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Posted by Ros Clarke, 15 Oct 2018

Ros Clarke and Amanda Robbie discuss Krish Kandiah's book, Faitheism

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Posted by Michael Dormandy, 12 Oct 2018

Michael Dormandy reviews the new edition of the Greek New Testament from Tyndale House, Cambridge

Academic heads have recently been turned by a new edition of the Greek New Testament, produced by a team of evangelical scholars, based at Tyndale House, Cambridge. The Tyndale House Edition (THE) has a number of advantages over other editions of the Greek NT, relevant for scholars, pastors, students and any Christians keen to read the Bible in its original languages. It would make a lovely gift to someone starting on Greek. I was involved peripherally in producing the THE and my doctoral supervisor is the senior editor, so I must admit a degree of bias.

What, then, are the advantages of the THE? First, and least importantly, aesthetics. The THE looks and feels like a Bible, not a mere tool for academic research. There are a number of hard-back and leatherbound formats, produced by both CUP and Crossway. All of them are beautiful to hold and read. Most modern editions of the Greek NT fill about a third of each page with symbols and notes on variant readings, of interest only to scholars. The THE presents only the most important and interesting information, which means the page is uncluttered and clear. Secondly, reading the New Testament with the early Christians. The editors of the THE have attempted to reproduce the writing conventions of the earliest scribes and readers for whom we have evidence. Most modern editions of the Greek New Testament use a system of spellings, breathings and accents dating to the Middle Ages. Where possible, the THE uses the forms from the early papyri.

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Picture of St Thomas's, Kidsgrove congregation; St Peter's, Harold Wood church building; a street sign and bike in Cowley, Oxford.

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Posted by Ros Clarke, 10 Oct 2018

Church Society regularly advertise vacancies which might be of interest to our members, including those in Church Society Trust parishes.

On the Church Society vacancies page at the moment, we have listings for a Schools’ Chaplain and Youth Worker, an Associate Minister, and a leader for a new church plant.

There are also clergy vacancies in Church Society Trust churches, currently including parishes in Southwark, Chelmsford and Derby dioceses.

St Paul's Brixton; All Saints, High Roding; Immanuel, Stapenhill

If you are interested in being considered for a position in a Church Society parish, you will find the application forms on the Vacancies page. You are encouraged to complete these even if there is no current position, so that the Trustees are aware of your interest and might consider you when vacancies arise. These could include House for Duty posts suitable for retiring clergy, as well as incumbencies.

 

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Photo by Photograph of Cowley by Kamyar Adl, used under Creative Commons licence.