What do we know about the Bible?

Jews have been called the 'People of the Book' (in fact, it's the Muslim definition of Jews, along with Christians) but how confidently can we lay claim to that status and identity?

In this course, Clive will outline the books of the Jewish Bible (the Tenakh) and their content and character, the current state of biblical scholarship, and Jewish attitudes to biblical text. The last session, as a coda to this course, on 11 December, will be about the Christian 'New Testament'.

We all know a good number of great stories and also some inspiring characters from the Bible, but what about all the rest? This course will help to set it all in context and explore why some bits are so much better known than others.

Awarded an OBE for his contribution to the community Clive Lawton is a superb presenter, knowledgeable and charismatic. He is an Educational consultant, a magistrate and a regular presenter around the world and at JW3 where his course subjects move between diverse subjects exploring literary, philosophical, historical and religious themes.

17 Oct The Tenakh and the 'Old Testament' - are they the same book?

24 Oct Is the Torah true?

31 Oct Can we call 'the Prophets' history?

7 Nov What are all the rest of the biblical books there for?


21 Nov The 5 megillot

28 Nov The Psalms

5 Dec Who wrote the Tenakh? Bring armour for this one!

12 Dec The New Testament - how does it read the Tenakh?

NB: This series will take place both in the building and online. To attend in person, click the "Book Now" button on this page. To attend online, click the button below.

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This series will take place both in the building and online. To watch online, click the "Book Now" button on this page. To attend in person, click the button below.

There will be no class on 14 November.

A booking fee of £2 will be added to all orders.

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£15 per session or £112 for the series

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