A focus on the New Testament Gospel of Mark, which is thought to be the earliest gospel. We will explore early Jewish religious and cultural influences to Mark’s writing while focusing on the decisive intellectual achievements of Christianity that were explored and understood in Africa, long before they were in Europe. Get more information here.
An Introduction to the Wisdom Books. Get more information here.
Scripture is like a meal, best savored in small bites, and slowly chewed and consumed in order to fully savor its nuances of flavor — stretch your thinking and expand your spirit as you spend time alone or to share with others. We will talk about Psalm 23 phrase by phrase, and provided several translations and interpretations, both from Jewish as well as Christian sources. We will cover just one phrase per week – try it at whatever pace or intensity you think is good.
An inter-faith study from the Hebrew Bible on the very short Book of Ruth. Although dated to the 5th Century BCE, the story of Ruth and Naomi is startling in its current relevance for our lives. It depicts struggles between famine and starvation, pestilence and death, immigration, crossing cultural and religious boundaries between men and women, rich and poor, insiders and outsiders.
The story theme is captured in the Hebrew words, hesed, and baruk/berukah – We are blessed by and we bless others; and we act in faithfulness toward them. Isn’t that what we see going on in the world at this time? We are awed by the acts of hesed and sacrifice for others going on around us during the COVID-19 crisis.
We aspire to share meaningfully with those whose faith practices are central to their lifestyles and also those who may be curious as to how anyone in our time would still want to turn to manuscripts thousands of years old for guidance!