The 2012 Lenten season marked the pilot launch of The Dickinson Series: Exploring the Bible. The class -- designed for Christians, those of other faiths, and those of no faith practice -- served as the prototype for What is the Bible? the first course component of the curriculum.
We are thrilled to announce the resounding success of all of our pilot classes. If you have thought, "I don't know enough about the Bible to attend a Bible study. I'd be completely lost." or if you have wondered what all the fuss is about the Bible -- from classical art to modern politics to predictions about the end of the world, an ancient collection of texts and characters woven into the fabric of western civilization - then this class is for you.
Class Description for What is the Bible?:
A broad overview of the Bible, including how to select a Bible suitable for your needs; how the Bible is organized; the language of the Bible; famous Bible passages; how the collection of books that comprise the Bible were chosen; different ways that people approach the text; what archaeology has to tell us about the text and its stories; and where to go with your questions about the wonderful, baffling, beautiful, unsettling book we call the Bible.
Informal or Extra Mile Participation:
Participants may decide to participate at 1 of 2 levels: informally or as an "Extra Mile" student. Classes include reading, 'life connection' reflection, some small group exercises, and extra homework for self-selected "Extra Mile" students.Bible
Please note: This is a pilot of the study "What is the Bible" which will be the 1st of an eventual 4 classes in the "Dickinson Series: Exploring the Bible" written by Rev. Anne Robertson. The remaining three classes will include "Introduction to the Old Testament", "Introduction to the New Testament", and "Introduction to the Context of the Bible." This series in not intended for those who know the bible and its stories, history and context extremely well, although all are welcome.
We have five churches participating in our Lenten Pilot. For information about specific courses, please contact the church.
Wesley UMC Worcester
The First Unitarian Society in Newton
Lutheran Church of the Newtons
First Parish in Weston
Saint Matthews UMC, Acton