Jan
13
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Luke

Luke on a World Upside Down

[Luke] The gospel of Luke is home to some of the New Testament’s best-loved passages. Here, Professor Loester asks you to consider the more subversive dimensions of Luke’s narrative. How do the inaugural sermon at Nazareth and the parables of the good Samaritan and the prodigal son challenge established patterns? How do they demonstrate the values espoused by Jesus?

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Jan
20
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--John 1-10

John on the Word Made Flesh

[John 1-12] In the first of two lectures on the gospel of John, probe the first 12 chapter of this book’s poetic prose, which takes readers back to the dawn of time. What does it mean for Jesus to embody the word of God in the flesh? Consider possible answers in this most distinctive account of Jesus’s life.

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Jan
27
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--John 13-21

Self-Giving Love According to John

[John 13-21] If Jesus is the giver of life, how does his crucifixion fit into the New Testament’s larger spiritual narrative? To consider this question, you’ll have to find new ways to think about events like the Last Supper, the Farewell Discourses, the crucifixion itself, and the story of doubting Thomas.

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Dec
2
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Matthew

The Dynamics of Forgiveness in Matthew

[Matthew] Learn how Matthew reshaped the story of Jesus in startling new ways, specifically with its ideas on forgiveness. Start by confronting Jesus’s relationship to Israel’s heritage. Then, read between the lines of the iconic Sermon on the Mount. Finally, examine the coexistence of faith and doubt during Jesus’ resurrection.

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Nov
11
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Mark 1-10

Jesus as Messiah in Mark

[Mark 1-10] Begin your look at the New Testament with the first of several lectures on the four gospels—the narratives of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. In Mark (which was likely the first to be written), you’ll be reintroduced to the powerful story that continues to captivate people around the world.

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Oct
28
9:46 AM09:46

No Class Today--Reformation Sunday

No class today due to Reformation Sunday—enjoy our services as well as the additional service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC

The Metro DC Synod will again be hosting the Reformation Service at the National Cathedral today, Sunday, October 28th at 4:00 PM. All are invited to this service. Bishop Graham will be preaching.

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Oct
21
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--1 Maccabees

Resistance, Adaptation, and the Maccabees

[1 Maccabees] Dive into Jewish life under Greek rule in the 2nd century BC in 1 Maccabees. View the struggle for Jewish independence as a dramatic story marked by the tension between resistance and adaptation. Also, consider the debate over whether or not this book truly belongs in the Bible.

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Oct
14
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Esther, Daniel

Esther, Daniel, and Life under Empire

[Esther, Daniel] Delightful and playful, the books of Esther and Daniel tell stories of life under the Babylonian, Median, Persian, and Greek empires. Here, you’ll learn how these two important biblical heroes respectively illustrate the value of human initiative and the call for resistance against injustice and oppression.

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Oct
7
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah

Jewish Identity and Rebuilding after Exile

[Ezra, Nehemiah, Jonah] What did it mean to be Jewish after the Babylonian Exile? Professor Koester examines biblical books that offer differing perspectives. On one end:  Ezra and Nehemiah, which define Israel by the temple, Jewish law, and Jerusalem. On the other:  Jonah, where Israel’s identity is defined by the way it related to the other peoples around it.

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Sep
30
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Ezekiel

Ezekiel on Abandonment and Homecoming

[Ezekiel] Experience the dislocation of the Babylonian Exile with a close reading of the book of Ezekiel’s perspectives on abandonment and homecoming. You’ll trace this movement from Chapters 1-32 (which castigate the people for abandoning God to idolatry) to Chapters 33-48 (which include stirring visions of renewal).

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Sep
23
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--2 Kings, Lamentations, Habakkuk

Babylonian Conquest and Exile

[2 Kings, Lamentations, Habakkuk] In 587 BC, the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem. Explore the trauma of this cataclysmic moment through three biblical books:  2 Kings, which tries to explain the events of the loss of Jerusalem; Lamentations, which gives voice to the anger and grief of exile; and Habakkuk, which helps us come to terms with life’s unanswered questions.

