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'Find out more about the world Bede lived in. The Saturday Talks, sponsored by the Friends of Bede’s World, highlight various aspects of Bede’s Northumbria giving you a valuable insight into the Anglo-Saxon world. Talks take place at Bede’s World museum on the last Saturday of most months at 12 noon. Normal museum admission charges apply; entry is free to members of the Friends of Bede’s World.'
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Jarrow Lecture | Wearmouth Lecture
Church Bank, Jarrow, South Tyneside, NE32 3DY, North East,
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15 January 2016
'Bede was born in AD 673 on the lands of the monastery and at the age of 7 was entrusted to the care of Benedict Biscop, the founder of the monastery. He spent the rest of his life in the monastery, having been ordained deacon at the age of 19 and priest at 30. He died there in the year 735.

'Bede worked as scholar and teacher and wrote extensively about the Bible to clarify its meaning for his own study and that of the other monks. His commentaries on the books of the Bible were subsequently sought and circulated widely. Bishop Boniface wrote of Bede that he "shone forth as a lantern in the church by his scriptural commentary."

'Bede is best known as the author of The Ecclesiastical History of the English People (AD 731). This work is our primary source for understanding the beginnings of the English people and the coming of Christianity and was the first work of history in which the AD dating system is used.

'Bede’s scholarship covered many areas beyond Christianity. He wrote of nature, of how the earth was a sphere and how the moon influences the cycle of the tides – a remarkable observation in this era of time. He wrote on calculating time and by using Bede’s exposition of the Great Cycle of 532 years - the interval between two "identical" years - the Church was able to calculate the date of Easter.'
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