Telling the Story 2014: The End of the World as We Know It
This season's theme was The Apocalypse. Yes, it’s the end of the world as we know it. This biblical theme, which stretches throughout scripture right to the Bible’s culmination, is an inescapable aspect to Christian theology and biblical understanding.
We began with an in-depth look at Daniel, chapter 7. There was a reader, and the Rev’d Canon Andrew Asbil offered his reflections on the text and engaged participants in conversation about their themes. Redeemer musicians supplied music to draw us into the passages.
The Little Apocalypse
The Little Apocalypse is a discourse by Jesus (also called the Olivet Discourse) recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Although the three presentations are very similar, there are differences.
Abigail Young opened up the text for us through reflection and discussion. Todd Dulmage was our reader. The evening began with a shared meal and afterwards we gathered for story-telling, biblical reflection and music.
Our series continued as we looked at the Revelation to John. We began with a shared meal and then gathered for storytelling, Biblical reflection and music.
A Look at Two Extra-Canonical Books
The series concluded by looking at a sampling of extra-canonical works; books that are not in the Bible, but which have still gained the attention of some Biblical scholars. There was a story teller each evening, and Redeemer musicians supplied music to draw us into the texts.
The Gospel of Thomas
Dr John Kloppenborg, F.R.S.C., Professor and Chair in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto, discussed canonicity, and the Gospel of Thomas.
The Book of Enoch
Dr Terence L. Donaldson, Professor of New Testament Studies at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto, discussed the apocalyptic text known as the Book of Enoch.