It is not uncommon to hear comments in the media claiming that the Bible has been changed and/or altered over time. These sound bites leave the average Bible reader wondering: Did scribes in antiquity change some of the stories in the Bible and if so, why? In this lecture, Dr. John Byron will look at an ancient practice of interpretation sometimes called "rewritten" Bible. Dr. Byron will provide examples of how stories were sometimes expanded and/or altered by Jewish and Christian Interpreters and will explain why these scribes felt they could and should interpret the Bible this way. Dr. Byron has recently published a book on ways that the Cain and Abel story was reinterpreted, which will be a particular focus of the lecture.

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