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AS-01 The Outlaw David ben Jesse

Was David a “bandit hero”? Dr. Smith-Christopher found a different side of the Biblical David while reading about the Apache bandit Geronimo! So exactly what does David have to do with Geronimo? Discover the Biblical accounts of David that are quite curious - and curiously interesting!

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher - AS-01 - Mon., March 12 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel Auditorium

AS-03 Lunchtime Food for Thought: The Gospel of Mark: Faithful Followers of Jesus

If you were unable to attend Fr. Felix’s presentation the night before, come to this presentation for a repeat performance. This will be his last scheduled presentation before traveling to Europe on sabbatical.

Fr. Felix Just, S.J. - AS-03 - Fri., February 16 - 12:15-1:45 pm - Padre Serra, Serra Center

AS-05 Lunchtime Food for Thought: Ezekiel’s Prophesy: The God of Migration

Should an exiled community make Babylon home? Should they keep their bags packed? Where was God? — in Babylon with them or waiting back in Jerusalem? How should they relate to the foreigners in their new home? The prophet Ezekiel assures them that their God is the “God of Migration”. What lessons does this passage have on how we think about migration and migrants today?

Jina Kang - AS-05 - Fri., February 23 - 12:15-1:45 pm - St. Peter Claver Youth Center

AS-07 The Trial of Jesus: Part II, Roman Trial

This second in a two-part series focuses on the Roman trial of Jesus. How did Romans conduct trials? Who was Pontius Pilate and why was he hearing Jesus’ case? What did Pilate really fear? Did Jesus get a fair trial? Even if you missed Part I, come tonight.

Dave Shaneyfelt - AS-07 - Tues., March 20 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Sacred Heart Hall

AS-09 Getting Through the New Testament in an Evening

The New Testament has a lot to understand! Twenty-seven books, eight different authors (at least), four different biographies of Jesus—how do we make sense of it all? Join Deacon Jim for a short and easy to remember guided tour. Learn how Matthew, Luke, Paul, and John show us the “big idea” of the New Testament.

Dcn. Jim Carper - AS-09 - Mon., February 26 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel Auditorium

AS-11 Slavery and the Bible

Slavery recalls pre-Civil War African Slavery in the South, or the more recent Nazi enslavement of Jews. The Bible has even been used to defend such atrocities! On a closer look in the Scriptures, we can find how slavery was transformed, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament, into something surprisingly not what we would expect! Come to this presentation and understand this topic in a new way.

Chris Knabenshue - AS-11 - Wed., March 7 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Mel O’Connor Activity Center

AS-13 New Testament Miracles: What Can We Learn?

Each of the 39 miracles in the Gospels tells a dramatic story that captured everyone’s attention. That is what miracles do. But they also reveal dramatic and interesting clues about the social and historical climate of Jesus’ time. How can we, as followers of Jesus, learn the Good News from these miracles, and how can our lives be enriched today?

Robert Pisapia - AS-13 - Thurs., February 15 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross Dining Room

AS-15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Possible Impossibility? Following Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

Following the insights of modern biblical scholarship, let’s learn about the Gospel of Mark: who wrote it and why? Is it sophisticated literary design …or not? What is Mark’s unique portrait of Jesus? We will reflect on the puzzle of Christian discipleship for disciples who believed but found it so difficult to believe! (5-part series)

Fr. Slawomir Szkredka - AS-15 - PART 1 - Thurs., February 22 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle Hall

Fr. Slawomir Szkredka - AS-16 - PART 2 - Thurs., March 1 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle Hall

Fr. Slawomir Szkredka - AS-17 - PART 3 - Thurs., March 8 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle Hall

Fr. Slawomir Szkredka - AS-18 - PART 4 - Thurs., March 15 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle Hall

Fr. Slawomir Szkredka - AS-19 - PART 5 - Thurs., March 22 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle Hall

AS-22 El Apocalipsis, ¿Historia de Terror o Carta de Amor y Esperanza – I

¿Debemos tener miedo de lo que leemos en el libro del Apocalipsis? ¿Qué dice realmente el Apocalipsis acerca del fin del mundo? ¿Qué significa “666”? Frecuentemente nos dejamos influenciar por interpretaciones alarmistas del libro del Apocalipsis o por historias fantasiosas y películas supuestamente basados en este libro. La verdad es que el Apocalipsis es un libro con un profundo mensaje de esperanza para los creyentes. Venga a descubrir ese mensaje en esta interesante presentación. En esta primera parte hablaremos sobre el mensaje a las Siete Iglesias, las visiones del Cordero y los Cánticos del Apocalipsis.

