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The 17th International Centre for Biblical Interpretation (ICBI) Annual Lecture

The Name and names of God - have we got it all wrong?

Professor Philip Esler, who leads the ICBI, welcomes Professor Janet Soskice, Chair of the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge.

Moses famously asked God for a name at the burning bush, but why did he do so and what answer did he get? Christian theologians through the centuries have focused on the dramatic ‘I AM Who I AM’ of Exodus 3.16, but does this, as Cardinal Walter Kasper and, following him, Pope Francis, suggest present a distorted vision of a dominating and indifferent deity? The Hebrew which this translates means something more like ‘I am with you and will be with you’, clearly a gloss, or perhaps a pun, on the Holy Name, YHWH - the only candidate for a proper name of the God of the Hebrew Bible. Can God be named? What is involved in the ‘practice’ of naming God? Can modern Christians recover a tradition of piety around the names and the naming of God that is suited to our times and consistent with the Biblical account?

The ICBI aims to promote scholarship that studies The Bible in its various ancient contexts and aims to advocate its significance for life in church and society. The Centre aims to enhance staff research and writing, trains postgraduate students, receives visiting scholars, develops a community of scholarship and hosts projects in Biblical interpretation.

The event is organised by the ICBI and supported by the Kirby Laing Trusts.

Time and venue: The lecture is at 7.30pm in TC001, Francis Close Hall campus, and drinks will be served in the refectory following the lecture.

Places are free but must be booked in advance at http://icbi-lecture.eventbrite.co.uk

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