Explore a fresh and timely interpretation of Jesus' most popular teaching parables. Jesus was a skilled
storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to convey his message and meaning effectively. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today. Many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to colour their perspectives.
In this Bible study based on her Short Stories by Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine analyzes these " problems with
parables, taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus but are also about us - and, when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.
Led by Rev. Arran, the six week study session focuses on the parables: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son, The Good Samaritan, The Pearl of Great Price, The Mustard Seed, The Laborers in the Vineyard and The Widow and the Judge. The last session on March 20th will include a pot luck
A sign up sheet is in the Narthex or contact the office.