Talk: Hagar – Heard by God.

On 10th October 2019, an art exhibition entitled #SheToo: Silenced Women of the Bible was launched at Calne Baptist Church (sponsored by the Bible Society). The artist was Jen Ford. Helen Paynter gave an address on the story of Hagar. The art can be viewed, and the talk downloaded here.

Bible and Violence: 4 lectures

On 15 June 2019 Helen Paynter delivered a day of teaching for the GOLD project on the theme of biblical violence. You can find the audio recordings and the powerpoint in a link at the bottom of this page.

Fuelcast on Jephthah’s daughter

A short video discussing the appalling story of the sacrifice of Jephthah’s daughter in Judges 11.

Sermon on Judges 19

Informal sermon on the rape of the Levite’s “concubine”, preached by Helen Paynter at CrossNet church, Bristol, 15th June 2019.

Launch Workshop

On 4th June 2019 we held our Launch Workshop where we looked at issues such as:

  • How do we read texts of violence with victims of violence?
  • How can we resist the co-opting of the Bible for violent purposes?

You can find photos, recordings and notes here.

Skeptics and Seekers Podcast

On May 11th 2019, Helen had a long discussion with David Johnson, the ex-Christian of ‘Skeptics and Seekers’. You can listen to the debate here.


Helen Paynter was interviewed by Rosie Dawson in the first and last episodes of the Bible Society’s #SheToo podcast series. You can listen to her, and to the other contributors (who come from a wide variety of faith perspectives), here on the Bible Society website.


Helen Paynter was interviewed on 1st Feb 2019 by Paul Hammond at UCB Radio about the texts of sexual violence in the Old Testament. Listen to the recording here on Soundcloud.


Helen Paynter’s book ‘God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today? Wrestling honestly with the Old Testament’ BRF, May 2019.

Do you find the violence in the Old Testament a problem? Does it get in the way of reading the Bible, of faith, itself? Whilst acknowledging that there are no easy answers, in God of Violence Yesterday, God of Love Today? Helen Paynter faces the predicament head-on and demonstrates a fresh, accessible approach to something that concerns many of us. For those wanting to gain confidence in the Bible and the God it portrays, this new significant book is a must-read.
Find it here.

2018: The Whitley Lecture

In 2018 Helen delivered the Whitley Lecture, entitled ‘Dead and Buried. Attending to the voices of the victim in the Old Testament and today’ in 16 venues around the country. She blogged about it here.

The written version of the lecture can be purchased on Amazon, and a video of the lecture in Paisley can be viewed here: