The start of the Lay Institute of Theology Fall Bible Study, to be led by Professors David C. Hester and W. Eugene March, has been postponed until Wednesday, October 1.
"Creator, Creatures, and all Creation," a six-week exploration of biblical tradition, was to begin Wednesday, September 24, on the campus of Louisville Seminary. However, an electrical blackout that forced the Seminary to shut down for an entire week has resulted in cancellation or postponement of several campus events, including the popular fall Bible study.
The event, which is scheduled to take place at the Laws Lodge Conference Center at Louisville Seminary, will begin October 1 and will run as scheduled for six weeks. Sessions will take place each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until noon.
The Bible study will consider a number of passages that reflect the Scriptures' awareness of and concern for the creative power of God. Two well known, biblical scholars and authors will lead this year's study, which traditionally draws more than 100 participants.
David C. Hester is Dean and the Harrison Ray Anderson Professor of Pastoral Theology at Louisville Seminary. His interest in the interface between Bible, interpretation, and Christian education, as well as congregational studies is reflected in many of his publications. These include numerous articles and chapters as well as Job in the Interpretation Bible Studies Series (2005), Building Effective Boards for Religious Organizations, co-written with Thomas P. Holland (2000), and First and Second Samuel, Interpretation Bible Series (2000). A forthcoming project will investigate how Scripture is actually read and interpreted by people in the Church and will address “biblical literacy” as it relates to congregants knowing how to read Scripture in ways that it becomes enlightening to daily life.
W. Eugene March is A.B. Rhodes Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Louisville Seminary. March is widely recognized for his adult Bible lessons in The Presbyterian Outlook and his revision of A.B. Rhodes’ The Mighty Acts of God, published in 2000. He is also the author of Israel and the Politics of the Land (1994), a commentary on Haggai in The New Interpreter’s Bible (1996), and The Wide, Wide Circle of Divine Love: A Biblical Case for Religious Diversity (2005). In retirement he serves as an editorial consultant for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. In 2007, he published Great Themes of the Bible, Vol. 1 and a contemporary update of his Israel and the Politics of the Land (1994), called God's Land on Loan: Israel, Palestine, and the World.
This scholarly duo co-taught an adult Sunday school class at Highland Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Ky., for more than 25 years.
Tuition for the Fall Bible Study is $40, and individuals may register online at www.lpts.edu/Lifelong-Learning or contact the Office of Lifelong Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org.