Whitley Lecture 2018 – 21st February – “Dead and Buried? Attending to the voice of the victim in the Old Testament and today”

Monday 8 January, 2018

We invite you to join us at South Wales Baptist College, from 1.30-3.00pm on 21st February 2018 for this year’s Whitley Lecture:

Dead and Buried? Attending to the voice of the victim in the Old Testament and today.

Whether we are reading a modern news article about a violent atrocity, or one of the shocking Old Testament stories of violence, it is important that we ask certain questions of ourselves and of the written account. Whose interests are being served by the telling of this story? Whose voices are not being heard? Whose lives are considered worthy of grieving, and whose deaths are regarded as forgettable? What responsibility does reading this story place upon me? This lecture will aim to consider these questions and so provide some tools to assist us as we read Old Testament stories of violence.

The lecture will be given by Revd Dr Helen Paynter. Helen is an Associate Tutor at SWBC, teaching Old Testament, as well as a tutor at Bristol Baptist College and a Baptist minister. Her main current area of research is in the Old Testament narratives of violence and how we read them today. She lives in Bristol with her husband and their three teenage daughters.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this free event. It will last approximately 1.5 hours.