Meet Apostle Paul at Coe Thursday Forum

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2012-10-18 11:22:30 - General

November's Thursday Forum at Coe College will introduce the scholarly study of the life and letters of the Apostle Paul, one of the most – if not the most – important figures in earliest Christianity.

Assistant Professor of Religion Meira Kensky will take a close look at this crucial figure, whose writings have been so formative in the development of not only Christianity, but much of Western civilization. The series begins Nov. 1 and continues Nov. 8, 15 and 29, with a week off for Thanksgiving.

Though Paul of Tarsus did not know Jesus of Nazareth, very soon after Jesus’ death he became an avid follower of Jesus’ teachings and saw it as his personal mission to spread the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection across the Mediterranean basin.

Paul founded communities of worshippers, mostly pagan converts, in major metropolitan areas across the Empire. After moving from one destination to the next, he would communicate with those communities by letters. These letters, now part of the New Testament canon, testify to Paul’s creativity, his rhetorical skills, his pastoral work, his love, and sometimes his irascibility, and they provide our best witness to some of the issues facing the earliest Christians.

Thursday Forum lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins with coffee and pastries from 8:45-9:15 a.m., followed by the class until 11:30 a.m. A luncheon is offered at the conclusion of each series.

The courses are open to all adults. The cost is $30 for a four-week course paid on the first day, or $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Thursday Forum gift certificates are available. For more information about the Coe College Thursday Forum lecture series, call (319) 399-8619.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Paul of Tarsus: The Man, the Myth, the Letters" – Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29.
  • "The Wealth and Poverty of Nations" – Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31.
  • "Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates" – Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • "Contemporary Energy Issues" – March 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • "Great American Film Directors of Hollywood's 'Golden Age'" – April 4, 11, 18, 25.