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A History of the Bible, from Ancient Words to Modern Translation


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Ave San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States (map)

Dates: 3 Mondays, Oct. 26, Nov. 2, and 9

Time: 7 – 9 p.m.    

Leader: James Adair, Jr., Ph.D.

Tuition: $35 / 3 sessions

Register By: Oct. 19

Enrollment: 12 min. / 35 max.

How did the Bible make its way from words spoken by the prophets or letters written by an apostle to the modern translations we have today? Adair will present how the books of the Bible were written, when, by whom, and in which languages. He will then discuss the roles of copyists, scribes, and those who gathered the individual books into larger collections. Finally, he will examine the techniques involved in translating the books from their original languages into other ancient languages and eventually into modern languages as well, including a discussion of the challenges involved in transforming an ancient text into a book that speaks to the present generation of readers.

About the Instructor: James R. Adair, Jr., Ph.D. has taught courses in biblical, theological, and historical studies at the university and seminary level for more than twenty-five years. A native of San Antonio, he studied and worked in Fort Worth, Cape Town, and Atlanta before returning to Texas in 2004. He currently works at UTSA in the Office of Undergraduate Studies and teaches courses for Logsdon School of Theology.