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Spoken Word to Bible series at Hot Metal Bridge Faith


October 11, 2011

"The Bible was read aloud," said seminary professor Dr. Steven Tuell as he kicked off "How To Read The Bible in the 21st Century: What the Bible is (and isn't)," on Monday, Oct. 3 at Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community on South Side. "It wasn't written down. It was an ‘Oral Word.'"@

Dr. Tuell, on his birthday, led a class of about 30 members of the Faith Community in the first of his four-part series which is set for each Monday in October.@

"Paul's letters are to be read aloud," he continued.@

Dr. Tuell, a boisterous, big-bearded enthusiast, explained the basic format of the "Hebrew Bible," Old Testament from the Torah to Nebi' im to Kethubim. The Torah, he said, is the "law" or "center" of the Old Testament, with Nebi' im serving as the "application" of the Torah.

This, he added, was where prophets were most renowned. The Kethubim, he continued, is the youngest part of the Old Testament, scripture but not "centralized" like the Torah.@

He went onto detail how the Jewish Bible was translated into the Greek Septuagint, which he called the "first Bible of the earliest church." According to Dr. Tuell, the translation from Hebrew to Greek is also about the first time true differences in the actual Biblical text were recorded, although much of the testimony was still oratory.@

Dr. Tuell later transitioned to the New Testament, the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. "People are telling others about Jesus," he said.@

"(The Bible) doesn't just drop intact into a contemporary world," Dr. Tuell continued. "And that's a good thing."

In the first meeting, he made parallels of how people lived in Biblical times to that of today. "They thought they were living in the last days."@

Dr. Tuell spent about one-and-a-half hours in the first part of his presentation and then took questions on the different languages of the time, and other theological pursuits.

"The Bible as a True Metaphor" was set for October 10, with "A Man of One Book: Reading the Bible with John Wesley" scheduled for October 17. The series wraps up with "A Test Case: The Bible and Women's Ordination on October 24.

All of the 7 p.m. classes are free to the public. Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community is at 2700 Jane Street.@

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Thomas Leturgey


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