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Biblical Theology Class: The Prophets

W.T. Branton

Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (CST)

Biblical Theology Class: The Prophets
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How can we fully understand and appreciate faith if we don’t know and understand the texts it's based on?

Learn to understand the Bible better and more deeply, grapple with difficult and obscure "dark" passages, explore the historical-cultural backgrounds of biblical stories, even learn how to harmonize ancient stories like Genesis with our modern world, science, and culture. Whether you're a casual reader, a theologian, a cradle-Christian, a recent convert, or even just a religiously unaffiliated person who's curious or loves to learn, all are welcome. This is a lecture-discussion class that is led by a presentation and enriched by questions and conversation. If you haven't attended previous classes, or even if you've never opened a Bible, you're still welcome to attend, learn, discuss, and find out how ancient this ancient text can apply to your everyday life in new ways.

The current class topic is the Old Testament Books of the Prophets (Jonah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.), which will continue into December.

This class has only 3 major rules:

1. While there are some wrong answers to biblical interpretation, there certainly aren't many. So, we avoid labelling interpretations as outright "wrong" or "right," but rather explore how they might be understood in different ways.
2. We don't judge opinions or preconceptions, but rather we make distinctions. There are a lot of denominations of Christianity out there and even a lot of other religions that still read the Judeo-Christian Scriptures. As such, there are a lot of different ways to read the Bible. So, we take time to distinguish between the different cultural and religious perspectives.
3. Read everything in context. There is no text in the world that makes sense without some understanding of who wrote it, when they wrote it, where they wrote it, and why they wrote it. Biblical passages taken out of context have done tremendous damage throughout history, so we seek to clarify not only what the stories mean to us today, but what they meant in their unique time and place, and what they mean in the context of the entire Bible.

I look forward to seeing you there. And, remember, as St. Jerome once said,
"Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ."

Instructor, Thomas Branton holds a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies with a concentration in Old Testament Scripture from Notre Dame Graduate Seminary College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts with concentrations in sculpture and art history from Lousiana State University.

Have questions about Biblical Theology Class: The Prophets? Contact W.T. Branton

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St Michael's Episcopal Church
4499 Sharp Road
Mandeville, LA 70471

Sunday, December 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 PM (CST)

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