What is the Bible? (Answers by Rob Bell, others, and you!)
This Fall, the Seeker’s Class at FCCLA is asking the question posed in the title of Rob Bell’s latest book What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. We will read and discuss chapters from Bell’s book, and then explore ideas and practices from other clergy, scholars, and laypeople.
October 15: What is the Bible?
October 22: Looking beyond our first impressions
What is the Bible? chapter 10: “Turning the Gem” pp. 79-82 (recommended also chp. 9 pp. 71-78)
“Interpreting the Bible in a Non-Biblical World” by The Rev. Wil Gafney, Ph.D.
October 29: (no meeting – Sunday Forum on the Protestant Reformation)
November 5: The Good Samaritan
What is the Bible? chapter 19: “He Can’t Even Say His Name” pp. 139-144
“Go and do Likewise” by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine
November 12: What does the Bible say to us…today?
What is the Bible? chapter 28 “Why Americans Often Miss Major Themes of the Bible” pp. 211-216
“Theology as Survival” by Rev. Broderick Greer
November 19: Where do we go from here?
What is the Bible? chapter 41 “What’s the Best Question to Ask When You’re Reading the Bible?” pp. 289-292
“United by the Word: Finding common ground in lectio divina” by Stephen J. Binz (overview and history article)
Video: “Lectio Divina: How to Pray through the Bible” by Christina Miller
Other readings to pair with What is the Bible? chapters:
Reading the Bible like Jesus
What is the Bible? chapter 21 “So How Did Jesus Read the Bible?” pp. 151-162
And it was Good by Madeleine L’Engle [excerpt from chp 2 “Calling God Abba, Daddy” (pdf)]
The importance of Genealogy
What is the Bible? chapter 29 “Why are there all those genealogies?” pp. 221- 227
“Before the Blogosphere: authority in sacred genealogy” by Kaitlin B. Curtice
Why do we need the Law?
What is the Bible? chapter 30 “Why is Leviticus in the Bible?” pp. 230-232
“I’m a rabbi who was arrested protesting Trump’s Travel Ban. It was a holy act.” by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
What is the Bible? chapter 32 “Did Jesus have to Die?” pp. 241-246
“To Crucify Christ Anew: Lynching Ell, Michael, and Jesus” by Rev, Broderick Greer