Outline for the Hebrew Scripture Study
Two Year Interfaith Bible Study: Year #2 – The Christian Scriptures

Teachers: Rabbi Dr. Misha Zinkow and Rev. Dr. Tim Ahrens

The Outline for the Christian Scripture Study for Year #2 of two-year study
The class will meet from 7-8:30pm on Monday Nights in the following three blocks of classes

First Session (five classes)
Introduction the story of Jesus, his words, teachings, healing stories, parables and the narrative of the crucifixion and resurrection found in the Gospel of Mark, Matthew, Luke (And Acts) and John (and the Letters of John)

November 7 - Introduction to the “New” Testament or Christian Scriptures - Getting to know the land, the people, the geography and the periods of history and how we read the Christian Scriptures (Chapter 1 in a Guide Through the New Testament).

November 14 – The Gospel of Mark -Intro., On the “Synoptic Problem,” “Messiah,” Intros to Parables and Miracles (Chapter 2 and read Mark).

November 21The Gospel of Matthew - Intro to MT., “Kingdom of Heaven,” Torah and Pharisees, The Beatitudes (Chapter 3 and read Matthew).

November 28 – The Gospel of Luke and The Acts of the Apostles – Into to Luke/Acts, Birth and Infancy Narratives, Healing Stories of Luke, The Early Church (Chapter 4 and read Luke and Acts of the Apostles).

December 5 – The Gospel of John and the Letters of John – Intro to John, “Signs and Wonders” in John, “I am” Discourses, The Work of the Holy Spirit, and the three letters (Chapter 5 and Read John, the three letters of John).
  • Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Year! –
Second Session (six classes)
January 23 – Paul and the First letters of Thessalonians and Corinthians – Who is Paul? How did this first Evangelist shape and spread the Christian Faith? He writes his first letters in the second half of the First Century of the Common Era (Chapters 6 and 7, and read I and II Thessalonians, I and II Corinthians).

January 30 – Letters to Galatians and Romans – Questions of Freedom, Sin and Grace pervade these texts. We will explore their meaning together (chapter 8 and Galatians and Romans).

February 6 – The Prison Letters and the Pastoral Letters – Paul is imprisoned for his beliefs and from prison writes a series of letters. Beyond the Prison walls he writes pastoral letters to the churches as well. We will explore the themes of the letters (Chapters 9 and 10 and read Colossians, Philemon, Philippians, I and II Timothy, Titus, Ephesians).

February 13 – Hebrews and the General Letters – The Letter to the Hebrews is a fascinating story of faith drawing on the connections between the “Hebrew people” and an emerging Christian community and “the General letters” are just that. They draw on general understandings and values held dear in the Christian faith (Chapter 11 and part of Chapter 12 through p. 122 and read Hebrews, James, I and II Peter and Jude).

February 20 – The Book of Revelation – The final book of the Christian scriptures is a fascinating mix of apocalyptic literature (Chapter 12, pp. 122-130 and the Book of Revelation).

February 27 – Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi
Parable #1 - The Good Samaritan
We begin an in depth reading of the Parables of Jesus through the eyes of a Jewish New Testament Scholar, Amy Jill Levine and her book, Short Stories by Jesus (Chapter 2).

Third Session (four classes)
April 24 - “Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son” – (Chapter 1).

May 1 – “
The Widow and The Judge” – (Chapter 8).

May 8 – The BREAD Nehemiah Action – We have no class this night.

May 15 – “The Rich Man and Lazarus” (chapter 9).

May 22 – The Power of Disturbing Stories and a final dinner to celebrate completion of the two-year Bible Study
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