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Summer Sundays with Discovery: The Gospel of Mark

Sundays, June 6-August 29, 2021, Online

Christ Walking on Water by artist B. J. O. Nordfeldt, 1951. Courtesy of Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join us online this summer as we explore together the Gospel of Mark! For three special Sundays (June 6, July 11, and August 8), Discovery will hear from Dr. Peter Ajer, Professor of New Testament at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, as he gives us a “Bible toolkit” for thinking about the Gospel of Mark, its Ancient Near Eastern context, and how Mark still speaks to us today. For all other Sundays in the summer, we will look at stories, parables, and verses in Mark with discussion moderated by Trinity parishioners and staff. This series is designed for all to participate at any point throughout the summer.

Please note that registering for the series does not require you attend every Sunday.

Registration is now open; see the button below. If you have further questions about the series, email ChristianFormation@trinitywallstreet.org.

Unless otherwise noted, each Sunday’s session will be moderated Bible study and discussion led by Trinity parishioners and staff.

Section One: Jesus in Galilee—His ministry begins

June 6  Bible Toolkit with Dr. Peter Ajer

Dr. Ajer will help us explore the Gospel of Mark in its Ancient Near Eastern context, its place in the biblical canon, and how it still speaks to us today.

June 13  Jesus’ Ministry begins (Mark 1:1-39)

June 20  Weathering Life’s Storms—Jesus on the Water (Mark 4:35-41 and 6:45-52)

June 27  Spiritual Food—Jesus provides the Bread of Life/Feeding of the Multitudes (Mark 6:30-44 and 8:1-10)

July 4  The Transfiguration (Mark 9:1-13)

Section Two: Jesus Teaches—Mark in Parables

July 11  Bible Toolkit with Dr. Peter Ajer

Dr. Ajer will help us explore the parables in the Gospel of Mark.

July 18  Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20)

July 25  Parable of the Fig Tree (Mark 11:12-25)

August 1  Parable of the Tenants (Mark 12:1-12)

Section Three: The Passion—Jesus in Jerusalem

August 8  Bible Toolkit with Dr. Peter Ajer

Dr. Ajer will help us explore the Jesus’ Passion in the Gospel of Mark.

August 15  The Passion, Part One—Passover and Gethsemane (Mark 14:12-52)

August 22  The Passion, Part Two—Crucifixion (Mark 15:1-41)

August 29 The Passion, Part Three—Burial and Resurrection (Mark 15:42-47 and Mark 16)

September 5  No Discovery Class (Labor Day weekend)

 

Dr Peter Ajer

About Peter Ajer

Dr. Peter Ajer has been professor of New Testament at Church Divinity School of the Pacific since 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Graduate Theological Union with a doctoral minor in peace and conflict studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Licentiate in Sacred Scripture from Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Learn more about Dr. Ajer here.

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