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Paul (Ancient Future Bible Study Series)

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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 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

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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 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
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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 paul: Apostle To All The Nations
    1. Saul Encounters The Risen Lord (acts 9:1-19)
    2. Saul Boldly Proclaims Jesus As The Messiah (acts 9:19-31)
    3. Paul Preaches In The Synagogue On The Sabbath (acts 13:13-31)
    4. God's Universal Mission To All Nations (acts 13:32-52)
    5. Good News Of The Living God (acts 14:8-18)
    6. The Church In Jerusalem Welcomes The Gentiles (acts 15:1-6, 12-21)
    7. Paul Proclaims The God Of All In Athens (acts 17:16-31)
    8. Paul Sparks A Riot In Ephesus (acts 19:23-39)
    9. Paul Bids Farewell To The Churches (acts 20:7-24)
    10. Paul Urges The Churches To Be Ready And Alert (acts 20:25-38)
    11. Paul Welcomed By The Church In Jerusalem (acts 21:10-14, 17-26)
    12. The Faithful Jew Sent To The Gentiles (acts 21:40-22:21)
    13. Paul's First Letter Expresses Joyful Thanksgiving (1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8)
    14. Waiting In Hope For The Coming Of The Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11)
    15. Chosen As The First Fruits For Salvation (2 Thessalonians 2:13-3:5)
    16. It Is Christ Who Lives In Me (galatians 2:15-21)
    17. Promised Heirs Of The Father (galatians 3:23-4:7)
    18. The Fruit Of The Holy Spirit (galatians 5:13-26)
    19. Proclaiming The Scandalous Message Of The Cross (1 Corinthians 1:17-31)
    20. Paul's Style And Motivation For Ministry (1 Corinthians 9:16-27)
    21. The Unity And Diversity Of The Spirit's Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:1-13)
    22. Holding Firmly To What Is Of First Importance (1 Corinthians 15:1-19)
    23. A Precious Treasure In Fragile Vessels (2 Corinthians 4:1-11)
    24. Boasting In Weakness, Living With Strength (2 Corinthians 11:21-30; 12:7-10)
    25. Paul Addresses God's Beloved In Rome (romans 1:1-15)
    26. Jews And Gentiles Justified By Faith (romans 3:21-31)
    27. Transformed By The Love Of God (romans 5:1-11)
    28. Dying And Rising With Christ In Baptism (romans 6:3-14)
    29. Confidence In God's Love Made Known In Christ Jesus (romans 8:28-39)
    30. Life In The World As Worship Of God (romans 12:1-21)
    ancient-future Bible Study For Small Groups
    suggestions For Participating In The Group
    group Study In Six Sessions
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  • Catalogue Code 312121
  • Product Code 9781587432781
  • ISBN 1587432781
  • EAN 9781587432781
  • Pages 192
  • Department Ministry
  • Category Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Jan 2011
  • Sales Rank #76731
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.315kg

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