Thursday Night Bible Study with Elder James Jones

Elder James Jones is teaching two dynamic Bible Study courses each Thursday night:

  • The Book of Proverbs from 7:00-8:00 PM
  • The Gospel of John from 8:00-9:00 PM

You may attend one or both classes and you may start at any time. It is not necessary for you to have been present from the beginning of each class. Elder Jones is a great instructor and you will be blessed by the insights and Bible study knowledge you will gain from either of these classes.

The classes are held each Thursday at the Providence Kinsman campus. The address is 12712 Kinsman Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44120. For questions, contact the church office at 216.991.5315 or send an email to info@pbcoc.org.

The Book of Proverbs

Wikipedia provides the following information on the Book of Proverbs:

The book of Proverbs is referred to as wisdom literature along with several others: the book of JobEcclesiastes, the Song of Solomon, and certain Psalms, known as wisdom psalms. Among the deuterocanonical books, the Wisdom of Sirach and the Wisdom of Solomon are wisdom literature.

Throughout Proverbs, wisdom (or the wise person) is compared and contrasted with foolishness (or the fool). ‘Fool’ in Proverbs indicates one who is lacking in wisdom and uninterested in instruction, not one who is merely silly or playful (though see the words of Agur for a “fool” who has wisdom, and could be seen as playful). Wisdom is held up as something worth effort to attain and the reader is told that it starts with the person of YHWH: “The fear of YHWH is the beginning of wisdom.” [5]

In addition, throughout the instructions found in the various collections in Proverbs, wisdom is said in the discourse to come mostly from father to son (or mother to son in certain passages, for example, Lemuel, and parts of 1-9).[6] This wisdom literature is concerned with the realities of human experience, from the mundane to the sublime, and with the relationship between that experience and the divine. Wisdom is personified throughout the text as a female figure who was the absolute first of God’s creations and who existed before life inhabited the earth. When Wisdom speaks she speaks in the first person feminine [7] and identifies herself not just as the first companion of God, but also as the preserver of justice in civilization and the source of human advancement.[8] Injustice by contrast is personified as a female adulteress luring unsuspecting male youths to their early death at the hands of a wrathful husband.[9]

Proverbs’ Structure

  • The Proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 1-9)
  • Title and Prologue (Proverbs 1:1-7)
  • Main Text Divided Into Discourses (Proverbs 1:7-9:18)
  • The Proverbs of Solomon (Proverbs 10-22:16)
  • Proverbial Sayings (Proverbs 10:1-22:16)
  • Thirty “Sayings of the Wise” (Proverbs 22:27-24:22)
  • Additional “Sayings of the Wise” (Proverbs 24:23-34)
  • Proverbs of Solomon copied by the men of Hezekiah (Proverbs 25-29)
  • Sayings of Agur (Proverbs 30)
  • Sayings of King Lemuel (Proverbs 31:1-9)
  • Duties of a King (Proverbs 31:1-9)
  • Praise of the Virtuous Woman (Proverbs 31:10-31)

The Gospel of John

Wikipedia provides the following information on The Gospel of John:

The Gospel According to John (Greek τὸ κατὰ Ἰωάννην εὐαγγέλιον), commonly referred to as the Gospel of John or simply John, is an anonymous account of the public ministry of Jesus. It begins with the witness and affirmation of John the Baptist and concludes with the death, burial, resurrection, and post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. This account is fourth of the canonical gospels, after the synoptics (MatthewMark and Luke), and is often referred to in New Testament scholarship as the Fourth Gospel.

Chapter 21 states that the book derives from the testimony of the ‘disciple whom Jesus loved.’ Along with Peter, the unnamed disciple is especially close to Jesus, and early church tradition identified him as John the Apostle, one of Jesus’ Twelve Apostles. The gospel is closely related in style and content to the three surviving Epistles of John such that commentators treat the four books,[1]along with the Book of Revelation, as a single body of Johannine literature. According to most modern scholars, however, John was not the author of any of these books.[2]

Scholar Raymond E. Brown has traced the development of the tradition from which the gospel arose.[3] The discourses seem to be concerned with issues of the church-and-synagogue debate at the time when the Gospel was written.[4] It is notable that, in the gospel, the community appears to define itself primarily in contrast to Judaism, rather than as part of a wider Christian community.[5] Though Christianity started as a movement within Judaism, Christians and Jews gradually became bitterly opposed.[6]

John presents a “higher” Christology than the synoptic gospels, meaning that it describes Jesus as the incarnation of the divine Logosthrough whom all things were made, as the object of veneration,[7] and more explicitly as God incarnate.[8] Only in John does Jesus talk at length about himself and his divine role, often sharing such information with the disciples only. Against the synoptics, John focuses largely on different miracles (including the resurrection of Lazarus), given as signs meant to engender faith. Synoptic elements such as parables and exorcisms are not found in John. It presents a realized eschatology in which salvation is already present for the believer.

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