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We are really pleased to announce that the new book by Dr Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds) First Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible, has been published by Bloomsbury and is available to buy.  As the publishers explain:  “‘Incest’ refers to illegal sexual relations between family members. Its precise contours, however, are...

By Dr Tasia Scrutton, University of Leeds What has religion got to do with mental health and mental illness? One way of answering this question is to look at the ways in which different interpretations of mental illness influence people’s experiences of it. This is not only true of religious...

Dr Stefan Skrimshire, University of Leeds In the weeks leading up to the referendum, both Leave and Remain campaigners were accused of invoking apocalyptic scenarios. For instance, EU president Donald Tusk told Bild newspaper, “as a historian I fear that Brexit could be the beginning of the destruction of not...

Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds) and Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield) have written a great piece for The Conversation, which we re-publish (with permission) below: The greatest taboo? What The Bible says about incest Katie Edwards, University of Sheffield and Johanna Stiebert, University of Leeds Incest sparks strong emotions –...

By Dr Johanna Stiebert While I cannot take any credit, I do feel enormous pride for the vibrant event that was Orange is the new Bible, hosted by the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) on 19 February 2016, and organized by TRS of Leeds alumni Joanne Merrygold and...

7th April 2016, 13.00-17.00, University of Leeds Speakers Dr Barbara Bompani, University of Edinburgh Prof Ezra Chitando, University of Zimbabwe Rev Jide Macaulay, House of Rainbow Ministries Dr Adriaan van Klinken, University of Leeds Dr Matthew Waites, University of Glasgow   Occasion The symposium marks the launch of two books,...