Many Christians often state a desire to know the bible in a deeper way. There are stories you have heard, maybe in church, maybe in history, maybe in day-to-day discussions. The bible affects many aspects of history and western culture.
And yet, the structure of the Bible is not at all clear. The starting assumption is the bible is a book to be read linearly, one book after another. The bible is more of a collection of different writings, and to understand the bible deeply, one needs to appreciate the range of writings in the Hebrew Testament (HT, also known as Old Testament) and New Testament (NT).
Comments for reading:
Each session is an opportunity to discuss together that week's topic, read scripture together, and build community together. Each week there will be short videos to watch to introduce these topics. There are also suggested readings in the particular scripture one can read as your time allows.
This Litergical year (Year A) focuses on the book of Matthew. Litergical year (Year B) focuses on the book of Mark. Lliturgical year (Year C) focuses on the book of Luke.
NT Videos and Topics
NT happens and recorded in history |
When were books written?
How was the NT canon developed?
NT Introduction, |
NT Canon Introduction,
Earliest of Gospels |
Fast paced action
Structural Intro to Mark, |
Unique Ending of Mark (Mark 16) ,
Jewish focus to those in |
mixed Jewish--Christan Communities
Structural Overview of Matthew, |
Issue with Matthew 27,
Luke--Acts: two book volume |
Luke: Jesus' life and resurrection
Acts: the early Christian church from Jerusalem to Rome.
Structural Overview of Luke--Acts, |
|Gospel Parallel Discussions||
Parallel Mark 12--Matthew 22 Example, |
Birth Narratives in Matthew & Luke,
Parallel Gospel Comparison of Passion Week,
|Philemon: Shows basic Letter structure||
Introduction to Philemon, ||
Letter structure shows angry Paul ||
Structural Overview of Galatians, |
Structure of Galatians Letter ,
Structural Overview to 1 Corinthians, |
Semester Topics, Videos, Discussions
|Date||Topic||Short Summary and Questions||Videos||Notes|
|Jan 10||Group Introductions|
|Jan 17||NT Introduction I||Videos above|
|Jan 24||NT Introduction II||Videos above|
|Jan 31||Greek Session I|| Basic Greek Alphabet, |
Basic Greek words,
|Feb 7||Greek Session II||Words + Basic Grammar|
|Feb 14||Greek Session III||Greek Reading||
Gal Overview, |
|Feb 21||Greek Session IV||Greek + 1 Corinthians||
1 Cor Overview, |
|Feb 28||Gospel of John I|
|March 7||Gospel of John II|
|March 15||Intro Appocolaptic Literature||Themes in Daniel?|
|March 21||Spring Break|
|March 28||John's Revelation I|
|April 4||Passion Week|
|April 11||John's Revelation II|
|April 18||Jesus|| Who do you say that I am? |
Other letters to consider: 1st Thessalonians, Romans
Many biblical resources can be found on-line, and therefore are accessible on a range of electronic devices.Bible Resources: