The Women in the Bible course is one of a series of events being sponsored by The Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre, (www. cliffcollege.ac.uk/gender-centre) based at Cliff College. The course will be delivered by Dr Kirsi Cobb from Cliff College and Dr Holly Morse from the University of Manchester. In May 2019 Kirsi and Holly co-founded the BGC (Bible, Gender and Church) Research Centre. The Centre aims to foster research in biblical gender studies through various projects that will affect change in the Church and academia, so that both women and men can be empowered ‘to live life to the full’. This course on women in the Bible is one of many events to be held by the Centre. The course will touch upon some key figures and passages in both Testaments. If you have ever wondered if Eve was a temptress or if Paul actually meant that women should wear hats to church, this is the course for you. We will delve deeply into the world of these and other biblical characters and address some deep seated beliefs and questions regarding these topics. However, we are not content to simply understand these passages but we will also raise the important question of how the Bible can be applied to the contemporary lives of women in the Church, especially when in the past these texts have been more often than not used to harm rather than empower women.
Women in the Bible is a 6 session course which you can complete at your own pace.
The course has been available since 1st October 2020.
When you have completed this course you will receive a completion certificate in acknowledgement of your engagement with the course material.
This course has the fee of £75.00.
You are required to enrol and pay for your place on this course.
Dr. Kirsi Cobb
Kirsi’s main research interests are women’s studies and biblical interpretation, especially in the Old Testament. Her recent research projects center upon reading troubling and violent passages in the Hebrew Bible such as Hosea 2 and Miriam’s Song in Exodus 15:21, using lenses of trauma theory, autoethnography, revenge and abuse. Her research seeks to find ways to better understand such disturbing themes in the Bible and read women’s stories in more empowering ways.
Together with Dr. Holly Morse (The University of Manchester), Kirsi is also the co-founder and co-director of the Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre. The Centre aims to foster research in biblical gender studies through various projects that will affect change in the Church and academia, so the both women and men can be empowered ‘to live life to the full’.
Dr. Holly Morse
Holly is Lecturer in Bible, Gender and Culture at the University of Manchester, and co-director of the Bible, Gender and Church Research Centre. Holly has a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she wrote her thesis (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) on the biblical figure of Eve and her cultural reception, focusing on marginalised readers and readings. Her ongoing research interests include the Hebrew Bible, gender, visual arts, female biblical interpretation, and hermeneutics. She has published on biblical reception criticism, appropriations of biblical women within the Women’s Movement, trauma, revenge porn and slut shaming in the biblical prophets. In her spare time, Holly enjoys dressmaking, drawing, and visiting art galleries.
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Ian is Senior Tutor and the Programme Leader for the Short Course programme at Cliff College. He co-ordinates the non-validated training provision on site, through day and mid week events, as well as a series of Cliff Retreat weekends, week long Cliff College Certificates and longer Cliff College Diplomas. He also heads up the Cliff Summer School programme, co-ordinates the Methodist Worship: Leading and Preaching (WLP) training at Cliff, and is o-ordinating the Cliff Local initiative across the UK.
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