Bible Meets Art: Visual Interpretation of Scripture

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Bible Meets Art: Visual Interpretation of Scripture

Join VTS Professor Dr. Stephen Cook (online or in-person) in an exploration of how the visual arts inform and enrich study of scripture.

By Virginia Theological Seminary

When and where

Date and time

September 20, 2021 · 4pm - October 25, 2021 · 5:30pm PDT



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About this event

This event is brought to you by the department of Lifelong Learning at Virginia Theological Seminary

This class will meet on six consecutive Monday evenings (Sept 20 - Oct 25) with ticket options that allow for both online and in-person options from 7 - 8:30 p.m. eastern. Review our Campus Map to see if in-person participation is an option for you.

(Re)engage the Bible in strikingly new ways through a dialogue between scriptural texts and compelling artworks from across history and cultures. Rather than a course in art history, this offering engages scripture anew, using visual art that opens the biblical text and offers new perspectives on its theological and spiritual themes.

Our visual interpretations focus on the Fall 2021 Sunday lectionary texts, the specific scriptures assigned for the time around the course. Class members who attend church or who preach or teach in the church will deeply engage the very scriptures assigned for the faithful to hear and study in the period before Advent 2021. A tentative list of texts for the offering is as follows:

Week 1: Genesis 2 and Psalm 8

Week 2: Ruth 3–4 and 1 Samuel 1

Week 3: Psalm 16, Psalm34, and Psalm 91

Week 4: Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53

Week 5: Job 2, Job 38, and Job 42

Week 6: 1 Kings 17, Daniel 7, and Daniel 12

Stephen Cook, Ph.D. is the Catherine N. McBurney Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature at Virginia Theological Seminary and has served the seminary as a professor of Bible for twenty-five years. There is more information about him at his website:

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About the organizer

Led by the Holy Spirit, Virginia Theological Seminary forms and educates leaders who proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helps others participate in God’s mission throughout the world. We are a racially and culturally diverse residential community of The Episcopal Church, devoted to worship & prayer; teaching & learning; and research & service to the wider church.