In the Jewish tradition, these five books are called The Megilloth (aka The Five Scrolls), but they receive very little attention in the Christian tradition and lectionary for a few reasons but mostly because God is largely absent in these texts. Why? And what purpose does God’s presence or absence serve in these texts? This series of courses over five days offers an opportunity to do a deep dive into each book, looking at the themes that arise from each individually as well as from the collection as a whole.

This four-day online course with Pádraig Ó Tuama will take a literary approach to scriptural narratives, considering the literary lens and interpretive approaches (and their implications) that are suggested by treating biblical stories as art.

Welcome to the Sarum Biblical Study Break where we will be Exploring the Psalms: Songs of Faith and Doubt. The course aims to provide a survey of the key poetic features of the biblical psalms; to explore the ongoing life of psalm imagery in Jewish and Christian traditions; and to discuss the relevance of the psalms for our own worship and prayer.

This online course over 4 days will focus on Amos, Jonah, Zephaniah and Malachi in particular, as well as considerations of the reception of minor prophets in ancient religious literature more broadly.

From the start we read extracts from the Greek New Testament, and over six days of intensive study we provide you with the basic tools to understand the Koine Greek language, and the texts from which the early church emerged. By the end of the week students are tackling extended Gospel passages. No prior knowledge of Greek, Latin or any other language is needed.

The course works with fragments of scripture from the start and leads the student gently through the Hebrew text into a growing understanding of how Jewish narratives are constructed and how their writers thought of their world and expressed that understanding.