As the flames roared around him he knew he was about to meet his God at last. His final thought was for the people of England he had tried his whole life to serve. He had made it possible for “all manner of persons, men, women, young, old, rich, poor” to read the Bible for themselves in their own language. Now he was dying for his work, tied to a stake at the King's command...
Four hundred and forty years later you can pop down to your local bookstore and buy whichever translation or version of the Bible you like. But which one? Should you have one of each? And what's it all about about anyway? All those lists of names? Songs without music attached? Prophecies involving mystical beasts? Do you need to read the lot?
Does this sound like you? Are you interested in reading the Bible but don't know where to start? Or already read the Bible, but would like some tips about how you could understand it better? Then our Autumn seminars are for you! The seminars, starting on 15 September (next week!) at Park House School, Newbury, are designed to give tips on how to read the Bible for yourself.
We are planning six weekly seminars, commencing on 15 September, covering an overview of the Bible itself (e.g. where did it come from? why so many different translations?), some techniques for more effective reading (e.g. using cross-references, and letting the Bible interpret itself), and about the contents of the Bible (e.g. the history of Bible events, and concise overviews of each book).
We will be trying to empower you to understand the Bible for yourself.
We will not be trying to force you into a particular way of thinking about the Bible.
The seminars will be informal, with time for questions, answers and discussion, and we'd love to see you there. If you'd like to find out more, or register (it's not too late), all the details are here.