The Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is the earliest Gospel written. It comes from approximately 55 AD. It commonly has two endings, the shorter ending of Mark where the women run away and say nothing, and the longer ending with the resurrection appearances. They are both listed in the bible for scholars have yet to be able to determine the authenticity and veracity of which ending is from the author. The Gospel of Mark is replete with Chiastic structures, known as Marken Sandwiches, but also forms a larger Chiastic Structure encompassing the whole text.

A Chiastic Literary Structure is part of Jewish writing and is designed specifically to point to the important components or the centre of the text. Each component has a mirror component. A and A’ are mirrors of each other. For instance, Jonh points to Jesus at the beginning of the text and the young man points to Jesus at the end of the text.

Following the Chiastic Structure in Mark, the passion prediction becomes the epicentre of the Gospel. I find this particularly interesting especially in light of the shorter ending of Mark where the “women flee and say nothing.”

The Gospel of Mark is a literary challenge. Have you the faith to go ahead to Galilee. Have the faith to believe in the words of Christ, that the Son of Man must suffer and die before he is to be raised from the dead and ascend into heaven. Have you the faith to believe in the resurrection? The text for me is symbolic of the faith that is required of each Christian. It stands in place of Thomas. Can you believe without seeing?

We do hope you will join us as we look deeply into the library known as the Bible. This month we will be meeting on January 31st at the Huether Hotel downstairs in the Malt room at 7:30 pm.

The Bible

The question of the Bible is a difficult one. Often we think of it has a complete book. Yet, in actuality it is a collection of books, a library of sorts, that speaks of the history of the people of Israel and their relationship with God.

Written over thousands of years and with many variant copies it can be difficult to know what to make of the Bible itself. Our next session will concentrate on the history of the Bible. We will learn and discuss some of the different voices in scripture that we can discern and what we can make of the various books.

The study of the Bible itself is a great way to begin to understand God’s way with the world and with humanity. Wrestling with why these particular passages and books were preserved opens an insight into the mind of God and what God wishes for God’s creation.

We do hope you will join us as we look deeply into the library known as the Bible. This month we will be meeting at the Churchill Arms at 355 Erb Street West at 7:30 pm.

The nature of God

Welcome to All Saints’ first Beer & Bible at Morty’s pub on King St North.

We gather on the last Wednesday of each month to study the Bible, share a pint and learn a little bit about ourselves and how we can make a difference in the world. No prior knowledge or church affiliation is necessary. All perspectives and backgrounds are welcome.

For our opening session, we are going to try and get a handle on the nature of God, what we can know about God and how God interacts with humanity. This is a vast topic. So to assist narrowing this topic down to a manageable level, we look at the various covenants (theological contracts) that God has made with humanity through the centuries, ultimately culminating with baptism.