Rev. Doug Rowe leads an adult Bible study on Wednesday mornings.
Please sign up at the Volunteer’s Desk or email email@example.com. The cost of the participant's guide is $10.
Jesus knew how to tell a story. He knew that in order to get his message across he needed to relate to the people who gathered to listen—first century Jews—who lived in a very different world than the one in which we live today.
In our upcoming Bible study, “Short Stories by Jesus” the author, Amy-Jill Levine, invites us to reconsider several familiar parables of Jesus from Matthew, Mark and Luke. Amy-Jill Levine is a New Testament professor at Vanderbilt Divinity School. This is interesting because Professor Levine is Jewish. Professor Levine’s Jewish interpretation of Jesus’ “short stories” provokes the student into deeper consideration of the meaning of these stories. We think we might know the meaning behind Jesus’ parables but this study will challenge us to listen to the stories more carefully to reveal the answers we have always known but refuse to acknowledge.
The study features Amy-Jill Levine offering a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. The video segments are approximately 10–12 minutes each (with closed captioning) and, when combined with the six book chapters, make an ideal six-week group study.