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Drop-ins are always welcome at all of our Sunday Morning
Adult Education classes. No prior preparation expected.
led by Laurie Davis and Gene Saunders
On May 5, Bible 101 will continue its survey of the Old Testament, looking at Samuel and Saul, covering the book of 1 Samuel. In this basic biblical survey course, class no prior knowledge is assumed, no question is too basic, and every attempt at humor is appreciated. Newcomers are always welcome.
Beginning Sunday, April 3
11:20 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
The Book of Job: Questioning the Question of Suffering
led by Barbara Kaiser
This series will begin by considering the prose framework of the book of Job, in which God accepts the challenge of the satan’s question: Do humans revere God only because God grants them “the good life”? Then we will turn to the poetry, in which the suffering Job and his three “comforters” debate a more vexing question: Is God just? We will examine the lively, vitriolic exchanges, in which Job steadfastly maintains his innocence and integrity to his “comforters,” who repeat the traditional explanations for Job’s suffering. Finally, we will turn to God’s enigmatic response, as the divine voice from the whirlwind offers a grand survey of the quirks of the cosmos, from the stupidity of ostriches to the awesome violence of wild horses to the play of sea monsters. And we will join the host of readers who have been left with the question: How does this eccentric speech address the very real question of human suffering?
On Kugel: How to Read the Bible
led by Richard Baker
James L. Kugel’s book, How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture Then and Now, was good enough to make The Onion get serious, if only for a little minute or two. In naming it one of its “Best Books of 2007,” the usually satirical news organization called Kugel’s work “a breathtaking new look at the world’s most popular book.” The far-more-serious New York Times Book Review called it “awesome, thrilling. . . . a magisterial, erudite, yet remarkably witty tour.” And Jeremy Dauber wrote, “to say that this would be the best college course you never got to take about the Bible would be damning it with faint praise; it would be the college course, the graduate seminar, and reading for comprehensive exams you never got around to, all in one.” Kugel, who for years taught Hebrew Bible at Harvard, really has put the best of all his teaching between two covers. Come join us for the ride.
Listen to Your Life: The Key of the Third Metric
led by Sue and Steve Hamilton
This fourweek class encourages the question: what is it that matters? Is what we value in sync with how we live our lives? Arianna Huffington argues, in her book called Thrive, that the current success metrics of money and power are only two legs of a three-legged stool. Without a “third metric” based on well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving, our lives, like the defective stool, topple over. This class will look at the “third metric” and how these qualities, integrated and shaped by faith, can help renovate and repair our lives.