Christian Formation

The first session of the program year for Adult Education begins September 11th. This year the focus is on The Old Testament using The Great Courses seri es.  The lecturer is Dr. Amy-Jill Levine University Professor of  New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences.   Each week the group will view a 30 minute video followed by a 15 minute discussion. 

 
The Adult Education group invites to come and learn more about the Bible and our life of faith. The method of the course is to discuss especially interesting or prominent passages from a cross-section of all the genres the Old Testament contains, using each passage as an example of how to apply a particular method of interpretation to the Bible. Through these lectures, you will not only probe the content of the biblical books, but you will also explore debates over their meaning, the historical and cultural situations they reflect and address, and the critical method s by which they have been interpreted.


A tentative schedule is listed below, and is subject to change

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 9/11 IN THE BEGINNING                                                                                                                                                                                  9/18 ADAM AND EVE
 9/25 MURDER, FLOOD, and DIASPORA    
10/2  ABRAHAM, SARAH, AND HAGAR  
10/9  ISAAC
10/16  THE JACOB SAGA
10/23  FOLKLORE ANALYSIS AND TYPE SERVICE
10/30  MOSES AND EXODUS
11/6  THE GOD OF ISRAEL
11/13  COVENANT AND LAW, PART 1
11/20  COVENANT AND THE LAW, PART 2
11/27  THE “CONQUEST”
12/4  THE BOOK OF JUDGES, PART 1
12/11  THE BOOK OF JUDGES, PART 2
12/18  SAMUEL AND SAUL
1/8  KING DAVID
1/15  FROM KING SOLOMON TO PRECLASSICAL PROPHECY    
1/22  THE PROPHETS AND THE FALL OF THE NORTH
1/29  THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM
2/5   BABYLONIAN EXILE
2/12  RESTORATION AND THEOCRACY    
2/19  WISDOM LITERATURE   
2/26 LIFE IN THE DIASPORA    
3/5 APOCALYPTIC LITERATURE   

We meet in the Noe Building at 9am. The coffee and fellowship is free.

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