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Bible Talks


Bible Talk Lecture Series: Spring 2017

Cloister Room | 1.10pm until 2.00pm

Casting Light on the Bible

This series of talks marks the 70th anniversary of the first discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. The talks aim to show how parts of the Bible take on a different hue when read in the light of other literature. The Cathedral Library exhibition for 2017 is on the theme of the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Visits will be possible after most of the talks or at other times by arrangement.

Wednesday 1 February

The Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Professor George Brooke (University of Manchester)

Wednesday 8 February

Paul and Virgil – Professor William Horbury (University of Cambridge)

Wednesday 15 February

The Bible and the Greek Poets: Acts 17 and other texts – Professor Loveday Alexander (University of Sheffield)

Wednesday 22 February

No Bible Talk

Wednesday 1 March

No Bible Talk

Wednesday 8 March

The Bible and Rabbinic Literature: How do Jews read their Bible and why do they differ from how Christians read the same texts?

Professor Philip Alexander – (University of Manchester)

Wednesday 15 March

The Bible and the War Poems of Wilfred Owen – Dr Trevor Dennis (Chester Cathedral)

Wednesday 22 March

The Bible in some English Literature: From Chaucer to Dickens – Dr Robert Evans (University of Chester)


Professor Joan Taylor, King’s College London, will present a related lecture at Hollybank House, University of Chester, Tuesday 9th May 2017 at 7.30 pm

The Essenes in the Ancient Literary Sources

This is organised by Chester Theological Society, a joint ecumenical venture of Chester Cathedral and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester; £3 on the door at Hollybank House; further details from

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