This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.
The cohosts for the twenty-four video episodes are Reverend Shane Stanford, senior pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and Reverend Christine Chakoian, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois. They will meet with a different biblical scholar in each video episode.
Each video in the coming weeks features a conversation between the hosts and a biblical scholar around the Covenant table. Their conversation is a model for the kind of learning dynamic that is central to this study.
This is Episode 13 Additional Video: Different Kinds of Proverbs
There are different kinds of proverbs. Two line sayings can be any of the following: both lines say almost the same thing; the second line is the inverse of the first line; the second line expands on the first line. There are also the "better than" sayings, happy or blessed sayings, commands/prohibitions, etc. The sages are saying that the way we respond to life is through poetry. Through brief, often vivid metaphorical sayings this crafted speech is honed and handed down. They are simple sayings that reflect the sages' view that God formed the world by wisdom and the wise align themselves with this wisdom-shaped world in very practical ways. The foolish don't align themselves with God's work in the world and even align themselves against it. Ecclesiastes tells the reader that here is the moment that matters.
Running time: 5:33
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