24 Hours with a Theologian: Who needs the Old Testament?

Date: 7th February 2019

Time: 16:30

24 hours with Katharine Dell will begin with the question that forms the title of her latest book Who needs the Old Testament?  The context of the asking of that question in the book is in countering the New Atheist attack of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens in particular in reference to the Old Testament.  It leads on to further questions about the place and relevance of the Old Testament in ethics and in Christian faith and worship.   Can we just select the 'nice bits' for consideration?  How do we deal with difficult passages?  How do we reconcile Old with New - or can we?  Should clergy preach on the Old Testament and how?  Katharine will then move on to her own specialism of the wisdom literature and show some of its riches and relevance for today.


Katharine Dell is Reader in Old Testament Literature and Theology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St Catharine's College.  She is a specialist in the wisdom literature of the Old Testament and has written books on Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes and various

introductions both to wisdom literature and the wider Old Testament. 


She is currently editing the New Oxford Bible Commentary and writing a commentary on Ecclesiastes.  She has also written more popular books such as Opening the Old Testament (her coffee table book), Seeking a Life that Matters, and the recent Who needs the Old Testament: its enduring appeal and why the New Atheists don't get it.

  • 16:30 Thursday, 7 February to 16:00 Friday, 8 February 2019
  • Venue: Foxhill House and Woodland, Tarvin Road, Frodsham WA6 6XB
  • There is no charge for this event.  Accommodation and meals included.
A limited number of residential places are available.  if you would like to attend on a non-residential basis contact Jane Hood


To reserve a place, contact Jane Hood jane.hood@chester.anglican.org 01928 718834 ext 257 or click on the link below




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