A Reading of Genesis
A Reading of Genesis – Did That Really Happen?
Friday, November 12, 2021 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 13, 2021 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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The first eleven chapters of Genesis function as a major introduction to the entire Bible. It opens up the basic themes that will carry us all the way to the end of the New Testament. Often we simply do not know what to make of these stories and in the process lose sight of their message to our lives and the lives of every generation. We will do a close reading of Genesis 1-11 to set the tone and then quickly cover the rest of the book to the death of Joseph, and with it see the writer’s understanding of God, the created order, the problem, exile and tragedy of the human being, the impossible task and a vision of paradise.
Timothy Lowe is a retired priest from the Orthodox Church in America. He was previously rector at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem (University of Notre Dame); Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT; and currently president of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies. He grew up in Lincoln, NE, but his early travel to the Middle East led to an encounter with Eastern Orthodox Christianity and ultimate conversion. He was one of the speakers in the Oratory’s 2021 Summer Bible Institute.
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