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Wed 20 Feb 2019 @ 13:48

@tallandrew @ShervingtonD @frsimoncuff @ElaineGraham2 Lots of updated examples, new introduction, and bibliographies brought up to date

In the Beginning There Was Darkness

A Blind Person's Conversations with the Bible


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ISBN-13: 9780334028215
Published: 01/01/2001
Product description

When John Hull went blind he realised that the Bible was written by sighted people. Even Jesus shared in the attitudes of his day towards blindness. In writing this exceptional book, Hull ignored the printed text and listened to the Bible on tape. The result is an entirely novel interpretation, which challenges the sighted monopology yet brings fresh insights into the Bible for both sighted and blind.

This book makes a powerful contribution to the burgeoning interest in theologies of disability. 'A masterpiece ...' Oliver Sacks on Teaching the Rock in the New York Review of Books

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John Hull

John Martin Hull B.Ed. M.A. Ph.D. Litt.D. (22 April 1935 – 28 July 2015) was Emeritus Professor of Religious Education at the University of Birmingham. He was the author of a number of books and many articles in the fields of religious education, practical theology, and disability. He was the author of Mission-Shaped Church: A Theological Response (2006), a serious theological evaluation of the framework within which the Anglican policy document 'Mission-Shaped Church' is presented, raising questions about the concepts of Kingdom, Church, Gospel and Mission.

John M. Hull

John M Hull is Professor of Religious Education in the University of Birmingham and President of the National Christian Education Council. His books include On Sight and Insight, Touching the Rock, Utopian Whispers and Hellenistic Magic and the Synoptic Tradition.

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"This is a book to get you started on the road to growth. You may not like it all. You may not agree with it all. Your experience might be different. But this is a book you can't ignore. If you've ever been stuck on the hard shoulder, and sighed with relief to see the breakdown van arriving, then you'll have an idea of how helpful this book might be." -- Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Reading

"If you want your church to grow there are few better places to start than this. It's based on thorough research, it's very readable, and it's well applied. Moreover, it's not prescriptive; rather it helps church members to tap their existing experience, while learning from other churches and, with God's help, discover their own church's road to growth". -- John Coles, Director, New Wine

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Wed 20 Feb 2019 @ 13:48

@tallandrew @ShervingtonD @frsimoncuff @ElaineGraham2 Lots of updated examples, new introduction, and bibliographies brought up to date

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