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Wednesday Bible Study

by Carolyn Swanson

New Exciting News from Old Wednesday’s Bible Study

Wednesdays, 10:30am – noon

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In this case “old” doesn’t mean boring; however, “new” does mean exciting. Beginning Wednesday, February 24th, at 10:30am, we will begin a great course study, The History and Archaeology of the Bible.

It is presented by National Geographic Historian Jean-Pierre Isbouts, DLitt: Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a National Geographic Historian and a member of the Doctoral Faculty in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. He earned his D.Litt. at Leiden University

These are the places we will visit:

1 The World of Genesis

2 The Tower of Babel

3 The Journeys of Abraham

4 Joseph in Egypt

5 The Story of Moses

6 The Mystery of the Exodus

7 The Settlement in the Promised Land

8 The Rise of the Israelite Monarchy

9 The Kingdom of David

10 The Temple of Solomon

11 The Northern Kingdom of Israel

12 The Rise of Assyria

13 The Rise and Fall of Judah

14 The Persian Era

15 The Empire of Alexander the Great

16 Judea in the Early Roman Empire

17 The Kingdom of Herod the Great

18 The World of the Gospels

19 The Birth of Jesus

20 Young Jesus

21 Jesus and John the Baptist.

22 The Ministry of Jesus

23 The Passover Events in Jerusalem

24 The Rise of Christianity

This course offers an in-depth overview of the most important archaeological discoveries related to stories in the Bible, from Genesis to the Gospels. These biblical stories did not originate in a vacuum; each volume emerged in a specific time and place, within a distinct social, cultural, and literary milieu. In the process, these stories were shaped by the most powerful civilizations of their time: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and imperial Rome. By traveling through the world of the Bible, we truly follow the full arc of ancient civilization.

Each lesson is devoted to a particular division or book in the Judeo-Christian Bible. This course is deliberately presented from a nondenominational perspective and is accessible to everyone. It does not conform to any particular theological orientation but treats the biblical texts as historical documents. This is also true for the question of whether the figures of the Bible were historical characters, or whether some stories are rooted in myth or biblical legend. No scholar will ever question the Bible’s moral and religious significance, but many have challenged the Bible as a reliable source of historical information. This course takes no position in the debate. It treats every biblical story as a valued conveyor of meaning, regardless of its putative historicity. Each lesson looks for parallels between the biblical stories and historical sources, including evidence of ancient cities and monuments as well as tablets, letters, and works of art.

The course will be on Zoom. The screen literally will fill up with images and script. You will not want to miss it. Hop into the series anytime.

Questions?  Carolyn Swanson,  cdkswan@gmail.com

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