Meredith Lake - The Bible in Australia​

Friday 27 July 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Tickets $7.50, Book (The Bible in Australia) $39.99
Tickets available until 27 July 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname. 

Join the editor of the ABC’s Religion and Ethics website and co-presenter of The Minefield Scott Stephens, who is in-conversation with Meredith Lake discussing The Bible in Australia: A cultural history.

Koby Abberton emerges like a shark on to the sand at  Maroubra Beach. Tattooed from shoulder to shoulder, his body bares letters like teeth: ‘My brothers keeper’.

In this surprising and revelatory history of the Bible in Australia, Meredith Lake gets under the skin of a text that’s been read, wrestled with, preached and tattooed, and believed to be everything from a resented imposition to the very Word of God. The Bible in Australia explores how in the hands of Bible-bashers, immigrants, suffragists, evangelists, unionists, writers, artists and Indigenous Australians, the Bible has played a contested but defining role in this country.

"Vivid story-telling and impossible to put down. Meredith Lake brings the Bible’s chameleon-like presence in Australia’s past alive. At last, this long-neglected yet profoundly important aspect of Australian history has found its true historian. A remarkable achievement." Mark McKenna 

"From the opening words about Bra Boy tattoos, this book  had me gripped. It breathes colour, poetry and life into our understanding of the Bible in Australia. A vital, much-needed addition to our understanding of faith in our country." Julia Baird

Meredith Lake is an historian with a PhD from the University of Sydney, where she has also taught courses in Australian history.

Read Bromby Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Trinity College, University of Divinity, Robyn J. Whitaker's book review at The Converation HERE

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