Biblical Maximalist to Invade New Zealand and Australia: Iain Provan brings some North American biblical paraphrasing Downunder

Iain Provan – co-author of A Biblical History of Israel (2003) and  lecturer at the evangelical Christian Regent College in Vancouver – will be giving talks and lectures in New Zealand and Australia in July-August 2011. According to his website, Iain Provan is speaking at a “Gospel Conversations” Conference at Robert Menzies College, Sydney, held on the weekends of 15-16 and 29-30 July. One of the sessions at the Conference is called “How to read the Old Testament: Myths and Misconceptions” – which sounds like a good summary of the contents of the Old Testament, but – oddly – not very maximalist at all.

In addition, he is delivering the following individual lectures:

July 4, 2011
7.00 pm
LECTURE: “Why Should We Read the Old Testament, and How?” Greenlane Christian Centre, 17 Marewa Rd, Greenlane, Auckland, New Zealand. All welcome.
July 5, 2011
7.00 pm
LECTURES (2): “How the Christian Story Was Lost from Western Culture 1648-2011” and “What Are We To Do About It?” Laidlaw College, 70 Condell Avenue, Papanui, Christchurch, New Zealand. All welcome.
July 6, 2011
8.00 pm
LECTURE: “Does Matter Matter? Gnosticism Old and New.” Tertiary Students Christian Fellowship Conference in Waikanae, New Zealand. For conference attendees only.
July 11, 2011
5.15 pm
LECTURE: “The Way We (Really) Were: The Challenge of Modern Historiography to Christian Faith.” Archway 2 Lecture Theatre, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. All welcome.
July 18, 2011
7.00 pm
LECTURE: “Earth-keeping and People-keeping in Old Testament Theology.” Naremburn Cammeray Anglican Church, 205 Willoughby Rd, Naremburn (Sydney), NSW 2065, Australia. All welcome.
July 24, 2011
7.00 pm
LECTURE: “Why Should We Read the Old Testament, and How?” Melbourne, Australia – venue TBA. All welcome.
August 1, 2011
7.00 pm
LECTURE: “The Way We (Really) Were: The Challenge of Modern Historiography to Christian Faith.” Upper Room, Laidlaw College, 80 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand.

Come to hear apologia like this one: “It’s important to realise that this story [the Akedah; Gen 22] establishes beyond any doubt that God is not in fact the kind of God who invites the sacrifice of children.”

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4 thoughts on “Biblical Maximalist to Invade New Zealand and Australia: Iain Provan brings some North American biblical paraphrasing Downunder

  1. What a relief for Isabel then. Was ready to sacrifice her to get this PhD – like so many parents do … Will put away the knife now.

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  2. And to think, I knew him when… back in our Edinburgh days. Was a time I was so desperate for a job I interviewed with him for a post at Regent. Looks like I ducked under that knife.

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