2020-2021 Bible Study

What Links the Old Testament and the New Testament?

The Apocrypha

Join Wednesday Bible Study as we spend this year reading and learning about the Apocrypha.  Classes begin on September 23rd at either 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and meet weekly into May. They will be offered through Zoom and possibly in person as well on the church patio.

The Apocrypha is a group of religious writings by Jewish authors from the period between the Old Testament and the New Testament, about 300 BCE to 100 CE.  They reflect the influence of Greek philosophy on life in Israel and tell the history of the Jewish people during this time.  It’s a fabulous link between the Old and New Testaments.  Jesus would have known these books; in fact, his Sermon on the Mount includes some of these perspectives. Intense Messianic expectation grew out of this period as did the role of the Pharisees.  New Testament authors refer to the Apocrypha an amazing amount.  Considered canonical only by the Catholic Church, it nonetheless provides wonderful insight and context.

Classes rely on group participation and are not lecture-style which makes for lively discussion. The companion text, “Shorter Books of the Apocrypha” by J.C. Dancy is free to those taking the class.  If you’re interested in taking this year-long class but have not registered yet, please contact the instructor, Tracy.