I’ve been part of the Tuesday morning Bible study for eight years, and some of us have shared reading books that increase our knowledge. In 2013, we read and studied the New Testament. From January, 2014, to September, 2015, we trudged through the Old Testament. We completed 2015 by reading the Apochrypha. Below are some of the books I’ve read. Be sure to look for them in the church library. You can also buy them in the Saint Anne's store on Amazon, click on the titles to find out more. -Margaret Johnson
An unbroken chain in the family tree, from Abraham to Jesus, complete with dialogue that may have occurred between Mary and the angel. “But I can’t be pregnant!”
Mary reflects on her life as she spends her final years in Ephesus. She still questions why her son had to die.
Raised as a Muslim in Iran, he became an Evangelical in the US, before studying religion for 20 and becoming, what he describes as “a better Christian.” He says that the more we know that the Bible is made up stories, the more we can delve into what they really mean.
A 37 year old agnostic writer decides to live according to the laws in the Bible. He wears white, doesn’t mix fibers, eats locusts, loves his neighbors, is true to his wife...but finds not lying one of the more difficult laws to follow. He changes his views a lot! He becomes more aware of people, plants, water, all his surroundings. At the end of the book, he says in believes in sacredness- of life, prayer, Sabbath- and whether humans created it “doesn’t take away the power or importance.” A long plodding, but interesting, book.
A great way to understand the first 5 books of the Old Testament. It took two years to research the exodus from Egypt to Canaan. He says the reason it took 40 years to walk the 250 miles from Cairo to Jerusalem is because it took that long for God and the people to learn to get along.
Separate speeches given by Stephen Patterson, Marcus Borg, and John Dominic Crossan Each has his own take on the writers backgrounds and why they wrote what they did.
The author imagines the childhood and early family life of a boy called Saul. Pauls’s journey goes from being a prosecutor of Christians to becoming a prolific writer of letters proclaiming the Good News. Paul is depicted as a little man who’s quirky but passionate.