Thursday Evening Bible Study

Led by parishioner Jay Blossom, Saint Mark’s Bible study meets most Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the lower level of the parish house. To find it, enter the parish house through the office door, which is unlocked during the Bible study hour. Descend the stairs and proceed down the hall, listening for the sound of avid discussion!

A normal Bible study hour at Saint Mark’s involves reading a chapter or two straight from the Bible, stopping frequently for a guided discussion of its meaning. Skeptics and believers alike are welcome, there’s no homework, and no previous experience is required!

The primary goal of the study is increasing our familiarity the Bible as a whole, so our readings often alternate between obscure books and “greatest hits.” We never shy away from the hard parts, and we try to employ some recent critical scholarship even as we read the text in a fairly straightforward way.

For more information, contact Jay Blossom at 215.922.6892 or jsfblossom@yahoo.com.

Big Books of the Bible in Six Weeks Each

Sometimes the big books of the Bible – those with 15 to 60 chapters or even more! – can be hard to tackle. They require such a big commitment! This year the parish Bible study will take on six of those big books, but we will cover each one in just six weeks. That means we’ll have time to read six important sections of each book, discussing audience, themes, and what the book means for our lives and our faith. As always, the Bible study will feature lively discussion in a judgment-free zone. No prior experience or preparation needed!

Deuteronomy

September 12: Moses’ first address, Deuteronomy 1–4

September 19: Moses’ second address, Part 1, Deuteronomy 5–11

September 26: Moses’ second address, Part 2, Deuteronomy 12–18

October 3: Moses’ second address, Part 3, Deuteronomy 19–28

October 10: Moses’ third address, Deuteronomy 29–30

October 17: Appendix, Deuteronomy 31–34

1 Corinthians

October 24: Divisions in the church, 1 Corinthians 1–4

October 31: Community and accountability, 1 Corinthians 5–6

November 7: Replies to Corinthians’ questions, 1 Corinthians 7–8

November 14: More replies to questions, 1 Corinthians 9–11

November 21: Issues relating to corporate worship, 1 Corinthians 12–14

November 28: Thanksgiving – No Bible study

December 5: Resurrection of the dead, 1 Corinthians 15–16

Isaiah

December 12–19

Christmas Holiday

December 26: Christmas holiday – No Bible study

January 2: Christmastide party

Isaiah, continued

January 9–30

Romans

February 6–March 12

Job

March 19–April 23

John

April 30–June 4

Summer Party

June 11