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Class Title: Epic of Eden Study: Understanding the Old Testament by Sandra Richter

Meeting Day: Monday beginning September 11
Meeting Time: 9:00 -10:45 a.m.
Place: Wesley 703/704 (downstairs)
Dates: September 11 – December 14
Contact Person: Elaine Hitzfelder elhitzfelder@gmail.com
Class Description: This study format is slightly different from the summer Psalms study as videos are viewed in class, but is written by the same author.
Register online here:  Monday Bible Study

Does your knowledge of the Old Testament feel like a grab bag of people, books, events and? How many times have you resolved to really understand the OT? To finally make sense of it? In The Epic of Eden Video Study, Dr. Sandra Richter clearly and powerfully communicates a history of God’s redeeming grace, weaving together a story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem.

Through text and video teaching, Dr. Richter uses this 12-week study to bring a new dimension to the history of the ancient Near East: time, geography, culture, redemption, and relevance to today — all without diminishing her reader’s faith or dumbing down the scripture. Legendary Bible stories take on new life as Dr. Richter clearly articulates their part of a larger pattern, revealing an even deeper significance for the stories individually. The Epic of Eden video study is ideal for serious church groups wanting a meaty study of biblical text, as would anyone eager for a strategic grasp of the good, the bad, and the ugly of the Old Testament and how it relates to God’s activity in the present.

How does this series work? The study involves two components. The first is a set of twelve filmed, approximately half hour, sessions with Dr. Sandra Richter, and the second is a study guide for each of your group members. This workbook includes five individual studies per week, to be done at home. The idea is that each member will be working at home at their own pace, doing as much or as little as schedules permit. Once per week your group will gather to view the filmed study, talk about the individual work from the week, and focus on some group discussion questions.

**We will do the first week as described above. Then the group will decide if it is too much. If so, we will spend two weeks on each lesson.

Purchase the study guide book Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament Study Guide from either Amazon ($22) or from Seedbed.com/resources ($22.95). Please purchase the printed study guide as the study uses this workbook and is not conducive to an electronic version.

For more information, questions or to register, email Elaine Hitzfelder: elhitzfelder@gmail.com

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