Adult Bible Study
Fall Session - begins August 21st and continues bi-weekly through October
Short Stories by Jesus
By Amy-Jill Levine
Explore a fresh and timely interpretation of Jesus’ most popular teaching parables.
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 and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.
In Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill 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.
The six-session DVD features Amy-Jill Levine offering a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. An internationally renowned scholar and teacher, she is the author of numerous books including The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Bible and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us.
All are welcome to join the adult study group. The group meets on alternate Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THIS STUDY BUT CANNOT ATTEND ON WEDNESDAYS, touch base with Pastor Liz. She is happy to run another group if there are enough participants.