Women of the Torah (Ancient Future Bible Study Series)
Ancient-Future Bible Study incorporates contemporary study of the Bible with an experience of the church's most ancient way of reading Scripture, lectio divina. This time-honored practice consists of five basic movements: biblical study (lectio), reflection (meditatio), prayer (oratio), discernment (contemplatio),...
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Ancient-Future Bible Study incorporates contemporary study of the Bible with an experience of the church's most ancient way of reading Scripture, lectio divina. This time-honored practice consists of five basic movements: biblical study (lectio), reflection (meditatio), prayer (oratio), discernment (contemplatio), and contemplative action (operatio). In six clearly written volumes, bestselling author Stephen Binz helps readers study the Bible in a way that leads to spiritual transformation and brings them closer to God.^
^Binz leads readers in a vivid study of key biblical characters, including Abraham, Paul, Peter, David, the women of the Torah, and the women of the Gospels. He shows all Christians who desire to have a transforming experience with the inspired Word of God how studying Scripture through lectio divina can enrich their discipleship. This ecumenical Bible study, designed for use by individuals or groups, includes questions for personal reflection and suggested action. Each volume includes leader's notes for guiding a study over the course of six sessions.^
Praise for Ancient-Future Bible Study"A method of Bible study that has a long and celebrated history in the church is given renewed momentum with this series. The goal here is more than instruction. The five movements of lectio divina are an invitation to immerse oneself in the riches of our biblical tradition and to give flesh to that tradition in our daily lives. This series will be a wonderful aid for the development of one''s spiritual life."--Dianne Bergant, CSA, professor of Old Testament studies, Catholic Theological Union"I can think of few things that the contemporary church needs to recover as much as the ancient practice of lectio divina. In my view it is the primary mode by which we are to receive Scripture. The focus of this series is rightly on the biblical text itself, and the commentary and questions push us back to the text to listen for God''s address. My hope is that this well-written and accessible tool will assist readers in the practice of lectio divina."--Craig Bartholomew, H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Religion and Theology, Redeemer University College; coauthor, The Drama of Scripture"Stephen Binz has done an admirable job of introducing his readers to the process of lectio divina and immersing them in it. Through teaching the practice of this ancient way of studying the Bible, this series of Scripture studies will recharge and deepen the faith and lives of many, who thereafter will use the art for private devotions and/or in small groups. I heartily recommend this series to individuals and churches who want to join in the spirited revival of Christianity in our time!"--Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College"In the Ancient-Future Bible Study series, Stephen J. Binz opens our minds, imaginations, and hearts to the experience of Scripture that God intends. In each book he leads us through the movements of lectio divina so that by understanding the Word and meditating on it we are drawn closer to the Lord in prayer and prompted to act on it. I believe that users of this series will encounter the Holy Spirit and find themselves enfolded in God''s love."--Bert Ghezzi, author, Adventures in Daily Prayer"Stephen Binz has a knack for popularizing the Bible. His latest series, Ancient-Future Bible Study, demonstrates once more his ability to give people sound guidance as they read the Bible. I am happy to warmly recommend this modern application of the ancient method of lectio divina--the once and future way to read the Bible prayerfully--centered on fascinating characters from the Old and New Testaments."--Fr. Ronald D. Witherup, author, The Bible Companion"At their recent Synod the world''s Catholic bishops recommended lectio divina to all Christ''s disciples, for prayerfully reading and making God''s Word one''s spiritual nourishment follows well-trod paths in the Christian tradition. Stephen Binz guides us on these paths in his Ancient-Future Bible Study series. I am pleased to recommend this project with enthusiasm."--Terrence Prendergast, SJ, Archbishop of Ottawa"Stephen J. Binz has bridged the gap between contemplative biblical study and practical application. This is a rare achievement that many readers of Scripture will find profound and spiritually formative."--Thomas C. Oden, Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics, Drew University; general editor, Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture"Stephen Binz, a responsible biblical scholar and experienced pastor, has undertaken the important project of leading non-professional but committed readers of the Bible into a spiritually enlivening encounter with the biblical text through engagement with some of the fascinating characters who people its pages. The author guides the reader into the ancient spiritual practice of lectio divina or ''sacred reading'' by helping the reader to understand the passage in its own context through a commentary that avoids both literalism and overly specialized academic
Stephen J. Binz (SSL, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome) is a popular speaker and the highly regarded author of over two dozen books. He is the former director of Little Rock Scripture Study, used in churches throughout the world, and founder and author of Threshold Bible Study and Ancient-Future Bible Study: Experience Scripture through Lectio Divina. He is also the former editor-in-chief of God's Word Today magazine and is a licensed psychotherapist.
- Welcome To Ancient-future Bible Study<br>the Movements Of Lectio Divina<br>the Essence Of Lectio Divina<br>your Personal Practice Of Ancient-future Bible Study<br><i>collatio</i>--the Communal Practice Of Lectio Divina<br>further Help For Groups<br>introduction To <i>women Of The Torah: Matriarchs And Heroes Of Israel<br></i>1. Male And Female In The Image Of God (genesis 1:26-2:3)<br>2. Woman, The Partner Of Man (genesis 2:4-25)<br>3. Sin And Its Consequences (genesis 3:1-13)<br>4. Eve, Mother Of All Who Live (genesis 3:14-24)<br>5. Eve, Adah, Zillah, And Naamah (genesis 4:1-7, 16-26)<br>6. Noah's Wife And The Wives Of His Sons (genesis 7:1-16; 8:14-19)<br>7. Sarai Offers Hagar To Bear A Child (genesis 16:1-16)<br>8. God Promises A Son To Sarah (genesis 17:15-22)<br>9. The Aged Sarah Laughs At God's Promise (genesis 18:1-15)<br>10. The Wife And Daughters Of Lot (genesis 19:1-29)<br>11. Lot's Daughters Manipulate Their Father (genesis 19:30-38)<br>12. Sarah Gives Birth And Sends Hagar Away (genesis 21:1-21)<br>13. Rebekah Shows Her Willing Heart (genesis 24:10-33)<br>14. Rebekah Becomes The Wife Of Isaac (genesis 24:50-67)<br>15. Rebekah Gives Birth To Two Nations (genesis 25:19-28)<br>16. Rebekah Wins The Blessing For Jacob (genesis 27:5-29)<br>17. Rebekah Rescues Jacob And Sends Him Away (genesis 27:41-28:5)<br>18. Rebekah's Son Meets Rachel At The Well (genesis 29:1-14)<br>19. Leah And Rachel Married To Jacob (genesis 29:15-30)<br>20. Leah, Bilhah, And Zilpah Give Birth (genesis 29:31-30:13)<br>21. Faithful Commitments Fulfilled For Rachel (genesis 30:14-24)<br>22. Rachel And Leah Leave Their Homeland (genesis 31:13-35)<br>23. The Rape Of Dinah (genesis 34:1-31)<br>24. Deborah And Rachel Die Along The Journey (genesis 35:6-20)<br>25. Tamar, The Righteous Woman (genesis 38:6-30)<br>26. Joseph And The Egyptian Wife Of Potiphar (genesis 39:1-23)<br>27. Midwives And Daughters Save God's People (exodus 1:15-22; 2:1-10)<br>28. Zipporah, The Wife Of Moses (exodus 2:15-22; 4:19-26)<br>29. The Prophet Miriam Sings Of God's Triumph (exodus 15:19-21; Numbers 12:1-9)<br>30. Five Daughters Advocate For Their Rights (numbers 27:1-11)<br>ancient-future Bible Study For Small Groups<br>suggestions For Participating In The Group<br>group Study In Six Sessions