A Portable God: The Origins Of Judaism And Christianity

Start Date
8th June 2018 6:15 pm
End Date
10th June 2018 2:00 pm

£170.00£245.00

Course Details

Would you like to know more about the origins of Christianity, and its complex relationship with Judaism? Come and explore the development of these sibling religions, as they took their parental heritage in different directions. We will look at competing interpretations of the Israelite scriptures, and see how each community drew on temple theology to express new understandings of the divine presence. We will also discuss the legacy of this separation process for Jewish-Christian relations today.

The course is open to anyone – no prior knowledge required.  The latest academic scholarship will be combined with an understanding of both religious traditions – all presented in a user-friendly way.  There will also be plenty of time for discussion.  The sessions will be as follows:

  1. Rhetoric and Reality
  2. Second Temple Judaism
  3. Radical New Perspectives on Paul
  4. The beginnings of Christianity
  5. The beginnings of rabbinic Judaism
  6. Boundaries – then and now
  7. Worship and final thoughts

Dr Ann Conway-Jones is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, specialising in biblical interpretation. She combines her scholarship with 20 years’ experience of teaching adults. She is actively involved in Jewish-Christian dialogue, having served four years as joint Honorary Secretary of the Council of Christians and Jews.

Feedback from Ann’s previous courses: Enlightening, informative and excellent day’, ‘Tackled a huge subject in accessible way’, ‘Ann radiates confidence and is a great communicator’, ‘I learned a lot and benefitted from imaginative opportunities to participate’, ‘The Old Testament in a new light’, ‘Outstanding speaker’.

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