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Abraham (Ancient Future Bible Study Series)

Stephen J Binz
Abraham (Ancient Future Bible Study Series)
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Abraham (Ancient Future Bible Study Series)

Stephen J Binz

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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.^



- Publisher Praise for Abraham"A method of Bible study that has a long and celebrated history in the church is given renewed momentum with this book. Using the story of Abraham, as well as the New Testament writers'' reinterpretation of elements of that story, Binz both introduces lay readers to this important biblical character and leads them through the five movements of lectio divina. The goal here is more than instruction. The method is an invitation to immerse oneself in the riches of our biblical tradition and to give flesh to that tradition in our daily lives. The book 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. Stephen Binz''s Abraham is a welcome contribution in this direction. Abraham is central to the biblical narrative and it is good to see Binz drawing our attention not only to the Abrahamic narratives, but also to Abraham in other parts of the Old and New Testaments. The focus of this book 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"Lectio divina is the perfect practice for studying the life, struggles, and hopes of Abraham and his dynamic significance for the faith and outreach of each one of us! Stephen Binz has done a splendid job of introducing his readers to this practice and immersing them in it. I eagerly suggest this volume--and the entire series--as the basis for your next personal or group study. Your faith will be deeply revitalized."--Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College"I heartily recommend Stephen J. Binz''s book, Abraham, as it allows us to engage the story of the great patriarch through the extraordinary--and simple--means of lectio divina. It allows us to put down the commentaries and word studies and let the beautiful poignancy of the text seep into our souls, all with the aid of the Holy Spirit."--Tony Jones, theologian-in-residence, Solomon''s Porch, Minneapolis; author, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier"The helpful introduction to this book acquaints readers with the ancient practice of lectio divina, the regular meditative reading of Holy Scripture in the context of personal prayer. This discipline, despite its centuries-long use, is still little known outside of monastic and academic settings. Ancient-Future Bible Study, a project that does great credit to Brazos Press, has in mind to correct that historical defect in Christian piety. The quality of Stephen Binz''s Abraham: Father of All Believers, the first volume in this new series, bodes well for the whole project."--Patrick Henry Reardon, author, Creation and the Patriarchal HistoriesPraise 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 tex

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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.^


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Praise for Abraham"A method of Bible study that has a long and celebrated history in the church is given renewed momentum with this book. Using the story of Abraham, as well as the New Testament writers'' reinterpretation of elements of that story, Binz both introduces lay readers to this important biblical character and leads them through the five movements of lectio divina. The goal here is more than instruction. The method is an invitation to immerse oneself in the riches of our biblical tradition and to give flesh to that tradition in our daily lives. The book 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. Stephen Binz''s Abraham is a welcome contribution in this direction. Abraham is central to the biblical narrative and it is good to see Binz drawing our attention not only to the Abrahamic narratives, but also to Abraham in other parts of the Old and New Testaments. The focus of this book 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"Lectio divina is the perfect practice for studying the life, struggles, and hopes of Abraham and his dynamic significance for the faith and outreach of each one of us! Stephen Binz has done a splendid job of introducing his readers to this practice and immersing them in it. I eagerly suggest this volume--and the entire series--as the basis for your next personal or group study. Your faith will be deeply revitalized."--Marva J. Dawn, teaching fellow in Spiritual Theology, Regent College"I heartily recommend Stephen J. Binz''s book, Abraham, as it allows us to engage the story of the great patriarch through the extraordinary--and simple--means of lectio divina. It allows us to put down the commentaries and word studies and let the beautiful poignancy of the text seep into our souls, all with the aid of the Holy Spirit."--Tony Jones, theologian-in-residence, Solomon''s Porch, Minneapolis; author, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier"The helpful introduction to this book acquaints readers with the ancient practice of lectio divina, the regular meditative reading of Holy Scripture in the context of personal prayer. This discipline, despite its centuries-long use, is still little known outside of monastic and academic settings. Ancient-Future Bible Study, a project that does great credit to Brazos Press, has in mind to correct that historical defect in Christian piety. The quality of Stephen Binz''s Abraham: Father of All Believers, the first volume in this new series, bodes well for the whole project."--Patrick Henry Reardon, author, Creation and the Patriarchal HistoriesPraise 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 tex
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Stephen J Binz

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.

Table Of Contents

  • Welcome To Ancient-future Bible Study
    the Movements Of Lectio Divina
    the Essence Of Lectio Divina
    your Personal Practice Of Ancient-future Bible Study
    collatio--the Communal Practice Of Lectio Divina
    further Help For Groups
    introduction To abraham: Father Of All Believers
    1. Abram Goes Forth At The Call Of God (genesis 12:1-9)
    2. Abram And Sarai In Egypt (genesis 12:10-20)
    3. The Families Of Abram And Lot Separate (genesis 13:1-18)
    4. Abram Blessed By Melchizedek (genesis 14:17-24)
    5. God Seals The Covenant With Abram (genesis 15:1-21)
    6. Hagar Gives Birth To Ishmael (genesis 16:1-16)
    7. Ancestor Of A Multitude Of Nations (genesis 17:1-14)
    8. Falling Down Laughing (genesis 17:15-27)
    9. Abraham Hosts The Strangers (genesis 18:1-15)
    10. Abraham Intercedes For Sodom (genesis 18:16-33)
    11. Abraham And Sarah At Gerar (genesis 20:1-18)
    12. Laughing With Sarah At Isaac's Birth (genesis 21:1-7)
    13. Banishment Of Hagar And Ishmael (genesis 21:8-21)
    14. Abraham's Well At Beer-sheba (genesis 21:22-34)
    15. Abraham's Supreme Test (genesis 22:1-8)
    16. The Binding Of Isaac (genesis 22:9-19)
    17. Abraham Purchases The Burial Cave At Hebron (genesis 23:1-16)
    18. Burial Of Sarah And Abraham (genesis 23:17-20; 25:7-11)
    19. The Promises God Made To Abraham (exodus 3:1-6, 13-16; 6:2-9)
    20. Song Of Abraham's Offspring (psalm 105:1-11)
    21. The Rock From Which We Were Hewn (isaiah 51:1-2; Sirach 44:19-21)
    22. Descendants Of Abraham Through Faith (galatians 3:6-9, 15-18)
    23. Our Example Of Faith (romans 4:1-12)
    24. God's Promises Inherited Through Faith (romans 4:13-25)
    25. Remembering The Covenant Of Old (luke 1:57-75)
    26. Father Abraham Have Mercy On Me (luke 16:19-31)
    27. Doing What Abraham Did (john 8:31-42)
    28. Greater Than Our Father Abraham (john 8:48-59)
    29. The Line Of Abraham's Descendants (acts 7:1-8)
    30. The Example Of Abraham's Faith (hebrews 11:8-19)
    ancient-future Bible Study For Small Groups
    suggestions For Participating In The Group
    group Study In Six Sessions
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