Bible

Beginning Biblical Hebrew

An Introduction to Biblical Hebrew Price: tbc   Reading the Old Testament in the language in which it was written is to open a window into a different world and times. We are as a culture more than 3,000 years distant from the nomadic tribes who wandered the Middle East from amongst whom emerged a radical new understanding of Creation and the Creator. Learning to read Biblical Hebrew is an adventure in difference. Ancient Hebrew is linguistically distant from European…

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NT Greek in a Week

Learning to Read the New Testament in Greek Price: tbc The New Testament is both a very familiar, and at the same time, a very strange text. Distant from today’s English, both linguistically and culturally, the poetry and prose of the original texts speak of long vanished Empires, the abuse of power and the plight of the poor and disadvantaged. To encounter the text in its original language is to step into a world of priests and kings, wandering rabbis…

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Here I Stand

Revd Guntars Reboks We are delighted to welcome the Abbey’s very own Revd Guntars Reboks, himself a priest of the Latvian Lutheran Evangelical Church Overseas, to explore with us the contribution of Lutheranism to Global Church. On the 31st of October 1517 a German monk and theologian named Martin Luther pinned a document to the door of the Schlosskirche in Wittenberg protesting against the abuse of indulgences in the teaching and practice of the Church of his day. Within just…

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Learn to Read New Testament Greek

Our partnership with Sarum College, begun in 2015 continues into 2016 with another opportunity for those who wish to study New Testament Greek at Sarum College with Jon Riding. Last year’s course won many plaudits from its attendees including: “a great week, thank you!” and “I wish this course had been available when I was preparing for ordination!”. Open to all with no prerequisites other than a copy of the course book and a commitment to learn the alphabet before the…

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Digital Bibles, Notes and Memories

Jon Riding One of the exciting things of recent years has been the growth of mobile phone technologies. Smart phones are now endemic in society, not just in the West but in the developing world where their ability to operate without expensive and difficult to maintain infrastructure (like telegraph poles) makes them a very attractive option for all and sundry. The popularity of apps like YouVersion, now up to 200,000,000 downloads, is clear evidence for how many are choosing to…

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Why translate the Bible ?

 Human language is a very fascinating thing. We use it to pass on information, to express our deepest emotions, to pray, to praise, to encourage and, sadly, sometimes to denigrate. The conduit for all these is language, spoken and written. Language defines who we are, preselects our friends, links us with our heritage and sets our expectations. Not only do we shape language, language shapes us. Different languages can make a dramatic difference to our understanding of a particular event…

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Beginning Biblical Hebrew

If you have ever wondered about learning to read Biblical Hebrew, but have perhaps been discouraged by the difficulties of script and general strangeness of the language this course could be for you. We spend three days learning the basics of reading biblical Hebrew by the end of which we are ready to tackle short passages of scripture. If you want to know if learning Hebrew might be for you there is no better way to find out. The course…

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Cancelled – Reading in St Mark & St John

COURSE CANCELLED Advance bookings have been too few to make this course viable so we have had to cancel. With apologies to those who hoped to book at a later date. This course is ideal for anyone who has completed an intensive NT Greek in a Week or finished our course of evening classes in NT Greek. Beginning with straightforward passages from St Mark and St John it is the perfect way to begin reading the NT text in Greek. The…

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NT Greek in a Week – Hilfield Friary – COURSE FULL

Booking for this course is now closed. The same study programme is available at Sarum College from 27th Jul – 1st Aug 2015. Hilfield friary is set in the rolling hills of Dorset a few miles to the south of Sherborne. It is a beautiful and tranquil place and we are delighted to be able to offer biblical language tuition in association with the Friary. The course fee is £380, (£220 non-residential) with a £50 deposit payable on booking and…

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Revelations in Context

Tradition has it that St John the Evangelist, also known as St John the Divine or St John Theologian, composed the book of Revelation in a cave on the island of Patmos whilst in exile. Much of the book of Revelation has puzzled much of the church for much of that last 2,000 years. The dramatised reading of Revelation, Coming Soon, which was performed in the Abbey last year drew many appreciative comments and not a few questions about the book.…

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Forthcoming Events
  1. Incarnation

    Monday, 12 February, 2018 @ 19:30 - 21:00
  2. NT Greek in a Week

    Monday, 23 July, 2018 @ 09:30 - Saturday, 28 July, 2018 @ 15:30
  3. Beginning Biblical Hebrew

    Monday, 13 August, 2018 @ 09:30 - Wednesday, 15 August, 2018 @ 15:30