Lutheran Essentials June 18th, 2014

Moses with the Ten Commandments Philippe de Champaigne, 1648

Lutheran Essentials meets in the undercroft of the church on Wednesday evenings at 7pm.  You can reach the undercroft by going around to the back parking lot of the church and descending the staircase to the kitchen.  Knock on the door if it is closed and some one will let you in.  Our current study is on the Canon of Scripture.  The book we are using is F. F. Bruce’s “The Canon of Scripture”.  If you do not have a copy we are providing them for free.  We are also continuing to provide the Book of Concord for free.

The Psalm for this session is Psalm 2.  The Small Catechism lesson is Holy Baptism First Part.

This week we will finish reading through the second chapter The Old Testament: The Law and the Prophets. We will read the section on A Three-Stage Canon? (pg. 36-38) where we will discuss how the canon of the Old Testament came together.  We will then read The Significance of the Qumran Texts (pg. 38-42) and discuss what impact the Dead Sea Scrolls had on our understanding of the development of the Old Testament canon.  We will finish this chapter by singing the hymn “The God of Abraham Praise” (LSB 798).

If we have time we will start reading the third chapter The Old Testament: The Greek Old Testament.  We will read the section on The Origin of the Septuagint (pg. 43-44), where we will discuss how the Septuagint came into being.  We may also read A Wider Canon? (pg. 44-46) and discuss the Apocrypha.

As always new people are always welcome to this study at any point during the class.  Please talk to the Pastor, Elders or Paul Edmon if you have any questions.  Have a blessed Trinity.

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