What you always wanted to know about the Bible but were afraid to ask

Join Professor Joanna Stiebert at the event in Otley, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Professor Stiebert (Professor of Biblical Studies, and Otley resident) has organised two drop-in events on Monday, January 30  (11am–1pm & 4pm–6pm) at the United Reformed Church on Bridge Street in Otley.

Come and ask questions and chat with biblical scholars from Botswana, the USA, UK, Uganda, Germany, South Africa, and New Zealand, of multiple Christian denominations and of no religion.

As part of a research grant from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) I am organising a social engagement event bringing biblical and religious studies scholars to Otley for a community event. This will be a sort of Question Time and is part of a bigger project about using the Bible for social justice and activist purposes.

If you have questions about biblical texts, history, or events, about theology, or biblical languages - we-ll try to answer them! Everyone is welcome.

Professor Joanna Stiebert

About the speakers

Among the confirmed academics and scholars are;

  • Dr. Kirsi Cobb (Cliff College, Manchester) (specialisation in Old Testament, domestic violence and theology)
  • Rosie Dawson (broadcaster) (Rosie is there to research for a podcast episode. She is very interested to know what teenagers and instructors find particularly relevant.)
  • Dr. Katie Edwards (writer and broadcaster) (formerly at University of Sheffield, specialisation in the Bible and popular culture)
  • Dr. Chris Greenough (Edge Hill University) (specialisation in queer studies and masculinity and theology)
  • Dr. Johnathan Jodamus (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) (specialisation in race and New Testament, apartheid theologies)
  • Dr. Mmapula Kebaneilwe (University of Botswana) (specialisation in Hebrew Bible, gender-based violence and theology, ecology/environmental theology)
  • Prof. Joachim Kuegler (University of Bamberg, Germany) (specialisation in New Testament, ancient Egyptian religion, masculinity, Catholic theology)
  • Dr. Robert Kuloba (Kyambogo University, Uganda) (specialisation in African-centred approaches, Hebrew Bible, theology in African contexts)
  • Dr. Holly Morse (University of Manchester) (specialisation in Hebrew Bible, the Bible and visual art, witchcraft and magic)
  • Prof. Sarojini Nadar (University of the Western Cape, South Africa) (specialisation in gender and Hebrew Bible, theologies of race, social justice and apartheid theologies)
  • Dr. Richard Newton (University of Alabama)
  • Yannis Ng (PhD candidate, University of Leeds) (specialisation in critical race theory, the Bible in literature)
  • Dr. Jayme Reaves (Sarum College, Salisbury, UK) (specialisation in Christian theology, Bible, gender, trauma studies)
  • Dr. Katherine Southwood (University of Oxford) (specialisation in the book of Job, social-scientific approaches to the Hebrew Bible, Biblical Hebrew)
  • Prof. Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds) (specialisation in gender, gender-based violence, social justice and the Hebrew Bible)
  • Prof. David Tombs (University of Otago, New Zealand) (specialisation in liberation theology, tackling abuse in religious communities)

For more information, email Johanna Stiebert.

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