Dr Jim West to speak at Newman University

Updated on: 18/09/2017

Dr Jim West from Ming Hua Theological College will be visiting Newman University Birmingham on 25th September for a public lecture on ‘The Intersection of Academic Biblical Studies and the Life of the Church’.

Dr West will be visiting the university’s Theology Department to give the talk which is open to the public and will be taking place between 10am and 11am.

It is said that one of the most demanding aspects that students have to address when studying theology and the Bible in a university setting, is how does it sit with their own experience and understanding of faith. Theology often requires its students? to engage intellectually and also be highly personal; something which is extremely different to many other university courses. However, this is the reason that many of the academic staff at Newman University Birmingham find theology such a rewarding and fun topic to teach.

With that said, lecturers also acknowledge that a number of the approaches and concepts that are introduced to students can be disorientation and challenging and some Christian students, particularly in their first year of study, can be left feeling that the Bible and other issues in theology, have a more corrosive than positive impact on their faith.

This is something that Dr West has vast experience of and his upcoming visit to Newman University Birmingham will allow staff, students and members of the public to hear him speak of the intersection between the academy and faith.

Dr West is the Minister of the Petros Baptist Church, Tennessee and a Hebrew Bible and Reformation Scholar who has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including his most recent publication; Huldrych Zwingli’s Friendly Rejoinder to Luther’s Sermon against the Fanatics, Translation and Introduction (Pitts Theology Library, 2016), and contributing to and being one of the editors of History, Politics and the Bible from the Iron Age to the Media Age. (Bloomsbury, 2016) and also Finding Myth and History in the Bible Scholarship, Scholars and Errors. Essays in honor of Giovanni Garbini (Equinox. 2016) and the forthcoming, Zwingli to Amyraut: Exploring the Growth of European Reformed Traditions. (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017).

Dr West is also the Associate Editor/ Book Review Editor (North America) for the Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament and for the Copenhagen International Seminar.

Dr West also writes extensively for a lay audience and has recently completed his ‘Person in the Pew‘commentary series that covers the entire Bible and is published by Quartz Hill. This monumental work illustrates his passionate commitment for making scholarly research accessible and relevant for those in ‘the pews’.

Dr West is one of the foremost bibliobloggers; bloggers who have a specific focus on biblical studies, and many will know him through his Zwinglius Redivivus blog which is a head-spinning miscellany of biblical and reformation research, waspish-satire and comment.

For further information and to book a place please contact Lecturer in Theology at Newman University Richard Goode: r.goode@staff.newman.ac.uk or 0121 476 1181 ext. 2472.

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