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Approaches to Old Testament Violence

Christian theology applied.
Do you find the violence in the Old Testament a problem? Does it get in the way of reading the Bible and of faith itself?

Approaches to Old Testament Violence

Date and timings: Thursday 4 June 2020, 7pm – 9pm
Venue: Moorlands College, Christchurch Campus, BH23 7AT
Price: £6 person, plus optional purchase of Helen Paynter’s book, God of Violence Yesterday, God of Peace Today?

Join us for our evening seminar as we look at approached to violence in the Old Testament with Helen Paynter, the Director of the Centre for the Study of the Bible and Violence from Bristol Baptist College. Helen faces the topic head-on and offers a fresh, accessible approach to a significant issue.

While acknowledging that there are no easy answers, in God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today?, Helen Paynter faces the questions head-on and offers a fresh, accessible approach to a significant issue. The seminar is open to all and will be a safe place to look at this subject in the friendly environment of Moorlands College.


On God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today?:

“A rigorous yet accessible exploration of Old Testament violence ideal for individuals or groups wishing to engage with these troubling texts and the issues they raise. I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in the questions it explores. If you are new to the subject, it offers a comprehensive introduction and the reassurance that you are being guided by a capable and safe pair of hands as you begin to engage with challenging and important issues.” – Peter King, Diocese of Chichester

More about Helen Paynter

Helen Paynter, Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence, and Coordinator of Community Learning

Helen was a nephrologist (kidney doctor) when God called her to Baptist ministry. She trained at Bristol Baptist College and then became Associate Minister at Victoria Park Baptist Church in South Bristol, where she worked part-time for six years. She is now Associate Minister at Westbury on Trym Baptist Church, Bristol.

Helen has a Masters in Missional Church Leadership, another Masters in Biblical Studies, and a PhD in Old Testament. Her main research interests are in the narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible. Her second Masters dissertation was on ‘total annihilation’ in Deuteronomy and Joshua, her PhD thesis was on aspects of humour in the book of Kings, and her current research interest is in violence and Judges.

Helen is passionate about helping people to get to grips with the Bible, because she has seen its power to transform lives. She loves to study it, preach it, teach it, encourage others to study and understand it, and help others to learn to read it in its original languages.


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