Exploring the Old Testament and its World

Tyndale House Conference 2019

Join us Saturday 22 June 2019, for a day of teaching from Tyndale House researchers, investigating the languages and historical context of the Old Testament, and its journey from the ancient to the modern world.

The Tyndale House Old Testament Conference is open to anyone with an interest in the Bible, no academic experience or qualifications are necessary.

Registration for the conference is now closed as we have reached capacity.

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10:00-10:15 Arrival and registration

10:15-10:30 Welcome

10:30-11:15 The Siege of Jerusalem: watching a Biblical event through the eyes of Israel’s enemies

Dr Caleb Howard

In 701 BC Sennacherib, king of Assyria, laid siege to Jerusalem in a significant standoff that was recorded in both biblical and Assyrian texts. The survival of some of these Assyrian sources provides a fascinating comparison with records of the event that appear in the Bible. This session looks at literary and historiographic features of the writings and asks if a consistent story emerges.

11:15-11:45 Coffee

11:45-12:30 A living language: tracking Old Testament Hebrew through time and space

Dr Elizabeth Robar

Just as the English we speak today is much changed from the Old English of Beowulf, so biblical Hebrew changed over the hundreds of years between the first book of the Old Testament and the last. This session examines these layers of language and how they point to the historical depth of the Old Testament documents.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:15 Letter by letter: how the scribes preserved the text of the Old Testament

Dr Kim Phillips

“Not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear from the Law...” This session demonstrates that Jewish scribes preserved the Old Testament text, letter by letter, with extraordinary accuracy from well before the time of Jesus to the end of the Middle Ages, and explores some of the means by which they achieved this astonishing feat.

14:15-14:45 Coffee

14:45-15:30 Moral depth: a modern reader’s guide to Old Testament narratives

Dr Peter J Williams

How are we to understand the actions reported in Old Testament narratives? The texts themselves have little explicit guidance, but rich allusions to other parts of Scripture help to reveal their moral depth. This session will look at profound lessons for modern readers to be found in passages from Joshua to 2 Kings.

15:30-16:15 Questions for the academic panel

16:15 Close

16:45-18:15 Optional Guided University Walk with Christian Heritage



Getting here:

The conference is held in the centre of Cambridge at Christ Church Cambridge.

Christ Church
Christchurch Street

Christ Church is midway between
the Elizabeth Way and Jesus Lane roundabouts

By train:

Christ Church is a 26 minute walk or a 10 minute taxi from Cambridge Station via Mill Road.

The Citi 3 bus to Fen Ditton leaves from outside the station, every 10 minutes. The bus takes 20 minutes, from the station to Napier Street, which is a one minute walk from Christ Church.

By car :

Parking is available at the Park and Ride on Madingley Road. Parking is free for up to 18 hours, and the bus ticket is £3 return. The bus stop is by Jesus College and is a five minute walk from Christ Church. The bus takes around 18 minutes and leaves every ten minutes.

A limited number of spaces are available for those requiring disabled access. Please contact the conference team to apply for a space: conferences@tyndalehouse.com.



Registration for the conference is currently closed as we have reached capacity.

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