This presentation brings Isaiah’s poetry and power alive, explains the social and historical contexts, and clarifies the distinct differences between the three Isaiah sections: Is. 1-23 - The Immanuel Prophecy; Is. 24-39 - The Assyrian assault on Jerusalem; Is. 40-55 - The hopes for deliverance; Is. 56-66 - A new Jerusalem.
The history, personalities, and politics behind the book of Jeremiah spring to life in this presentation. The listener will come to know the tragedies and passions of Jeremiah. Jeremiah’s influence on the other great prophets of Israel is brought home and more importantly Jeremiah instructs the reader of today how to be courageous and wise in the service of God.
The Book of Exodus is the key beginning to the foundations of Israelite and later Jewish Faith. It’s contents and particular plot are designed to narrate (1) not just the origins of this people's faith, but (2) the way it is to be lived by readers and believers in ages to come. First Talk - We will explore the plot and the literary artistry of the Book as a single message for the reader and how the ancient "story" becomes a model for the community of faith.
This analysis of Exodus and the Passover meal gives the listener a deeper appreciation of the Hebrew Scriptures as capturing the mystery of God interacting with humanity. The blessing of the cups, the unleavened bread, the telling of the Exodus story and the singing of the Hallel Psalms, all formed the basis for the meal that Jesus shared with his disciples.
Written for the Jewish community at a time of great persecution and distress, Daniel attempts to provide a measure of comfort to a suffering people. As such, it has much to say to all ages about the rewards accessible for those who are faithful throughout their times of stress. Therefore, because the prophecies and promises contained in Daniel are universal, the Christian community of this age has much to benefit from a comprehensive reading and understanding of this powerful audiobook.
In a time when religious warfare is on the rise and the most dangerous and violent social movements seem to be religiously motivated, this explanation of war in the Hebrew Scriptures meets an urgent pastoral need. Lawrence Boadt addresses the issue in five poignant presentations.
This presentation teaches us about the mystery of suffering and shows how believers have been consoled and challenged by Job. The answer to why suffering cannot be grasped by our finite minds but the contemplation of the grandeur and beauty of the natural world builds a sense of trust in the Creator.
Today’s natural disasters kill thousands of people in a matter of hours and days and we ask WHY? What made Job special then and now was the ability to stand nobly firm when tragedy surrounded him and to question the silence of God.