Adult Bible Forum is a weekly study group which meets Sundays at 10:00 am in the Conference Room. Elizabeth Evans, M.Div. leads the discussion.
Mistakenly, biblical prophets often get thought of as people who can predict the future.
Join the Adult Bible Forum as we make a short journey through the books of three prophets in the Old Testament—Amos, Joel, and Jonah—and look at the role they each played in the story of God’s people. Amos was a shepherd in Judea (Southern Kingdom) God called to prophesy to Israel (Northern Kingdom) around 786-746 BCE. Joel lived and prophesized in Judea during the Persian Kingdom around 400 to 350 BCE. Jonah—well, let’s say that there will be a whale! Come and find out what these three have in common—and what not. This class begins on January 7.
Adult Bible Forum meets in the Conference Room between the 8:50 and 11:10 services. All versions of the Bible are welcome. If you don’t have a Bible, we can find one for you. Elizabeth Evans, M.Div., leads the discussion. Feel free to join at any time.
Do the prophets in the Old Testament foretell something about market movements in Israel and Judea in the BCE period? Are they good for predicting the equivalent of a fantasy football team of the Middle East?
Below are Elizabeth’s answers to frequently asked questions:
–How do you choose what to study?
Class participants will propose the subject matter or sometimes I give them several choices and they select. Generally, we will study a book of the Bible. I have also taught topics such as Women in the New Testament, Doctrine of the Trinity, Search for the Historical Jesus, and Heroes and Heroines in the Old Testament.
–What are you studying now?
Amos, Joel, and Jonah – 3 Old Testament Prophets
–What is the class format?
We read aloud sections from a chapter of the Bible and then discuss them. Hearing the Bible is important. That way people discover things they did not know. I guide the discussion and provide historical/theological context where needed.
–Does the class meet in the summer? We meet year round.
All questions are welcomed. Anyone can drop in at any time. You need not worry about missing too many sessions or missing the start of a particular book. Just bring a Bible and join us. Reading ahead is encouraged, but not required. We do not have formal lectures.