The Bible as Canon of the Church

Have you ever wondered how the bits and pieces of the biblical books and passages fit together as one united voice? If you have, then these talks are for you! Come and learn from a world renowned scholar on the profound meaning and theological beauty of the Bible as Canon of the Christian Church.

Session 1: The Character of Christian Scripture

The Bible is a unique literary witness to God in Christ. It has a particular form and design by which it accomplishes its purpose. It has been preserved in communities of faith who have been guided by its literary witness.

After an introduction to the theme, we will look at the Letter to the Colossians to give one example of how scripture emerges from the live preaching of the apostles and prophets.

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016
Time: 8pm-9.30pm
Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral, New Sanctuary

Session 2: The Design of Christian Scripture

The form of the literary witness of scripture is an important index for how the message is conveyed and is intended to be received.

We will examine three examples. The first is Ecclesiastes, in relation to Proverbs and Song of Songs. The second of the Gospel of John, in relation to the Gospels and Acts.  The third is the Psalter, which presents 150 individual psalms in a coherent total presentation.

Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016
Time: 8pm-9.30pm
Venue: St Andrew’s Cathedral, New Sanctuary

Special Afternoon Talk for Pastors and Ministry Leaders!
The Use of Israel’s Scriptures in Hebrews

Among all the books of the NT, Hebrews is well-known for using the OT very frequently and distinctively. The talk will therefore examine the numerous ways this document uses the OT, and treats especially the thorny problem of how it relates the new in Christ with the old of Israel’s scriptures. It will also map out how we can learn from it in the way we approach Scriptures today, both the OT and the NT.

Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016
Time: 1.30pm-3pm
Venue: Trinity Theological College (Multi-Purpose Hall)


Christopher Seitz was Professor of Old Testament at Yale University and the University of St Andrews before going to Wycliffe College, University of Toronto in 2007 to be the Senior Research Professor of Biblical Interpretation. He has been a fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Luce Foundation, and the Center for Theological Inquiry. Ordained as an Episcopal priest, he has served in many parishes across the globe. His publications on the OT and biblical interpretation are widely acclaimed and cited.