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What Refugees Can Teach Others About the Bible

May 24, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

FREE but booking required

Speaker: Dr Casey Strine Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History and Literature at The University of Sheffield

We often hear that the Bible is the best-selling book in history. Of course, one is just as likely to hear that it is a tool of power, privilege, and oppression. Neither sentiment reflects the Bible’s origins: despite its association with power and privilege, the texts that we call the Bible come from communities who experienced marginalization in various ways. One of the most prominent ways was involuntary migration. This theme dominates Genesis, frames Exodus, and features in the prophetic texts such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. Indeed, even Jesus of Nazareth appears as a refugee in the New Testament. In the midst of the current debates about migration, this talk will explore what asylum seekers and refugees can teach others about reading the Bible, a collection of texts that remain deeply influential in Western culture. Dr Casey Strine completed his D.Phil. at the University of Oxford, before holding research fellowships at King’s College London and at the University of Sheffield. Dr Strine is the author of Sworn Enemies: The Divine Oath, the Book of Ezekiel, and the Polemics of Exile (Walter de Gruyer, 2013), winner of the 2015 Manfred Lautenschläger Award for Theological Promise, and a co-author of When the Son of Man Didn’t Come: A Constructive Proposal on the Delay of the Parousia (Fortress, 2016). He wrote the Christians in Parliament document ‘What the Bible Says About Migration’ and also co-curated the ‘Back Where You Came From’ exhibition in The Gallery at 35 Chapel Walk in Sheffield, which featured art made by people seeking asylum in response to stories from the Book of Genesis about migration.

Disabled access is available but specific requirements should be mentioned when booking. To book a ticket please visit our website www.yorksj.ac.uk/eborlectures or write to: York St John Conference and Events Office, York St John University, Lord Mayor’s Walk, York YO31 7EX. If you would like any further information please contact the York St John Events Team on T: 01904 876654 or E: events@yorksj.ac.uk


May 24, 2017
7:00 pm
FREE but booking required
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University of York St John
01904 876654


Temple Hall, York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
York, YO31 7EX
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