The Judaism Seminar: Sessions begin on Sunday, October 3, right after the 10 am service. We have a threefold agenda: to decide when and where we’ll meet, to hear an overview of the upcoming sessions, to ask questions, and to receive seminar handouts, i.e., bibliography, chronologies, maps and key Hebrew terms. The presenter for these sessions will be the Reverend Dr. Bob Hanson. Why learn about our Lord’s influences, or what it might have been like bring raised in an occupied country constantly at war? Even more important, what must it have been like living in a covenanted community where one worshipped a single God surrounded by peoples worshipping many Gods? And why did God choose these wandering Hebrews in the first place? Who were Jesus ancestors and where did they come from? And out of all the chaos surrounding Jesus in the first century, C.E., how did these ancient peoples develop an ethical monotheism unique in world history…even until today? What mysteries did Jesus celebrate that we don’t know about, and why do God’s names account for how God acts? Did Jesus know a God different from the one we know? What are the forces the Hebrew people brought to this world that have distinguished them as a unique people, account for their longevity, and that remain guideposts for a developing free societies even today? The whole of Judaism is and revolves around the content of the Tanakh, what we call the Old Testament, can we say something similar about our holy books? What did Jesus possess as a Jew that Christians don’t possess as Christians? Join us in these sessions as we become more familiar with our ancestors and their many gifts.