The Seven Stories, 2018-2019

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
10:00 am – 10:45 am
5th Floor, Parish House

Cosimo Rosselli, The sermon on the mount

This course of study and lively discussion,based on a curriculum by Anthony Bartlett, identifies seven major themes of transformation working through the Holy Scriptures. With the guidance of Father Matthew Moretz, each of these themes, or “stories,” will be explored as they make their way throughout the Bible to the radical conclusion in Jesus Christ. Each story cycle is made up of three sections, the first two lessons focus on the Old Testament scriptures, the final lesson on Jesus Christ and the Gospels. Every cycle always looks to how Jesus interpreted and drew from His scriptures and traditions to create and complete His Mission. The way in which these motifs are connected from the beginning to the end of the Scriptures will provide insights and wisdom that are urgent and transforming.

"The Sermon on the Mount" In today's class we will examine parallels between the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. We will look at how Jesus claims authority over his own Biblical tradition, announcing blessing rather than law (a blessing that was always at the heart of the Law). We will also look at how this blessing becomes possible through both the teaching and the life of Jesus Christ.

If you would like to review the core Biblical texts for the class, please follow these links: here and here.

As a rule, our primary reference text will be the Authorized Version of the Bible, which will be available at every class.

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