Sessions will be at 9:45 in Parlor 2 on February 17 and 24
Does your study Bible have a bunch of strange unfamiliar books between the Old and New Testament? What is all this business about Bel and the Dragon and the “Additions to Esther?” These perhaps unfamiliar books are not part of the Protestant Biblical canon (seven are in the official Roman Catholic canon) but they are included in some Bibles because they can tell us a great deal about events that form the historical backdrop of the New Testament and the Judaism that Jesus was part of.
Scot Robinson will lead this two-part session and will discuss the history of these books, the reasons some of them weren’t canonized and what we can learn from them. And of course we will read some of the most interesting and enlightening passages together!
If you have a Bible with the Apocrypha feel free to bring it, but Scot will also provide copies of the verses you’ll read so that everyone can follow along. As a bonus, since Purim, the Jewish festival that commemorates the events recorded in the book of Esther, is soon and we will be looking at Esther, Kelli will make a batch of hamantashen pastries for the occasion. Come join us an exciting study of the Apocrypha — and pastry!