The Dead Sea Scrolls have changed Christian understandings of the authority of the Bible. It is now widely recognised that several books found in the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament had complex histories of development and existed in multiple editions in the pre-canonical period.
At the 2015 Morpeth Lecture, Professor George J. Brooke will explore textual pluralism in relation to the teachings of Jesus and the writings of the New Testament to argue that Jesus and the first generations of his followers lived with, and took advantage of, Jewish scriptures in ways not previously envisaged.
Professor Brooke is Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at theUniversity of Manchester, UK, where he has taught Biblical Studies and Early Judaism since 1984. He was a founding editor of the Dead Sea Discoveries journal and his book, The Complete World of the Dead Sea Scrolls has sold more than 70,000 copies.
The Morpeth Lecture was established in 1967 to celebrate the partnership between the University of Newcastle and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The name of the Morpeth Lecture comes from the College of St John the Evangelist at Morpeth, the previous ministry training and education centre of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.
2015 Morpeth Lecture
5.45 for 6pm
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
Christ Church Cathedral
Newcomen Street, Newcastle
This is a free public lecture. All are welcome.
Register online here.