Coe Thursday Forum to study The Acts of the Apostles

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2017-04-27 10:01:14 - General

Meira Kensky
Meira Kensky,
Joseph E. McCabe Associate Professor of Religion

The Acts of the Apostles will be discussed during the last Coe College Thursday Forum series of the school year, May 4, 11, 18 and 25. Over the course of the month, Religion Professor Meira Kensky will lead the study of Acts, a New Testament Biblical text that attempts to provide a history of the earliest apostles from Jesus' ascension to heaven through the many travels and trials of Paul. Written by the same author as the Gospel of Luke, Acts contains stories of miracles, magicians, escapes, shipwrecks and snakebites, all the while providing a deeply considered theological portrayal of the history of the earliest Christian communities.

Acts attempts to demonstrate why the earliest leaders made the choices that they did, and to provide its readers with confidence that these choices ultimately stemmed from God, acting through the Holy Spirit. It also argues forcefully that Paul of Tarsus is an authentic, authoritative apostle on a mission from God, despite the fact that he did not know Jesus and persecuted members of the early church.

However, many questions remain about this unusual text. These four sessions will engage these questions through close reading of the text itself as well as parallels from other contemporaneous literature.

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

The Coe College Thursday Forum Series

Coe College Thursday Forum courses are open to all adults. Admission to the entire four-week course can be purchased for $35 for this month’s forum on the first day or in advance. Admission to individual lectures is $12 per week. The closing luncheons cost an additional $8. Payment can be made in person on Thursday mornings by cash or personal check. Credit card payments can be processed online only. For more information about paying by credit card or directly from your checking account, or to order gift certificates, call 319-399-8523.

The 2017-18 Coe Thursday Forum programs will be announced in the summer.