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April 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Friday, June 28 12:00-1:00
Last week we began with a brief discussion of verses 16:23-24 in The Gospel According to John and their connection to prayers, invocations, benedictions that contain the words “in Jesus’s name.” We then focused on Chapters 18 and 19 dealing with events in a garden in the Kidron Valley (Gethsemane) and the events that followed: Jesus’s crucifixion, death, and burial. Among the issues we discussed were 1) the significance of Peter’s triple denial of his association with Jesus (fear, self-defense, or some other motive–a preparation for the extension of grace); 2) who was responsible for Jesus’s sentencing and crucifixion (Caiaphas, Pilate, “the Jews,” the Jewish leadership? the Romans?); the cause of such persecution (Jesus’s claim to be the son of God? his claim to be a king–even if not an earthly one?); 4) who were the women present at the cross (3 or 4?).
This week, we’ll conclude our study of the Book of John with a discussion of Chapters 20 and 21 and of Jewish and Christian understandings of the concept of resurrection (a handout has been provided on this).
Our informal discussion group meets every Friday from 12-1, in the CBI Library. All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous Friday study group sessions. Any copy of the New Testament Gospel of John is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation). Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler. If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that there will be no meeting of our group on Friday, July 5.
We will resume our studies on July 12 with another 3-session installment on Jewish sensibilities (stay tuned for further details).
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