GOOD NEWS! A THEMATIC & HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Second and Fourth Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Sept. 11th – Jan. 8th (excluding Christmas)
Taught by Rev. Elizabeth D. McLean: Pastor of Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church and author of God in the Here and Now
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been celebrated as “good news” from the beginning. But in the early Church, as today, people’s understandings of what the good news was and what it meant for humanity varied, as did how they received it. In this 8-week introduction to the New Testament, Rev. Elizabeth McLean will explore the major thematic emphases of the different texts, taking them in chronological (not biblical) order, so you can get a sense of how the good news evolved over time as it moved from Palestine across the Mediterranean, and from Jews to Gentiles. We will also explore the historical context of the texts and the canonization process.
Class will include a lecture followed by small group discussion, and take place at Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church, 1657 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, MD. You are welcome to bring a bag supper.
Contact Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church at 410-721-2313 with questions or to sign up for the class. All are welcome. There is no cost to participate. Please bring a Bible.
Sept. 11- The Gospel, the Canon, and the Birth of the Church (Acts 1-7; James*)
25- The Gospel according to the Apostle Paul (1 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Romans, Philemon)
Oct. 9- The Gospel According to Mark
23- The Gospel According to Matthew
Nov. 13- The Gospel According to Luke (+Acts*)
27- The Church of the Next Generation (Ephesians, Colossians, Hebrews)
Dec. 11- The Gospel According to the Johannine School (John, 1, 2, 3 John, Revelation)
Jan. 8- The Institutionalization of the Church (1, 2 Timothy & Titus; 1 & 2 Peter, Jude)
(*Although these texts are out of chronological order we will consult them these weeks as historical references.)