The World Jesus Knew

Fr. Barnabas EichorFaith Formation

A class with Fr. Barnabas

Classes meet on the following Tuesday evenings from 7:00–8:30pm in the church basement:
January 24 & 31
February 7, 14 & 28
March 14 & 28
April 4 & 25

…with encore classes meeting on the following Thursday afternoons at 2:00pm in the church basement:
January 26
February 2, 9, 16
March 2, 16 & 30
April 6 & 27

Course Description

In order to grow in one’s understanding of Scripture one needs to know a bit about the historical context in which the scriptures were written. The better one knows the cultural customs, geography, people and places of the Holy Land at the time of Christ, the better one can understand the Lord’s message and how it applies to us today. Beginning January 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church basement I will be offering an introductory class on the world that Jesus knew and in which he lived.

The class will cover such topics as the cultural ways Jesus followed, the festivals Jesus celebrated, the education Jesus received, the agricultural ways he observed, and the land he crossed. The class will also look at the different groups of people that existed in the Lord’s day and their historical backgrounds. This will include, of course, the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Zealots…Who are they? Where did they come from? And what is their importance?

A basic understanding of the political background and history of the Holy Land is also important when it comes to growing in love, knowledge, and application of Scripture as well. This class will introduce you to a bit of the history that formed and shaped the Holy Land of the Lord’s day. We will cover the origins of King Herod and the history of the Jewish return from exile and the rebuilding of the Temple.

This class is intended to be an introduction to the above topics so that you can read, understand, and then better apply the Scriptures to your own life and to the world around you.

Meeting TImes

Classes meet on the Tuesday evenings listed above, in the church basement, from 7:00–8:30pm. If you can’t make one evening, or have to miss an evening throughout the duration of the course, that’s okay! Come when you can–each evening will bring a new look into the world in which Jesus lived.

Course Materials

The World of Jesus
Dr. William H. Marty

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in paperback or for Kindle.

The World Jesus Knew
Anne Punton

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in hardcover or paperback.