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Fall Education begins with Mark

On WEDNESDAY EVENINGS through October 24 from 7 – 8:30 PM in Room 178, the Rev. Dr. Steve Simmons will lead us through a study of Mark: The First Gospel (no meeting on Sept. 26).

Although the gospel of Matthew appears first in the New Testament, scholars are in agreement that Mark, which dates from around 70 AD, is the earliest of the four gospels to be set down in writing. Long considered to be almost embarrassingly “rough” because of its use of colloquial, everyday Greek — unlike the more “elegant” and “sophisticated” gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John — scholars now recognize the first gospel as a work of real literary art as well as the source of much of the earliest testimony we have to the life and ministry of Jesus.

In a series of conversations over six weeks, we’ll explore this fascinating text from a variety of perspectives (including some recent claims that Mark’s first readers would have spotted parallels between various figures in the gospel and their counterparts in Homer’s Odyssey!), with a view to deepening our understanding of, and responses to, Jesus’s question to his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”

The Bible is the only book you’ll need; bring your favorite translation.

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