NEW WEDNESDAY NIGHT ADULT CLASS – GREAT FIGURES OF THE NEW TESTAMENT – a Video course with lectures by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor at Vanderbilt University, combined with Bible study led by Dr. Ernie Hess, pastor St. Andrews: begins February 5th at 7 p.m. in the Oak room.
**** THIS CLASS IS SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 UNTIL THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT SIGNALS THAT WE CAN ONCE AGAIN GATHER SAFELY **** BUT WE CURRENTLY HAVE AN ONLINE CLASS AT THIS TIME.
“In Great Figures of the New Testament Professor Amy-Jill Levine of the Vanderbilt University Divinity School does an excellent job of bringing several individuals to life. Not only does she discuss well-known individuals such as Pontius Pilate, James, and Philip but also important groups and individuals who are not specified by name such as the Centurions, the woman at the well, the shepherds, and others. Professor Levine deftly discusses details of the person from the perspectives of the Biblical stories, culture, literary criticism, how the church has viewed the person through history, and how artists and worshippers have viewed them. Probably one of the most fascinating aspects of the course is how she brings their personalities to life based on how they spoke, acted, or reacted within the confines of their culture.
“Some of the many figures discussed include Elizabeth and Zechariah, John the Baptist, Joseph, Mary and Martha, Lazarus, the Samaritan woman, Pharisees and Sadducees, Thomas, James, John, Judas Iscariot, Stephen, Philip, Paul, and Jesus.” [Harold McFarland, Regional Editor at Midwest Book Review]
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and the College of Arts and Sciences.