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Exploring the Bible as Literature
February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 30, February 6, 13, 20, 2017
7pm – 9pm
Tymen Hall in the OST main building.
20% discount for groups of 5 or more! Use coupon code “biblelit5” at checkout!
50% discount for students. Use code “oststudent” at checkout!
Join us as we look at well known narratives in the Bible to see how they have been crafted as stories. We will study various literary tools used by biblical writers to see how such techniques shape our understanding of the narrative, give information indirectly, and say a lot by saying a little. Come investigate how the drama unfolds and tension builds in the story of the Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22) as we contemplate what this account tells us about the various characters involved, including God. Find the “gaps” in the story of David and Bathsheba (2 Samuel, 11-12) and wrestle with what the things that are not said tell us. We’ll explore why some stories seem to be told multiple times and what the deviations in those stories might indicate. There will be instruction, discussion, group activities and more. Participants will gain a richer, fuller encounter with the Word of God by examining some basic literary tools used in the Bible and seeing how they function.
January 30 – Genesis 22, The Binding of Isaac
February 6 – 2 Samuel 11, David and Bathsheba
February 13 – Various texts, Meetings at the Well
February 20 – Texts in Exodus, The Ten Plagues
Rev. Kris Franke Hill
A native Texan, Pastor Kris Hill grew up in Austin where her father was a Lutheran pastor. She received a bachelor degree in theology at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, a master of divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, and a master of sacred theology in Old Testament and Homiletics from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. She has served congregations in Houston, Texas, Conover, North Carolina, and is now pastor of Shepherd King Lutheran in San Antonio. She has also been an adjunct professor at Texas Lutheran University in recent years, teaching Introduction to Theology and Old Testament Studies. She loves learning about the Bible and exploring its meaning with others.