Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about the Bible? From classical art to modern politics to strange predictions about the end of the world, this ancient collection of texts and its characters are woven into the fabric of western civilization.

Exploring the Bible: The Dickenson Series is a series of three, six-week courses designed to teach (not preach) about the Bible and its contents. For people of all faiths or no faith, this educational series covers the bases from reading the most common stories and passages to learning the history and process behind the compilation of the Bible itself.

It is written and published by the Massachusetts Bible Society. Each of the classes are designed for beginners through people well versed in the Bible and can be taken either informally or to receive Continuing Education Units and/or eventual certification in biblical literacy.

Exploring the Bible I: What is the Bible?

Rev. Dale will be offering is leading this class in the church library on Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:15pm) beginning on October 2, 2019. (You do not need to commit to the Exploring the Bible II or III to participate in this initial study.)

  • The cost for materials is $15. Please¬†RSVP to Dale¬†by September 25 (extended to Sun, Sept 29), so he can have enough materials on hand.

What is the Bible? is the first of the small-group studies that make up Exploring the Bible: the Dickenson Series. This initial study will explore some of the best-known Bible passages and to discover many of the different ways that they can be interpreted. You will learn how the Bible as we know it was put together, who decided what parts were in and what parts were out, and where to go with your questions about this wonderful, baffling, beautiful, unsettling book we call the Bible. There is something in the class for Bible neophytes as well as those coming with lifelong experiences with the book. Come, learn, and share your thoughts!

Exploring the Bible II: Introducing the Old Testament

Rev. Dale will be offering is leading this class in the church library on Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:15pm) beginning on February 26, 2020. (Although it may be helpful, you do not need to have participated in Exploring the Bible I to participate in this study.)

  • The cost for materials is $15.

Adam and Eve, Noah, Joseph and that dreamcoat of his; from classical art to modern politics to Hollywood and Broadway, this ancient collection of of texts and its characters are woven into the fabric of western civilization. In the second course in this series you will become familiar with both these ancient writings and the historical context surrounding them. Come with us back to the Early Stone Age and learn what they never taught you in Sunday school.

Exploring the Bible III: Introducing the New Testament

Rev. Dale will be offering is leading this class in the church library on Wednesday evenings (7:00-8:15pm) beginning on April 29, 2019. (Although it may be helpful, you do not need to have participated in Exploring the Bible I or II to participate in this study.)

  • The cost for materials is $15.

“And she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.” Jesus is the central figure of the New Testament. Course 3 looks at Jesus in three distinct ways: A man like other men, a Jewish rabbi, and the Christ of the Christian faith. Then it’s on to the cantankerous Paul, the other New Testament authors, and the wild and baffling book called Revelation.

Learn what Nazareth was like in the first century, see what scholars know and don’t know about Jesus as a historical figure,a nd decide for yourself whether Paul deserves either the stature or censure that he so often receives from Christians. And who is the Antichrist anyway? Read, think. dialogue, and learn from this third segment in the popular series, Exploring the Bible.

 

To find out more information on this series or the Massachusetts Bible Society please visit Exploring the Bible.