Father Frank Spina’s Class Begins 10/2

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“Is Biblical Israel About Them or Us?:
Israel as a Figure of the Church”

Typically, when Christians read the Old Testament (which Episcopalians do at least on Sunday!)
they think of Israel as them, as the other, rather than themselves. This happens when reading
the New Testament, too, in that we almost never see ourselves in Pharisees, Sadducees,
Samaritans, and most certainly in Jews. After all, Christians are Gentiles. But is this
theologically apt? In the next three weeks we will explore Scripture to determine whether
Israel Are Us.
Week 1 October 2nd at 10:10 a.m. “The Nativity Stories” (Matthew 1—2; Luke 1—2)
Week 2 October 9th at 11:15 a.m. “Jesus as the Christ and the King of the Jews” (Matthew 16:13-20; Mark 8:27-30; Luke 9:18-22; the Passion Story at the end of all Four Gospels)
Week 3 October 16th at 11:15 a.m. “St. Paul’s Botanical and Legal Metaphors, Plus the Implication that Israel Are Us
(Romans 11:17-24, 29; Galatians 3:23—4:7)