Have you ever been surprised to find a new detail in an old story?
Whether it’s a favourite book or an oft-repeated Bible passage, it can be easy to think we know a story so well that we hardly need to read it anymore. We set ourselves up for a surprise when we pick up that book or passage anew and find that we might not know them as well as we think.
This issue of ink is dedicated to the possibility — and joy — of seeing old favourites in a new light.
We’ll look at two of the Bible’s most famous stories, the story of David and Goliath and the Easter story, to understand how biblical scholarship can help us see them with new insight. James Bejon helps us listen for echoes of the creation story in John’s passion narrative, while Dr Kaspars Ozolins looks into the identity of the giant slayer in 2 Samuel 21.
Also in this issue, Dr Dirk Jongkind takes on another textual knot in the manuscript history of the name Jesus Barabbas. And we meet Dr Elizabeth Mburu, an academic on a mission to how the biblical text is relevant to new challenges in her context.
Speaking of seeing old favourites in a new ways, this is our first completely digital issue of Ink. We’re making the most of the new format by bringing you one of our favourite episodes from our second Trusting the Bible podcast series. In this episode Dr Andrew Ollerton is joined by Dr Ros Clarke to talk about how we read poetry and allegory in the Song of Songs.