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A Bible Study for anyone interested in going behind the scenes to look at
how Jesus was understood in his Jewish context. This four-week study will be led by New Testament scholar, Jenny Read-Heimerdinger. Sessions will be held 'live' in-person at St Clement's. A recording of the session will be made available through our parish newsletter.

Course outline:

Jesus in his Jewish World
Dr Jenny Read-Heimerdinger, PhD LicDD
(Newman University Birmingham, England; Bangor University, Wales; Institut Catholique de Théologie, Toulouse, France)

30th November 2022
1. 1st century setting 
a. Where, when and who: the geographical, political, and religious context
b. The history of Israel: seeing with Jewish eyes
c. The Bible: an unknown quantity

7th December 2022
2. Jesus in the context of Judaism
a. Luke as a Jewish Witness: the Gospel and Acts 
b. The birth of the Messiah (Lk. 2.1-7): a Jubilee Year

14th December 2022 
3. Jesus and Jewish expectations
a. ‘You are Peter’ (Mt. 16.13-20): a hard-headed disciple
b. ‘The Road to Emmaus’ (Lk. 24.13-25): Jacob’s Ladder all over again

21st December 2022
4. Israel and the Church
a. Judas (Lk. 22.47-48): a traitor? really?
b. The replacement of Judas (Ac. 1.15-26): a rigged vote in pious disguise