cambridge and the surrounding countryside, engage in quiet private study or relax in the beautiful gardens at Robinson College.

Short services of prayer are held at 8am and 9.20pm on weekdays in the College Chapel and Communion is celebrated at 7.30am on Wednesdays. Attendance is optional. The lecturers are all invited apart from consideration of their particular religious or denominational standpoint.

Inaugural Address Sunday 2nd August, 5.45pm (*please note later time*)
Excavations at Magdala: Mary Magdalene’s Home Town Professor Richard Bauckham, Senior Scholar, Ridley Hall, Cambridge & Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies, University of St Andrews
Week 1 Monday 3rd - Friday 7th August
The Prophets of Israel and Judah Dr Carly Crouch, Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of Nottingham
Revisiting the Riddles of the Gospel of Luke Professor David Catchpole, Scholar-in-Residence, Sarum College, Salisbury & Emeritus Professor of Theology, Exeter University
C.S. Lewis and Poetry (3 lectures) Revd. Dr Malcolm Guite, Chaplain, Girton College, Cambridge
Week 2 Monday 10th - Friday 14th August
The Priests of Israel and Judah Dr Jonathan Stökl, Lecturer in Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Kings College London
What Made Christianity Different in the Roman World Professor Larry Hurtado, Emeritus Professor of New Testament Language, Literature & Theology, University of Edinburgh
Different Approaches to the Bible in the Work of Christian and Jewish Artists (3 lectures) Ms Julia Weiner, Lecturer, Regent’s University London