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The Image of God and the Law; Sundays Sept 16, 23, and 30
September 16 @ 9:45 am - September 30 @ 10:45 am EDT
By Rev. Rebekah McLeod Hutto
Back in 1999 two of my professors at Duke Divinity School wrote a book on the Decalogue called The Truth About God: The Ten Commandments in Christian Life. The aim of this book is to show readers that the Ten Commandments are not just a list of ten rules but are, in fact, truths about who God is and—only then—about who God calls us to be. The law of Israel is so much more than a list of do’s and don’ts; it engages God’s people into a particular relationship, calling forth a new way life defined by loving God and one’s neighbor. This fall, we will begin our Adult education series with three lectures on the Decalogue from two scholars.
Sunday September 16 Rev. Dr. Dennis Olson will present Understanding Old Testament Laws and Covenants: Ancient Words for Today’s World. This class will explore how the Ten Commandments and other biblical laws in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy contain both striking similarities to other ancient Near Eastern law codes and covenants as well as important differences. How does the Old Testament guide our interpretation of these laws? What relevance do these ancient laws and covenants of the Bible have for our faith and life today as the people of God? Dennis T. Olson, an ordained Lutheran minister, is the Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology and Chair of the Biblical Studies Department at Princeton Theological Seminary. His academic interests are in literary approaches to Old Testament interpretation and Old Testament and biblical theology.
Sundays September 23 and 30, Dr. Phyllis Trible is excited to return to Brick to teach on this topic. She will present two lectures on the Decalogue. September 23, part 1of her lecture will be The Covenant and September 30 part 2 will be The Law. Dr. Trible earned a B.A. degree at Meredith College and then a Ph.D. from Union Seminary/Columbia University with an emphasis in Old Testament. Trible taught at Wake Forest University and Andover-Newton Theological School before being appointed Professor of Old Testament at Union, and later the Baldwin Professor of Sacred Literature. She became the first woman to hold that post. Trible has become a leading authority on feminist interpretation of biblical texts, as well as literary and rhetorical methods of biblical criticism.