Aims of the SYNEIDON Research Project
To provide informative and fun courses, all of which can be tailored to suit the needs of your church or group. The aim of each course is to stimulate thought and an active engagement with the Bible.
To promote and disseminate current research in the Old and New Testament to a wider audience.
To encourage opportunities for interaction between faith-based and academic approaches to the study of the Bible.
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Recent Research News
The Book of Revelation is not normally the place one would expect to find humour. However, one scholar suggests we should take another look. To find out go to the Research Digest.
Research Profiles News
Alana Taylor is the newest recruit to the Research Profiles section and she joins us in our virtual Senior Common Room to tell us about her PhD research on teaching New Testament Greek. You can even ask her your own questions - and there is always an unlimited supply of (virtual) tea and biscuits!
Church and University
Is there a difference between studying the Bible at Church and in a University?
Find the approach - with which you are the more familiar in our interactive 'Gospel or Gospels?' quiz.
Put your feet up and give your brain some exercise. Our coffee-break problems are designed to offer you an introduction to various research questions (some old, some new) as well as some of the methodologies used in Biblical studies...
Look at the Gospel of Mark with new eyes. This is a very special day-long course which explores a number of different aspects of Mark's Gospel, bringing a different perspective and a deeper understanding to this extremely important book. Book this course and make your church or group event a day to remember.
For more information about courses and for ideas of how hosting a course can promote your group/church or help mark a special event...
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The world's 'Oldest Bible' gets 44.1 million hits in one day
The launch online of the oldest near complete copy of the Bible, raised an unprecedented amount of interest worldwide...
Sources - Telegraph, Independent, BBC, Daily Mail 06/07/09 Independent 0/7/07/09
Is this the earliest image of St Paul?
Vatican archaeologists have claimed to have found a 4th Century fresco containing an image of Saint Paul.
Sources - Telegraph 28/06/09 Times, Daily Mail 29/06/09
A letter from the court of King David?
Does the discovery of a 3,000 year old shard of pottery provide us with our first piece of archaeological evidence for King David?
Sources - Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday 31/10/08
Now you can read the oldest copy of the Bible
The British Library has completed the first phase of publishing online a digitised version of Codex Sinaiticus, earliest complete copy of the Bible.
Sources - Telegraph, Times, BBC 24/07/08
'Gabriel's Vision of Revelations' and Christ's resurrection
Does a first century BCE tablet known as Gabriel's Vision of Revelations provide the first concrete evidence for a Jewish belief that the messiah will be resurrected three days after his death?
Sources - Telegraph, Independent, 08/07/08
How was Jesus Crucified?
The actual method employed by the Roman authorities to crucify Jesus has once more become the subject of debate.
Source - Daily Mail, 17/03/08, Telegraph, 16/03/08