Writings that Form the Spiritual Bedrock for Millions
Even if you know the Old Testament well, you will find it enlightening to hear Professor Levine discuss how it appears against the larger background of the ancient Near East as revealed by research in archaeology, cross-cultural studies, and comparative religion.
Even were one to argue that the text is divinely inspired or dictated by God, one might still want to know as much as possible about the particulars: Why these words? Why this order? Why this social context? Why this translation?
Although she focuses on historical and literary issues, Professor Levine also provides thoughtful reflections and useful information on the religious questions that arise from these sacred texts, and the lectures do not avoid raising issues of religious concern.
The goal of an academic course in biblical studies, she maintains, is not to undermine religious faith, but to use the best available knowledge and research to give believers richer insight into the writings that form their spiritual bedrock.
Below are the dates for 2019 and the respective topics that will be discussed Sundays at 5:10pm in our Fellowship Hall for class.
|The Jacob Saga||17-Mar|
|Folklore Anaysis and Type Scenes||24-Mar|
|Moses and Exodus||7-Apr|
|The God of Isreal||14-Apr|
|Covenant and Law Part 1||28-Apr|
|Covenant and Law Part 2||5-May|