Sunday, 17 June 2007

SYNEIDON Research Project

I recently came across the Syneidon Research Project based at the Graduate Institute for Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham.

According to its website, the work of "Biblical scholars is usually published in specialist journals which, together with their highly technical language, remain inaccessible to the general public. SYNEIDON is dedicated to providing an accessible and non-technical introduction to the academic research of the Old and New Testament for everyone who wishes to widen their understanding and appreciation of these texts, regardless of faith or academic ability."

Therefore, the aims of the this project are threefold:
  1. To provide informative and fun courses, all of which can be tailored to suit the needs of your church or group. The aim of each course is to stimulate thought and an active engagement with the Bible.
  2. To promote and disseminate current research in the Old and New Testament to a wider audience.
  3. To encourage opportunities for interaction between faith-based and academic approaches to the study of the Bible.
There are some very useful resources and interesting information posted on the website already. Check out the forum, the research digest, and courses suitable for church groups.

This project appears to be very promising, and it is a very useful introduction not only to those who are interested in biblical studies but also to beginning seminary students.

It has always been my dream to create something similar with the SYNEIDON project where academic research of biblical studies can be made accessible in non-technical language to the wider audience. I wish this project every success.

Perhaps a Malaysian version of this website can be created where resources suited for the local context can be promoted and shared. At the same time, perhaps courses suitable for church groups can also be designed to benefit, equip, and empower the wider audience. Any adventurous takers out there? If so, I would love to hear from you.


Alex Tang said...

hi Kay Yong,

That sounds like a much needed project. The need is to bridge the academia with the common folks. Communications and languages are the obstracles. This is what I have been trying with my website


Kar Yong said...

Thanks Alex.

Let's explore what we can further do about this. Coming from the east coast, I'm concerned for the churches there as well. I believe they are in need of much encouragement as well.

Keropok Udang said...

we have some east msian brothers and sisters on the team at Cahaya Nusantara with the hope of doing that too :)

Kar Yong said...

Dear Keropok Udang,

This is great. Let's get the conversation going.