Ashland Theological Seminary to Host Lecture on the "Rewritten" Bible

1/9/12 ASHLAND, OH -- Dr. John Byron, associate professor of New Testament and Greek at Ashland Theological Seminary, will present a lecture titled "Rewriting the Bible: Versions of Bible Stories Your Sunday School Teacher Didn't Know," on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. in the Smetzer Auditorium inside the Gerber Academic Building on the Ashland Theological Seminary campus.

It is not uncommon to hear comments in the media claiming that the Bible has been changed and/or altered over time. These sound bites leave the average Bible reader wondering: Did scribes in antiquity change some of the stories in the Bible and if so why? In this lecture, Dr. Byron will look at an ancient practice of interpretation sometimes called "rewritten" Bible.

Dr. Byron will provide examples of how stories were sometimes expanded and/or altered by Jewish and Christian interpreters and will explain why these scribes felt they could and should interpret the Bible this way. Dr. Byron has recently published a book on ways that the Cain and Abel story was reinterpreted, which will be a particular focus of the lecture.

The evening lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a light reception and an opportunity to tour the Seminary's Bible Museum. For more information on the event or to register, please visit, email or contact Amy Burns at 419-289-5462.

Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.