In mid-March, the Women’s Bible Study (WBS) group moved its meeting venue from the Common Room to a Zoom meeting hosted by Beth Keyse. The group continues to meet on Tuesdays with check-in beginning at 12:20 p.m., sharing time starting at 12:30 p.m., and discussion usually commencing by 12:45 p.m. The group uses various study series to inform and inspire its discussions. Conversation is lively, thought-provoking, and often irreverent. All are welcome. If you have the inclination, but not the book—come anyway and give it a try!
WBS has begun a new study using Opening the Bible by Roger Ferlo. The Rev. Dr. Ferlo holds degrees from Colgate University, Yale University and General Theological Seminary. Prior to his retirement in 2017, Ferlo was the President and Professor of Biblical Interpretation and the Practice of Ministry at Bexley Hall Seabury-Western Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is widely published and has a breadth of experience in both academic and parish ministries.
Opening the Bible is the second book in the New Church’s Teaching Series and is available from Cokesbury in paperback (new) and from Amazon in paperback (new and used) and Kindle. The book will not be available in the Cathedral Bookstore. Here is a description:
For many people the Bible is strange and unfamiliar territory, impossible to navigate without a certain kind of knowledge and skill. Roger Ferlo leads his readers through the practical difficulties of reading the Bible, offering advice that is true to the way Anglicans have read Scripture from the time of Tyndale and Cranmer.
Ferlo explains why the Bible looks the way it does, the theology that lies behind the many different versions and translations, how to deal with the notes and cross-references, and the practical tools needed for studying the Bible. Above all he teaches the importance of approaching the Bible with respect―a book with a long history, complex traditions, and diverse authorship, which must be read on its own terms. Ferlo identifies the ground rules of reading Scripture for Anglicans, noting the particular ways Anglicans have read the Bible for revelation, insight, and ethical directives, and suggesting that Scripture itself contains many clues for unlocking its own mysteries.