Monday, 18 April 2011

Globe's Easter 'Bible Marathon' - Special Offer

This Easter, London's Globe Theatre is set to stage an Epic recital of the King James Bible to open their summer season.

The event - spread across 55 hours over seven days - is in celebration of the long oral tradition of Tyndale's great masterpiece of translation.

Audience members are invited to listen for as long as they wish during each session (considerate re-admittance and late entry permitted).

Members and Friends of The Tyndale Society can benefit from a special offer in association with The Telegraph newspaper - and pay just £12.50 for a ticket, cushion, hot drink and cake (usual price £17). To access this offer, book via the Globe's online ticketing service here or via phone on 020 7401 9919, quoting the reference: pcdtelegraph

See Henry Hitchings' write up in The Evening Standard.

The full timetable of performances is as follows:

Monday 18 April

6pm – Midnight: Joshua to 1 Samuel
This session covers Joshua through to 1 Samuel and sees the crossing into the Promised Land. Covering the great conquests of Joshua, this section of the Bible includes tales of brutal battles and the falling of the walls of Jericho. Two of the Bible’s most famous stories are included in this session, the tales of Samson and Delilah and David and Goliath.
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Tuesday 19 April

6pm – Midnight: 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2 Kings
This session features 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 2 Kings and as the names suggest details the tumultuous reigns of the Kings of Israel and Judea, including Saul, David and Soloman. The history of the Ark of the Covenant features heavily in this section of the Bible. If you ever wanted to know the origins of the term Jezebel, be sure to listen out for the story of King Ahab and Jezebel.
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Wednesday 20 April

6pm – Midnight: 1 Chronicles to Nehemiah
In 1 and 2 Chronicles the story from Genesis up to Kings is retold so if you’ve missed anything so far now is your chance to catch up. Ezra and Nehemiah deal with the re-building of the city of Jerusalem following the Babylonian destruction.
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Thursday 21 April

6pm – Midnight: Esther, Job and Psalms
This session features the book of Psalms containing 150 beautifully written hymns, psalms and prayers covering the whole range of human emotions from joy to anger, from hope to despair. Many famous verses have roots in the psalms including, ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’, ‘The Rivers of Babylon’, ‘Handel’s Messiah’. The book of Job explores the problem of sufferance in an unjust world, where God appears not to care about the fate of the just.
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Good Friday 22 April

9am4pm: Proverbs to Lamentations
This session includes the book of Proverbs often referred to as wisdom literature. Matters pertaining to personal conduct, sexual relations, business, wealth, charity, ambition, discipline, debt, child-rearing, character, alcohol, politics, revenge, and godliness are among the many topics covered in this rich collection of wise sayings. Also included in this session is the book of Song of Songs the most erotic piece of literature in the Bible filled with poems of love and lovers.
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4.30pm – Midnight: Ezekiel to the end of the Old Testament
Fourteen of the Bible’s books are covered in this session that makes up the final section of the Old Testament from Ezekiel through to Malachi. These books contain some remarkable imagery of angels and fantastic visions of the future from the prophets. Some of the Bible’s most famous lines and poems are contained in these books.This session also contains the stories of Daniel in the lion’s den, the madness of King Nebuchadnezzar and Jonah and the Whale.
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Easter Sunday 24 April

9am – 12.30pm : Matthew and Mark
The New Testament begins with the Gospels of Matthew and Mark and the life of Christ from the story of the nativity to the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. These gospels include the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus walking on water, the Feeding of the four thousand, Christ foretelling his death, the last judgement, betrayal and agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter’s denial and the deliverance to Pilate.
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1pm – 5pm: Luke and John
The gospels of Luke and John include more about the genealogy of Christ and John the Baptist. Christ’s miracles featured here include, the widow’s son raised from the dead, the healing of ten lepers and the transfiguration. The calling of the Disciples and the choosing of the Apostles is recounted in these books. One of the Bible’s best known parables, The Prodigal Son also features here.
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Easter Monday 25 April

10am – 2.30pm: Acts to 2 Corinthians
This session of the Bible gives an account of the ascension of Christ through to the earliest churches being formed, and spreading the word of the Apostles. Paul’s letters to the Romans and Corinthians contain beautifully written language with phrases such as ‘Though I speak with the tongues of Men and Angels’, ‘Through a glass darkly’ and ‘The thorn in the flesh’. This session includes the story of the conversion of Saul (into Paul) on the road to Damascus.
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3pm – 7.30pm: Galatians to the end of the New Testament
The final session contains the instructive letters of Paul and Peter with famous passages such as ‘Love thy Neighbour as thy love thyself’ and ‘The love of money is the root of all evil’. Peter’s letters are considered one of the finest pieces of writing in the New Testament. They take stories from the Old Testament, such as Noah, and Sodom and Gomorrah, to contextualise the teachings. The explosive finale of the Bible recital comes in the book of Revelation. It is an apocalypse. Revelation brings together the worlds of heaven, earth, and hell in a final confrontation between the forces of good and evil.
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