Dcn. Memo Rodriguez - AS-22 - Thurs., February 22 - 7:30-9:00 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O’Brien Hall

AS-02 The Gospel of Mark: Faithful Followers of Jesus

How does Mark’s Gospel differ from the others? How is Christ portrayed and why? How can we better understand Mark’s message and follow Jesus more closely? You will hear Mark’s Gospel at Mass throughout this year. Come learn from Fr. Felix how to get the most out of Mark.

Fr. Felix Just, S.J. - AS-02 - Thurs., February 15 - 7:30-9:00 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O’Brien Hall

AS-04 Excavating Jesus: Archaeology’s Latest Discoveries

Has the actual tomb of Jesus just been found? Is it really “radioactive?” What archaeological finds do Muslim authorities in Jerusalem want to hide? What has satellite photography revealed? Archaeologists have made astounding discoveries in the last few years. Fr. Dave will provide an overview of the most important ones, and what Archaeology has revealed over the last century of digging.

Fr. Dave Heney - AS-04 - Mon., March 12 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Sacred Heart Church

AS-06 The Trial of Jesus: Part I, Jewish Trial

Former trial attorney with the U.S. Dept. of Justice, Dave Shaneyfelt, shows how scholars have pieced together scripture and history to understand the greatest trial ever. This first in a two-part series examines the Jewish trial of Jesus. What was the Sanhedrin and who were its members? How did they conduct legal proceedings and did they follow legal procedure at Jesus’ trial?

Dave Shaneyfelt - AS-06 - Tue., March 06 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Sacred Heart Hall

AS-08 Something Fishy about Jonah

The Book of Jonah is a very short and very strange story. Where does it come from? Why is it even in the Bible? Is it at all important in the 21st century? Does it hold any meaning for us now? Bring your Bible, and we’ll find the humor and the message in this old fish tale.

Fr. Bill Lowe  - AS-08 - Tue., March 20 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Padre Serra, Serra Center

AS-10 The Scroll of the Twelve Prophets: Words from the Old Testament for Today

Every Sunday we profess belief in the Holy Spirit “who has spoken through the prophets.” Which prophets? What did they say? Let’s visit the words and thoughts of the Twelve Prophets, the shortest, often ignored, and the most troublesome books in Scripture. What do these Prophets say to us today?

Steve Picard - AS-10 - Thurs., February 15 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Jude the Apostle Hall

AS-12 The Delights of Biblical Hebrew

See and hear sacred scriptures just as Jesus did. Rabbi Lotker reveals some remarkable insights into the original language of the Old Testament, many of the unique characteristics of Biblical Hebrew, and the historical journey of its translations into Aramaic, Greek, Latin and finally, English.

Rabbi Michael Lotker - AS-12 - Wed., March 14 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross, Rooms 21 & 22

AS-14 Revisit the Garden of Eden With a Jewish Tour Guide

Come read the story of the Garden of Eden through Jewish eyes with the insights that Hebrew and modern scholarship bring! We will read the text carefully and examine 1) why there are two stories of creation; 2) which characters speak the whole truth; 3) what exactly was the bone from which the woman was made; 4) the clear and surprising reason that Adam and Eve were expelled; and 5) whether the act of eating the fruit (Was it an apple?) was really a sin or whether God set them up for an important, divine purpose.

Rabbi Michael Lotker - AS-14 - Wed., February 28 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Paschal Baylon Parish Hall

AS-20 Daniel Across Cultures

Dr. Smith-Christopher shares surprising experiences with Christians from different cultures. Look again – or for the first time – at Biblical stories from the “Diaspora experiences” of the ancient Hebrews (e.g. Joseph, Esther, Daniel, Tobit). Come along for a conversation, or just to listen.

Dr. Daniel Smith-Christopher - AS-20 - Wed., March 21 - 7:30-9:00 pm - St. Maximilian Kolbe Hall

AS-21 ¡Quiero Leer la Biblia, pero no sé dónde empezar!

Al querer leer la Biblia puede haber frustración al no saber cómo o por dónde empezar o por el temor a interpretarla mal. En este taller aprenderemos como identificar una Biblia católica y como encontrar una cita. Aprenderemos a leerla como una oración y un recorrido de nuestra historia de salvación. Por favor traiga una Biblia.

Rosario Gonzalez - AS-21 - Wed., March 12 - 7:30-9:00 pm - Holy Cross, Rooms 21 & 22

AS-23 El Apocalipsis, ¿Historia de Terror o Carta de Amor y Esperanza – II

En esta segunda parte hablaremos sobre las visiones sobre las Bestias, el fin del mundo y las Bienaventuranzas del Apocalipsis.

Dcn. Memo Rodriguez - AS-23 - Thurs., March 1 - 7:30-9:00 pm - San Buenaventura Mission, O’Brien Hall