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The Insight Web

You will find all our events listed under [Programme] and you can book tickets for events on-line at the foot of the page advertising the event. Posters and brochures for the programme can be downloaded at [Resources]. New for 2015 is the [Insight] Blog where we shall feature short pieces on Insight related issues from our own team and others.

The site is ‘Responsive’, this means that it detects whether you are using a PC or laptop, tablet or mobile phone and then does its best to reformat its pages so they can be read more easily on that device. This means that on the smaller screens you will lose the fancy layout you see on your PC or laptop screen. The trade-off is that the text should be presented at a size you can read without a magnifying glass.

We have an on-line booking system which is integrated with our Event diary. To book tickets scroll to the bottom of the page advertising the event and select the number of tickets required. We can accept online payment only via PayPal although tickets are always available at the door – space permitting.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the new site or would like to contribute to the blog please get in touch via [Contact Us].

The Insight Team.

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Biblical Languages

In addition to our contemporary theology and apologetics stream, we also offer the opportunity to learn to read NT Greek or Biblical Hebrew.

Whether in weekly evening classes here in Sherborne or in residential study schools at Hilfield Friary, Sarum College or elsewhere why not consider an encounter with the Bible in the Raw.

We all have our favourite English translation of the Bible but whether it is the familiarity of the traditional language of the King James Version (KJV, AV), the immediacy of modern translations such as the Good News Bible (GNB) and The Message (TM), or the more formal style of the Revised Standard Version (RSV, NRSV) or the New International Version (NIV) all share the disadvantage of being – translations.

The Insight Programme offers the opportunity to learn to read the Bible in the languages in which it was written, Greek and Hebrew.

You can study here in Sherborne at weekly evening classes or join one of our intensive study courses designed to take you from beginner to ready to start reading scripture in just one week.

Intensive courses are usually residential (although anyone close-by can join us as a non-resident) and are often offered in association with other institutions such as Sarum College, Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme (STETS) or our friends from the Society of Saint Francis (SSF) at Hilfield Friary.

Our courses are geared towards helping you read scripture in its original language rather than to prepare you for an examination (exam coaching is also available if desired). The emphasis is on learning to read fragments of text right from the start.

For those who already have some Greek and Hebrew we can offer guided reading of New and Old Testament texts such as St Mark, St John, 1 John, Ruth & Jonah to deepen your knowledge of both language and scripture.

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Learning to Read New Testament Greek

The Greek New Testament

The Christian Gospel spread along the trade routes of the Greek speaking Roman Empire. From Jerusalem to Alexandria, Antioch, Ephesus, Athens and Rome the apostles carried the Gospel throughout the ancient world.

They spoke and wrote Koine Greek, the common tongue of the Eastern Meditteranean. Their gospels, letters and stories became what we now call the New Testament.

Reading their gospel in their language gives us a glimpse of how their message transformed their communities.

  • the original language of the NT
  • spoken by the Apostles
  • the gospel ‘in the raw’
  • encounter ‘theological’ terms in
  • their original everyday context
  • knowledge of Latin or any other language not required
  • small, friendly groups

We offer tuition via Evening Classes here in Sherborne and via intensive courses, usually residential, offered in association with other institutions, in particular with Hilfield Friary.

 

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Learning to Read Biblical Hebrew

LBL_logo_Colour_IconThe Hebrew Bible

Nearly all of the Old Testament is written in Hebrew. The world of the scribes who collected and wrote down the Jewish Law, the histories of Israel and the deeds and words of the Prophets was very different world from ours.

They used stories to express what they had learnt about God. Sometimes they wrote songs or poems, sometimes they constructed myths but they were always focussed on God and what he has done.

To read Genesis 1 in Hebrew is to enter a world of competing empires each with its own set of gods. It is also to encounter the unshakeable conviction of the Hebrews that there is only one true God, maker and sustainer of all.

  • unlock 3,500 years of history
  • encounter the God of Abraham, Moses & Elijah
  • discover how the Hebrews thought of the world
  • trace the beginnings of the gospel

Beginning Biblical Hebrew, Hilfield Friary, 29/9-1/10/15.

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