We will explore Biblical literature from Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes. Yes it’s a lot, but one way to approach this material is to think of it as advice to the next generation when the world makes sense (Proverbs), when tragedy strikes (Job) and when the world has gone mad (Ecclesiastes). We’ll trace this arc and ask together what wisdom might be passed along to our children and grandchildren as they try to navigate their way in the world. Topics include a brief introduction to Wisdom Literature, navigating our way (Proverbs), surviving loss (Job), all is vanity (Ecclesiastes), and seeking wisdom in our own day.
GROUP LEADER: Richard Simpson is an Episcopal priest currently serving on the staff of the Bishop of Western Massachusetts. Prior to that he served as rector of St. Francis Church in Holden for more than fifteen years, during which time he also taught Introduction to the Bible at Assumption College. Over the past two decades he has offered many WISE classes.
REQUIRED BOOK: Bring a Bible (any translation) to class.
FOR THE FIRST CLASS: Excerpts from the Bible: Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes.
Worcester Institute for Senior Education (WISE)Assumption University, 500 Salisbury Street, Worcester MA 01609