F601 Winter 2019 Exploring Four Biblical Narratives
Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 28–Feb. 18
Instructor: Steve Goldman
- Jan. 28: Reaching for Perfected Love: We often use the term “love” to describe feelings about a wide range of disparate things. We often say that we “love” baseball, our family, beach vacations, ice cream, and so on. In this session, we will explore what the Bible says about the meaning of love and how it often differs with many common understandings.
- Feb. 4: The Resurrection of the Dead: The Hebrew scriptures and New Testament speak of the resurrection of the dead and a day of judgment. But do all the different writers concur regarding when and how it occurs and what it means? In this session, we will examine this critical matter, which is often a source of controversy and disagreement among those who consider the Bible a sacred text.
- Feb. 11: The Role and Person of Mary, Mother of Jesus: Immaculate conception? Mother of God? Mother of Christ? Virgin birth? Intercessor? Assumed into heaven? Our mother?
- Feb. 18: Life Lessons from Proverbs: A Biblical “Self-Help” Narrative: Self-help books abound in modern literature because so many of us want to discover the path to living a productive life. However, the most useful self-help advice may be found within the pages of ancient texts. In this session, we will examine what the Book of Proverbs offers as a guide to living and how other biblical texts expand upon its teachings.
is the chair of OLLI’s Religious Studies Program Planning Group and has taught numerous courses on alternative understandings of biblical doctrine.