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"Studying Those Who Studied the Bible"
by Bruce Chilton, IAT Executive Director

While reading Karen Armstrong's new book, "The Bible: A Biography," a volume in the Atlantic Monthly's Books That Changed the World series, I fancied I could hear the sound of recently qualified Ph.D.s in the Bible sharpening their pencils for comment. (more . . .)

Comments on the review by Bob Cohen
I think this is a totally brilliant essay/review by Prof. Chilton. Some of us saw and heard Karen Armstrong speak some years ago at an interfaith conference at the (other) Temple Emanuel in NYC and were very impressed by her knowledge of the Bible. (more . . . )

Bruce Chilton and Andrew Harvey lead a 3 day seminar in Guelph, Canada, this January on the topic, "Teachings and Sacraments of the Divine Feminine." Explore and experience the gifts of Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary with scholars and experts in this wisdom. (details . . .)

Let us know if there are any topics of interest you would like to share or, indeed, hear more about in this format. Please e-mail your comments and suggestions to iat@bard.edu. Thank you!

Join the members of the Bard Chaplaincy on Sunday, December 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Innocents, for the annual Festival of Lights. Participants include Rev. Bruce Chilton, Rev. Ginger Grab, Father Paul Murray, Imam Salahuddin M. Muhammad, Rabbi Larry Troster, as well as Buddhist meditators, The Circle (Wiccan group), and the Sanskriteers. Event features music, chanting, prayers, and storytelling. Special guest is world-class magician and tarot reader, Just Alan. Bring your spirtual questions for a private tarot consulation. Bonfire & refreshments conclude festival.

(about the Chaplaincy)


Having studied the religious diversity of our area, students from Kristen Scheible's class, present their research on world religions in the Hudson Valley. Their presentations are modeled on a template engineered by the Pluralism Project (headquartered at Harvard University). Friday, December 21, from 9:00 a.m. to noon, Preston Hall, For additional information, call 845-758-7207 or e-mail scheible@bard.edu. (About the Religion Program)


For those of you who are interested in viewing the 2008 Trinity confernce, you may do so via your computer and logging on to their website. Or, if you prefer, the IAT has arranged to have this broadcast at the College, at the request of IAT member, Betsy Hamilton. (more . . . )


The Institute is pleased to present a discussion and book signing in honor of volumes edited by our own Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner. On Tuesday, February 5, (snow date February 12), we'll celebrate the publication of Professor Neusner's Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity and Professor Chilton's The Cambridge Companion to the Bible. (more. . . )


This spring the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton offers a series of lectures on the topic, "Prophecy, Social Justice, and the Vision of God." These will meet on Wednesdays, February 13 through March 12. (more. . . )

The Golden Rule in the Religions of the World
Spring 2008 IAT Conference
This spring the Institute offers a three-day conference exploring the way the Golden Rule is interpreted in world religions. Organized by Professors Chilton and Neusner, the conference is begins on Tuesday, April 15, through Thursday, April 17.(more . . . )