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The Book and the Sword

The Bible in the Experience and Legacy of the Great War

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The Mobilization of Biblical Studies (April 3-6, 2016, Munich)

Initial question: How did the discipline of biblical studies respond to the outbreak of war in 1914?

Possible topics:  Scholarly output in response to the war; the involvement of biblical scholars in propaganda and public debate about the war; the deployment of biblical scholars as ‘local experts’ on the Ottoman front; the impact of the war on biblical studies.

Biblical Themes: Chosen Peoples and Holy Wars; The Enemy

Abstracts of the papers given at this workshop


The Bible and the Cultures of War 1914–1918 (Sept 11-13, 2016, Cambridge)

Initial question: How did the Bible shape people’s experience of the war?

Possible topics: Popular use of the Bible, including the experience of soldiers and civilians; political use of the Bible; preaching; millenarianism; the work of Bible societies and missionary organisations; the Bible in education.

Biblical Themes: Apocalypse and Eschatology; Sacrifice and the Cross



The Bible in the Legacy and Memory of the Great War (April 19-21, 2017, Cambridge)

Initial Questions: How far did/does the Bible inform perceptions and memories of the war? How far did the war change the Bible?

Possible topics: The Bible in war memorials and liturgies of remembrance; the Bible in literature, art and music of/about the war; the impact of the war on biblical scholarship and theology; the Bible and inter-war pacifism, the Bible and questions of loss or recovery of the sacred.

Biblical Themes:  Death, Afterlife, and Remembrance; Peace and Pacifism.

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The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Sep 01, 2016

This event will take place on 11 October 2016 at St George's, Stockport

The Bible, the Great War, and Remembrance Study Day

Jun 24, 2016

Taking place on 5th October, this study day for clergy will address key questions on the subject of remembrance.

Book and the Sword Film

Jun 15, 2016

Dr Nathan MacDonald and Dr Andrew Mein have released a film explaining the impetus for the project and the role of the Bible in World War I.

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