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Book Study: “Short Stories by Jesus”
September 12, 2019 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until September 19, 2019
An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Sunday, repeating until September 22, 2019
An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Sunday, repeating until September 22, 2019
Three class options:
Option 1 |Thursdays, September 5, 12 & 19, 2019 OPTION 1 FULL
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 334
Childcare available with reservation to Paula Wagstaff (email@example.com)
Option 2 | Sundays, September 8, 15 & 22, 2019
9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 335
Option 3 | Sundays, September 8, 15 & 22, 2019
11:00 am – noon | Room 335
Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration required
Book available for $11 until August 20
Rev. Linda McDermott will lead this three-week study (offered at three different times) of Jesus’ parables using the new book by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. In her wise, entertaining, and educational book, “Short Stories By Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi,” Dr. Levine provides a very new perspective on Jesus’ parables. As a leading New Testament scholar and popular writer, Dr. Levine interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, expose their misinterpretations, and make them lively and relevant for today’s readers.
Participants will need to order the book and be prepared to discuss the first two chapters at the first meeting. The book is available through the church for $11 until August 20.
“Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity…. In “Short Stories by Jesus,” Dr. Levine analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them… With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us — and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.”