Sunday, February 19, 2017

Week 20: Why Are There So Many Versions of the Bible?

We're wrapping up our series  surrounding the origin and history of the Bible. This week we're surveying the various translations of the Bible.

VIDEO COMING SOON!

Key Themes:
  • Ingredients of a good Bible translation
  • 4 families or types of translations
  • readability vs accessibility
  • changes in translations

Digging Deeper:
  • A few study Bibles (liked by the instructor): 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Week 19: Ask Me Anything

Question #1: What are the differences in beliefs between various seminaries?


Key Themes:
  • Rise of fundamentalism and modernism
  • Origin of the term "evangelical"  

Digging Deeper:
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Question #2: Were the Catholics the ones who decided the books of the Bible?

VIDEO COMING SOON!

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Question #3: What was the Azusa Street revival?

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Week 18: How Do We Know We Have the Right Books in the Bible?

We're continuing to explore questions surrounding the origin and history of the Bible. This week we're surveying the development of the canon of the Christian Scripture. In other words, we're asking the question, "How do we know we have the right books in the Bible?"


Key Themes:
  • Old Testament canon: 
    • Ordering of the books
    • Development of the Septuagint (LXX) vs. Masoretic
    • Catholic/Orthodox Canon
    • Protestant Canon
  • New Testament canon:
    • Disputed books
    • Apocrypha

Digging Deeper:

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Week 17: Has the Bible Been Corrupted? Part 2

We're continuing to explore questions surrounding the origin and history of the Bible. This week we're wrapping up our discussion of the question, "Has the Bible been corrupted?" In other words, is the Bible we have today the same as the one written 2000 years ago?


 Key Themes:
  • Brief review of last week's lesson
  • Excerpts of the debate between Bart Ehrman and Dan Wallace (2012)
  • Introduction to textual criticism
  • New Testament manuscripts
  • Variants

Digging Deeper:
  • Video: Full debate between Bart Ehrman and Dan Wallace at the University of Chapel Hill, SC (2012).


Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week 16: Has the Bible been Corrupted?

We're continuing to explore questions surrounding the origin and history of the Bible. This week we're focusing on the question, "Has the Bible been corrupted?" In other words, is the Bible we have today the same as the one written 2000 years ago?


Key Themes:
  • Assertions from non-believers about the corruption of the Bible
  • How manuscripts were copied and preserved in the ancient world
  • Case studies:
    • John 7:53–8:11
    • The Lord's Prayer
    • 1 John 5:7–8
    • Mark 16:9–20

Digging Deeper:
  • Video clip: "Snake Salvation" (example of using Mark 16 as a foundation for theology)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Week 15: Can You Trust What the New Testament Says About Jesus?

We're starting a new series of conversations. We will focus on questions surrounding the origin and history of the Bible. This week we're focusing on the question, "Can you trust what the New Testament says about Jesus?" 


Key Themes:
  • Introduction to the doctrine of the Bible
  • Critical concept: relationship between theology and history
  • Argument #1: The Gospels preserve eyewitness accounts of the life of Jesus.
  • Argument #2: External sources corroborate the accuracy of the Gospels and Acts.


Digging Deeper: 
  • Chapter: “Are the Gospels Trustworthy Account of Jesus’ Life?” Without a Doubt, chapter 7
  • Book: Cold Case Christianity, by J Warner Wallace (This is a great resource to help Christians get started in the conversation about defending the faith. It's also appropriate to share with a high school or college student who needs reasons for their faith. If you're wanting a resource for an unbeliever, I'd recommend something more technical.)

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week 14: Was Jesus a Real Historical Person?

We're wrapping up our series of conversations about questions our culture is asking about Jesus. This week we're focusing on the question, "Was Jesus a Real Historical Person?"





Key Themes: 
  • Contemporary assertions about Jesus
  • Sources behind the New Testament were eyewitnesses of Jesus
  • Sources outside of Christianity provide compelling information about the origins of Christianity
  • What are the minimal facts about Jesus that (almost all) scholars agree on?


Digging Deeper: