Invitation to the Old Testament: A Short-Term Disciple Bible Study by Abingdon Press
Presenters include Peter Enns Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary and James Tabor Professor of Christian Origins and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina.
I recently used this study with a group of 8 congregants as a way of introducing in-depth Bible study in a shortened format from the tradition 34 week Disciple course. The video is well executed and offers both theological and historical context for the study group.
The study offers an opportunity to look at key events in the formation of ancient Israel and how those events were interpreted in terms of their belief in God. The stories of the patriarchs and the matriarchs of that ancient community lead us through 8 weeks of engagement with scripture at a deeper level.
For anyone who has already done the full 34 week course this version may seem a little “lite” but as a teaser for those who are wary of committing 34 to study it was a worthwhile study. My main concern for this study, as with any study that looks in such depth at scripture, would be the level of knowledge of the leader. This is not a study to be led by someone with little or little biblical background.
Here are a couple of participants’ comments.
- The daily assignments and commentary are providing foundational knowledge. I feel well guided.
- Group members’ ideas are stimulating and informative. I’m glad we have lots of time for this.
Submitted by Karen Medland