Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the Living Room. Bring friends and enjoy the coffee, tea and morning refreshments. Child care available on the Youth Floor.
The 39 books of the Old Testament include many stories and characters that are well-known and beloved: Noah and the ark filled with animals, Moses leading the Hebrews out of bondage, young David overcoming the mighty Goliath. However, the Old Testament also includes stories that are not featured in children’s Sunday School lessons, and are often similarly avoided by adults – stories that seem confusing, strange and even disturbing. This fall, the Adult Education committee invites you to embrace the dark side of the Old Testament with our four-part series, “Challenging figures from the OT: What you didn’t learn in Sunday School.” Led by an engaging group of scholars, this series will give us the opportunity to wrestle with some difficult and complex figures from the Old Testament, and to better understand and appreciate how God can speak through stories of human flaws and failings.
Sunday, Sept. 14: Wielding Weapons: Violent Women in the Scriptures
Dr. Jacqueline Lapsley, Princeton Theological Seminary
The series begins with a talk by Dr. Jacqueline Lapsley entitled “Wielding Weapons: Violent Women in the Scriptures,” with a focus on Jael, from the book of Judges. Dr. Lapsley is an associate professor of Old Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her work focuses on literary readings of Old Testament narratives, Old Testament ethics and theological anthropology in the Old Testament.
Sunday, Sept. 21: A Biblical ‘House of Cards’: King David and the Messiness of God and Politics
Dr. Dennis Olson, Princeton Theological Seminary
Dr. Dennis Olson will speak on “A Biblical ‘House of Cards’: King David and the Messiness of God and Politics.” Dr. Olson is the Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology and Chair of the Biblical Studies department at Princeton Theological Seminary. His academic work focuses on literary approaches to the study of the Pentateuch and other narrative literature of the Old Testament.
Sunday, Sept. 28: Rahab: A Savior in Israel
Dr. Adriane Leveen, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
Dr. Adriane Leveen will present “Rahab: A savior in Israel.” Dr. Leveen is a senior lecturer in Hebrew Bible in the Rabbinical program at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. Her research interests include literary approaches to the Bible, rhetorical and cultural studies, and gender and redaction criticism.
Sunday, Oct. 5: Jonah: The Anti-Prophet
Dr. Jeremy Schipper, Temple University
The series will conclude with a talk by Dr. Jeremy Schipper on “Jonah: The Anti-Prophet.” Dr. Schipper is an associate professor of Hebrew Bible at Temple University. His academic interests include biblical narrative and the portrayal of disability in biblical and related ancient Near Eastern texts.