Welcome to Fr. Mirek's Bible Study at St. Thomas
Welcome to our Spring of 2017 Session of Bible Study!
Topic: Letter to the Hebrews
Time: Wednesdays, March 8 – 29, 2017 at 7PM OLNY !!!
Place: Msgr. Toomey Room
Material: The Bible (Preferably Catholic Study Edition), Collegeville Bible Commentary Series, Volume 11 - Handouts and Printed Materials - will be provided
The Post – Resurrection reality of the Early Church is so fascinating that whenever we try to study or understand it, as such it almost makes us melancholic and jealous; to the extend that we realize of how much we miss it now, and how badly we need to – or even want to live it. Many of us need a bit of encouragement to be happy and effective on our journey to ultimate reality; most sacred Word of God helps us with it:
“ Indeed, the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating even between soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.” See Heb 4:12 -13.
The author of the Letter calls this work a “message of encouragement” (Heb 13:22). Hebrews is probably therefore a written homily, to which the author gave an epistolary ending (Heb 13:22–25). The author argues that Christians do not need to be or become Jewish, since Christ is superior to the structures and rituals of Judaism; people have access to God directly through Christ; thus, it exhorts Christians to live according Christ's example of faithfulness to God.
If you want to find out more about that fascinating Letter to the Hebrews please, join us.
Hope to see many of you there!
Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Thomas the Apostle Church;
Thank you so very much for joining the PILOT SESSIONS of our own St. Thomas Bible Study. As a very short introduction please allow me to touch briefly on the topics of our lectures with a brief synopsis:
· Opening Session of our Bible Study would take approximately 4 classes. The way I tried to set these classes up is to accommodate as many people as we could with a minimal impact or interference with ongoing St. Thomas Parish activities. Therefore, as for now, we will be meeting every other Wednesday, starting September 17, 2014.
· If, in addition to our morning session, even more parishioners and friends would express their willingness to participate, but find the time CONFLICTING with their busy schedules, we will introduce exactly the same session once more in the evenings.
· After we complete the SESSION called “ An Introduction to the Old and New Testament” I hope to have a clearer inclination of what should be our next topic of studies, and accordingly, we will select our textbooks and audio/visual aid.
· As far as materials/ miscellaneous for our opening session I encourage everyone to bring with you your own copy of the Bible, a notebook and pen/pencil if you would find yourself in a desire to take any notes. Along with instruction I will provide participants with handouts that would serve as a supplemental reading material to our session. Coffee and…, will be provided.
· Please, feel free to ask any questions you find relevant to our topic at any time. I strongly encourage every participant to write a type of JOURNAL/ NOTES after each class. In my own studies of the Holy Scriptures I find it very helpful to store such writings in my library, because eventually they become a very intimate, spiritual journey of me and God through His Love Letter to all of us.
· If you for any reason will not be able to participate in some of the classes, don’t get discouraged. Minutes and all necessary material from our meetings will be available to you at any time.
· Please, try to pray to the Holy Spirit before and after each class for an increase in His Holy Gift of Understanding, Wisdom and Wonder and Awe. Ultimately, our Bible Study is a perfect way of prayer with the Holy Scripture, as we deepen our love and zest for the Bible. God Bless you all and hope this can be the beginning of a fascinating journey!:-)
After our introductory class, hopefully we will realize, that the Bible as Old and New Testament could be approached from many perspectives. Just to give you a handful of examples how the Bible Study could unfold, covering a variety of Books and Topics:
- An introduction to the geographical and political context of Biblical History, and an overview of Critical Problems of studying the Bible.
- Genesis and the Documentary Hypothesis ( The J, E, P, D – Hypothesis)
- Study of Biblical Types – Types/Typology Exegesis
- The Exodus and Biblical Law – Was Moses a real person? Bible and the numbers.
- Early Israel, Judges, and Traditions of “Conquest”. What Israelites under Joshua really conquer? Fascinating research by Dr. Kenyon.
- The Monarchy and the Problem of Warfare in Ancient Israel
- Early Prophets
- The Exile and Exilic Prophets
- The Exile and Persian Period; Psalms; Daniel 1-6; Esther and Apocalyptic, Wisdom, & Deutero-Canonical Books - Hellenistic Period - Daniel 7-12; Proverbs 1-12; Ecclesiastes; 1 Maccabees, Wisdom, Tobit, and Judith.
- Discoveries at NAG HAMADI ( Egypt) and in Qumran ( Palestine)
- Deuterocanonical and APOCRYPHA of OT – Books of Enoch, Apocalypse of MOSES
- HOW and why MEDIEVAL BOOKS influenced our FAITH APPROACH?
- On the Problems of Old Testament Theology for Christians, and Other Fun Topics…(like oppression of women, minorities, indigenous peoples, Fundamentalism, and other abuses of the Old Testament…)
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Wed, March 8 - 29, 2017@7PM
Letter to the Hebrwes
HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU:-)