The Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence is a study centre dedicated to working in the area of the interpretation of biblical texts of violence. It exists to promote and conduct high-quality scholarship, and to serve the churches in the UK and internationally by offering accessible resources to equip them to read the scriptural texts of violence well.
It is our conviction that the Bible, God’s word to us, has a trajectory that points to God’s heart for peace and justice. We are convinced that the highest revelation of the character of God is found in Christ crucified, but that faithful, rigorous biblical interpretation can help us to reveal the upright and loving character of God in both Testaments.
We are therefore dedicated to rigorous, honest scholarship which does not shy away from asking hard questions of the text and interpreters. At core, we are committed to a confessional, faithful reading of scripture, but we are also committed to respectful dialogue with scholars from many faith backgrounds and ideological stances.
We are deeply disturbed by the violent purposes to which scripture has been applied over the centuries and still today, and our primary aim is to develop and teach methods of interpreting and applying difficult biblical passages in ways which lead to peace, and confidence in the goodness of God. We hope thereby to enable the church to offer counter-violent counter-extremist narratives in situations of conflict or tension.
The Centre operates with two arms.
1. The Academic Arm of the Centre focuses on undertaking and facilitating cutting-edge postgraduate research in the area, and offering postgraduate academic teaching.
2. The Applied Arm of the Centre focuses on delivering meaningful, accessible resources to the churches in the UK and internationally.