Lenten Bible Study

Thursdays, February 11 and 25, March 3, 10, 17

12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Center for Mission and Identity

The Center for Mission and Identity will host a Bible Study during Lent for staff and faculty.  Joe Shadle will lead this Bible study for beginners and avid readers alike. Bring a brown bag lunch and your Bible (or borrow one of ours).

Each week we will reflect on the scripture readings that will be read in most Christian churches for the coming week.  In addition, we will address some of the most commonly asked questions about the New Testament:

February 11
Understanding how the Gospels were written

-          When were the Gospels written?
-          Why are they so different?
-          Who wrote them?

February 25
Understanding how Paul’s letters were written

-          Who was Paul writing for?
-          How do Paul’s letters relate to the Gospels?
-          When did Paul write his letters?

March 3
Understanding what Pope Francis means by a “Jubilee Year of Mercy”

-          What is a Jubilee Year?  Why is it such a big deal?
-          How does the Bible say about mercy?
-          Is it the only “Jubilee Year”?

March 10
Understanding the Jewish leaders and Roman culture around the time of Jesus

-          Why did Jesus have such a rough time with the Jewish leaders of his day?
-          Who are the Pharisees, Sadducees, and other Jewish leaders and why didn’t they get along?
-          Why was there such a contentious relationship between the Romans and the Jews?

March 17
Understanding where things are in the Holy Land

-          Which gate did Jesus enter on Palm Sunday?
-          Where was Jesus crucified?
-          Where is Jesus’ Tomb?
-          and more…

Recommended Resources:

  • Perkins, Pheme.  (2012)  Reading the New Testament.  Paulist Press: New York.
  • Brown, S.S., Raymond E. and Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. and Roland E. Murphy, O.Carm., editors (1990).  The Jerome Biblical Commentary.  Prentice Hall: NJ
  • Durken, Daniel. (2009). New Testament. The New Collegeville Bible Commentary.  Liturgical Press: MN.
  • Wright, Tom. (2011). What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tarsus the Real Founder of Christianity?  Wilkinson House: Oxford.