Theology Update for the Week of July 1

The Psalms in the Worship of the Temple and the Synagogue

On July 1 at 10 a.m., the Rector leads the Sunday class in an exploration of a number of psalms that were clearly intended for ceremonial and liturgical use. These include psalms appropriate for worship, various other ritual occasions, for pilgrimage, and for teaching in the synagogue. Please bring a version of the Coverdale psalter to class, or a copy of the 1662 or 1928 Book of Common Prayer. The class meets on the fifth floor of the parish house.

Onward Christian Soldiers?

What is the relationship between being a Christian and being a soldier? On Sunday, July 8, this class, led by Professor James Cornwell of the United States Military Academy at West Point, explores this question in two parts. First, what does Scripture say about the apparent tension between taking up arms to serve one’s country while also serving the Prince of Peace? Second, what does Scripture show us that we can learn about being a good Christian from what it means to be a good soldier? The class meets at 10 a.m. on the fifth floor of the parish house.

On Prophets and Prophecy

On July 15, at 10 a.m., Father Ritter leads the Sunday class in a study of prophets and their work. Who are the prophets? How did they become prophets? And what is prophecy? The class addresses these questions through a brief survey of prophets and prophecies in ancient Israel as reflected in the Old Testament. The class meets on the fifth floor of the parish house.

Out of Egypt: Reading Exodus Theologically

On July 22 at 10 a.m., the Sunday class continues its study of the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. In addition to being a record of the central event in Jewish history – the exodus from Egypt and journey toward the Promised Land – Exodus also provides a prime case study of the benefits of a utilization of the traditional “four senses” of scripture: the literal, the typological, the moral, and the mystical.