WHAT IS THE BLENHEIM BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM?
The Blenheim program examines the Bible in relation to its canon history and thus helps to illuminate the people, events and perspectives described there in terms of how they helped to shape the development of the canon.
Begun in 1993, at the Blenheim Retreat Centre, the Blenheim program grew out of the research and study of John W. Miller, Professor Emeritus at Conrad Grebel University College.
It was relaunched in 2012 with updated curriculum as an ecumenical program aimed at both ministers and lay persons with a focus on understanding the Bible in relation to canon history (the coming together of biblical texts into scripture).
In the annual Book Awards of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada the textbook on which the Blenheim Bible Study program is based, How the Bible Came to Be, Exploring the Narrative and Message (Paulist Press 2004), was awarded First Place in the “Scripture” category.
The following citation accompanied the announcement of this award:
“This book will be very useful for students of the Bible. It addresses some of the most asked questions about the formation of the Scriptures. Miller’s canon history approach could have important ecumenical benefits, as well as reinforcing a greater appreciation of the many sources that contributed to the Bible. In addition, this book could help to correct some of the most threatening dangers of religious fundamentalism such as supersessionalism and triumphalism.”