October 9, 2015

Upcoming Rector’s Forums

Elizabeth ‘Libbie’ Schrader is a recent graduate of General Theological Seminary. In September, Libbie’s
M.A. thesis ‘Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?’ was published by the Harvard Theological Review. CHR is delighted to host Schrader on May 28 and June 4 for two Rector’s Forums. Read about them below!

Was Martha of Bethany Added to the Fourth Gospel in the Second Century?
Sunday, May 28. 9:35am in Darlington Hall
In this talk, based on her research recently published in the Harvard Theological Review, Libbie Schrader shows us the troubling manuscript variations around Martha in John’s Gospel. Based on the oldest manuscript that exists of John 11, Papyrus 66, she argues that Martha was a later addition to the text. Could Martha have been added to the text to obscure sensitive information about Lazarus’ sister Mary of Bethany?

Who was the Beloved Disciple?
Sunday, June 4. 9:35am in Darlington Hall
John’s Gospel refers to a mysterious “Beloved Disciple,” who has traditionally considered to be John, the son of Zebedee. However most modern scholars call that identification into question. In this talk, Libbie Schrader explains the problems with identifying John of Zebedee as the Beloved Disciple, and surveys recent scholarship on the identity of the Beloved Disciple. She also provides a new theory of her own on who the Beloved Disciple might be.

Weekly Bible Study Opportunities

Want to start the new year on the right foot? Come to Bible Study! Four great options to choose from: Tuesday Morning Men’s Bible Study, lay led, 7:30 am Wednesday Night Feminist Bible Study and Supper with Tuesday Rupp, 7:00 pm after Celtic Eucharist beginning on February 1st Monthly Men’s Bible Study in Midtown with Matt Heyd, the second Wednesday of every month, 8:30 am, beginning on February 8th Friday Morning Bible Study with Matt Heyd, 9:45 am every week in the Tree Room (undercroft)

Contact Matt Heyd, mheyd@heavenlyrest.org, or Tuesday Rupp, trupp@heavenlyrest.org, to sign up or for more details.

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Need a Prayer

PSALM 51
Open my lips, O Lord,
and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from your presence
and take not your holy Spirit from me.

Give me the joy of your saving help again
and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.