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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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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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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