Deception & the Bible Interdisciplinary Colloquium - Day 1

17 December 2010, 11.55 PM - 17 December 2010, 11.55 PM

Friday 17 Dec 2010, 9:00 - 17:00, Verdon-Smith Room, IAS, First Floor, Royal Fort House.

The purpose of this interdisciplinary colloquium is to focus attention on the twin concepts of ‘deception’ and ‘Bible’ and to begin to ask searching questions about the implications of our 21st century context for that topic.

Ideas about deception permeate the Bible, biblical scholarship, and cultural appropriations of biblical texts, and Pilate’s words, ‘what is truth?’, resonate with deep irony when the notion of deceit is brought into close proximity with the biblical texts. Ten scholars, with diverse interests and working on a wide variety of texts, have been invited to consider the relationship between falsehood, Bible, scholarship, and culture, thus taking scholarly engagement with this most formative of cultural icons forward in new and creative directions.

This colloquium is being organised by Dr William John Lyons (University of Bristol) and  Dr James E. Harding (University of Otago, New Zealand). The resulting essays will be published by Equinox Press in 2012.

For more information on this colloquium, please contact Dr John Lyons.