The next series of bi-weekly Wednesday Evening Conversations (starting on Wednesday 12th October 2022, 7.30pm-9pm) will centre on the Gospel of John — the highly influential, puzzling, and certainly the most philosophically complex, of the canonical Gospels. Although the conversations will always be rooted in good, contemporary historical/theological scholarship the way they will actually unfold over the weeks will be lead by the questions and thoughts of those taking part.
As always, there is no presumption that the text must be agreed with in any religious/doctrinal fashion; all that we hope to achieve is a better understanding of what on earth it was that the Gospel writer hoped to pass on to his readers/hearers.
The text we’ll be working from is the recent translation produced by David Bentley Hart but we’ll also be looking at the different ways the Gospel has been translated over the years and in different countries/cultures. At the moment we have participants who can bring to the table French, Spanish, Japanese, Dutch and German versions of the text.I have attached a pdf copy of Hart’s translation to this message along with a short additional passage by Hart called “A note on The Prologue of John’s Gospel.” The minimum requirement for taking part is simply to have read these two texts.The conversations will start at 7.30pm and run until 9pm and will take place on the following Wednesday evenings:
12th October — General historical/theological orientation and initial thoughts
26th October — The Prologue (John 1:1-18)
9th November — TBC
23rd November — TBC
7th December — TBC
And, lastly, here’s the Zoom link for all five meetings. I look forward to seeing some of you on the evening of the 12th October.
Topic: Cambridge Unitarian Church Wednesday Evening Conversations
Time: Oct 12, 2022 19:30 London
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Meeting ID: 881 7497 1730
Passcode: 064795 (edited) Every best wish,
Andrew James Brown
Cambridge Unitarian Church
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