THE DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES with Professor John Barton, Why Do Jews and Christians Read the Bible So Differently?

Wednesday, December 8, at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom

We are pleased to announce that our December Distinguished Speaker, Professor John Barton, will address the question of why Jews and Christians read the Bible so differently. Join us on Wednesday, December 8, at 1:30 pm via Zoom to hear one of the great non-Jewish Old Testament scholars address this complex question.

An Oxford professor, Dr. Barton was born and raised in London but has been at Oxford ever since he was a student, successively Lecturer (Associate Professor) and Professor of Hebrew Bible (Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture), a chair held from 1991 to 2014. In retirement since then, Professor Barton has been a Senior Research Fellow at Campion Hall, Oxford, a small Jesuit-run college. John Barton is an Anglican (Episcopalian) priest and serves in the small town of Abingdon, about 7 miles from Oxford, where he has lived since 1978 and where he preaches regularly. He is married with one daughter and two granddaughters. Professor Barton is a Fellow of the British Academy, which is similar to the American Philosophical Society.

He has written about 20 books, mainly on the Bible, the most recent being A History of the Bible (Viking 2019). Among the major themes of Professor Barton’s work are: Reading the Old Testament; The Nature of Biblical Criticism; Ethics in Ancient Israel; Holy Writings, Sacred Text – all are technical works. His most famous works are How the Bible Came to Be; The Bible, The Basics.

Professor Barton’s outstanding degrees and honors include DPhil (Ph.D.), 1974; Doctor of Letters (DHL), 1987; Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), 2007; Corresponding Fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2008; Honorary Doctor of Theology, University of Bonn, Germany, 1998; Honorary Canon Theologian of Winchester Cathedral, 1991-2002.

You will not want to miss this fantastic presentation by one of the greatest Biblical minds in today’s world. Plan on joining us via Zoom on December 8 at 1:30 pm for an extraordinary examination of why Jews and Christians read the Bible so differently.

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