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The nativity scene is perhaps the best known visual depiction of the birth of Jesus. It is the emblem of the Christmas season. But it is not in the seeing of this scene that we understand its meaning, but rather, in the hearing of the biblical story. It is from the gospel books Luke and Matthew that we know about the birth of Jesus. In today's epis…
 
When we are in church, we hear selections from the Bible read to us. In today’s episode, Andrea explains the purpose of these readings. When a priest, pastor or rabbi reads selections from the Bible to their congregation, they function as ambassadors, speaking at the behest of their king. And it is neither they nor the gathered who matter, it is th…
 
In celebration of Thanksgiving, Andrea tells the story of the perilous beginnings of Plymouth Plantation from the diary of its 2nd governor, William Bradford. Bradford was among the 102 passengers who crossed the Atlantic on the Mayflower. It is from Governor Bradford’s diary – Of Plymouth Plantation – that we know about that small group of daring …
 
Today’s episode is a rebroadcast of episode 3, “the 10 Points” prepared for the 2021 OCABS Symposium. The Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies (OCABS) was established in 1999 to develop, promote & publish research in biblical studies. They hold an annual symposium at which members present their work. At this year’s online gatheri…
 
Andrea interviews Bethany Saros about her new book, “A Light in the Darkness: Bible Study for Children and Teens.” Links to Bethany’s book and the resources she recommends for parents. A Light in the Darkness: Bible Study for Children and Teens by Bethany Saros Know and Tell: The Art of Narration by Karen Glass Books by Charlotte Mason…
 
In today’s episode, Andrea reads and discusses Paul's first letter to the Corinthians chapter 11, verses 20-26. Andrea explores the work of the late Anthony Bourdain. World traveler & explorer of food and culture, Bourdain knew what it meant to break bread: to sit at another’s table and receive their hospitality. He understood instinctively what th…
 
In today’s episode, Andrea discusses the earliest form of the Bible: the scroll. It is well known that form & function are closely related. Andrea asserts that the form & function of the scroll reveal its purpose, which is: instruction. Follow along as she explores the Isaiah Scroll from the Dead Sea Scrolls collection as an exemplar of the ancient…
 
On the Ephesus School Network, when we use the term "the Bible as Literature”, what do we mean? In episode 3, Andrea explores this question. Follow along as she presents 10 points – assumptions – that form the foundation for this approach. 10 points: "the Bible as Literature" 1. Written 2. Says what IT wants to say 3. From a tradition of classical …
 
Who is St. John Chrysostom? In episode 2, Andrea speaks about St. John Chrysostom & his Paschal homily. She explains what he is trying to say in the homily & how we are meant to hear it. St. John Chrysostom Paschal Homily in English St. John Chrysostom Paschal Homily in Greek In the above English translation of St. John Chrysostom's Paschal Homily,…
 
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