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Sep
16
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Jeremiah

Welcome back! As promised, we are continuing with this series beginning this week. Hope you all enjoyed your summer 'off'—hope to see you this Sunday!

Jeremiah on Anguish and Compassion

[Jeremiah] The book of Jeremiah takes as its goal the reconciliation between God and Israel. How does the prophet hope to achieve this? Find out by studying Jeremiah’s vision of national transformation in the context of the larger geopolitics of ancient Israel—and the collision point of love, anger, grief, and longing.

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Jun
10
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Isaiah

Please note that this will be the last Sunday we will meet until Sunday School classes begin again in September--we will continue with this series at that time. Enjoy your summer 'off' and stay tuned! See you in September!

Isaiah on Defiant Hope

[Isaiah] Go beyond the book of Isaiah’s prophetic imagery to focus on the narrative’s powerful, lasting visions of hope—and some of its disturbing passages on warfare and injustice. As you’ll discover, these contradictions offer numerous challenges and rewards for the attentive reader who refuses to give in to despair.

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Jun
3
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Amos and Hosea

Justice and Love in Amos and Hosea

[Amos, Hosea] Discover how the prophets Amos and Hosea shattered the idea of spiritual indifference. First, learn how Amos portrayed a God committed to social justice and a society where people were treated decently. Then, learn Hosea’s views on a rejected, angry God who wantes to be reconciled with the people he loves.

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May
20
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job

Biblical Wisdom Literature

[Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job] Questions about the meaning of life abound in the Bible’s books of wisdom literature:  Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. Join Professor Koester as he unpacks each book’s distinctive character and outlook, the answers it offers to life’s questions (sometimes straightforward, sometimes nebulous), and its contribution to a fascinating dialogue on how to live.

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Apr
29
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--2 Samuel

David and Nation Building

[2 Samuel] Go beyond the heroic portrayals of David in Western art to reveal the vibrant heart of the fascinating figure described in 2 Samuel. You’ll read between the lines of David’s early triumphs, his relationship with God, his infidelity and brutality, and the tragic shattering of relationships within his own family.

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Apr
15
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Joshua, Judges, Ruth

Violence and Kindness in the Promised Land

[Joshua, Judges, Ruth] turn now to Joshua, Judges, and Ruth, which challenge the idea of the Promised Land as a place of simple peace and prosperity. In comparing these three books, you’ll witness disturbing accounts of violent conquest and explore the tragic consequences of that violence, and yet you’ll also encounter remarkable instances of acceptance and welcome of foreigners.

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Apr
8
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Israel’s Wandering in the Wilderness

[Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy] Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—three biblical books everyday readers find challenging to read and relate to their own lives. But with Professor Koester’s insights, you’ll come to see these books (with all their strange ancient rituals) as vital to a complete understanding of the Bible’s narrative movement from Mount Sinai to the edge of the Promised Land.

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Mar
25
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Exodus 16-40

[Exodus 16-40] What happens after an enslaved people are set free? How is freedom lived out? Continue exploring Exodus with chapters 16-40, in which ancient laws and ideas of freedom begin to take root. Along the way, you’ll study different interpretations of manna “and break down the different groupings of the Ten Commandments.”

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Mar
18
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Exodus 1-15

[Exodus 1-15] Both encouraging and threatening, Exodus 1-15 is one of the Bible’s most thrilling stories. First, consider the story’s literary setting (and its surprising humor). Then, discover its focus on two different forms of power:  God’s and pharaoh’s. Finally, see how the events in Exodus have resonated throughout subsequent history.

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Mar
4
9:46 AM09:46

"Reading the Bible: Genesis to Revelation"--Genesis 12-25

[Genesis 12-25] Abraham’s spiritual legacy is nothing short of profound—yet his story also includes some little-appreciated humor. Delve into the biblical text and consider how Israel’s patriarch is portrayed in Genesis 12-25. How is the overarching theme of promises reflected in his relationships with Sarah, Isaac, and God? Get to know Abraham as both exemplary and short-sighted—a much more relatable and well-rounded figure.

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