Abraham – An Introduction

Over the next six weeks, and before beginning a new unit, we will explore the stories of Abraham from the perspective of Jesus, Paul, and their Jewish contemporaries in an attempt to read the Old Testament the way they did. For them, these stories were not simply those about an historical figure that lived a long, long, time ago in the same land, but these stories had a contemporary relevance, especially from a Jewish-Christian perspective. Abraham wasn’t simply history, but could be read as an allegory and foreshadowing of the soul, the nation of Israel, and of the coming Messiah. This first week we’ll look at the Call of Abraham, followed by Melchizedek, the Covenant, Hagar/Ishmael and Sarah/Isaac, and finishing with the Sacrifice of Isaac. The readings will be not only the Biblical account of Abraham, but also may include other verses of Scripture and some extra-biblical Jewish and Christian perspectives. For the general outline of the teaching I am using How to Read the Bible, by James Kugel.

The menu for Tuesday night is pizza. Dinner is at 6, Discussion around 6:30, Compline at 7:55. If you have any specific prayers or thanksgivings to include in Compline, please let me know.

Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 3:18

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