Meridian Central UMC to host for Old Testament seminar

6/29/2009

Dr. Sandra L. Richter of Asbury Theological Seminary will lead a two-day seminar on the Old Testament in Meridian’s Central United Methodist Church.

The event, “The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament” is begins at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 and started at 2 p.m. Aug. 23 in the fellowship hall of the church.

Richter summarizes her seminar by saying,

“Why do folks struggle with the study of the Old Testament?” Richter asks. “For too many Christians it’s because no one has ever taught them that this is their story, for many it’s the great barrier that stands between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ but for most the biggest problem is what I call the ‘Dysfunctional Closet Syndrome.’ In other words, for most Christians their knowledge of the Old Testament is like an unbearably messy closet — too many names, dates, and places all jumbled up into too little space. So folks shy away from the Old Testament because it is just too hard to sort out the detail, follow the story and get at information they can use. This two-day seminar offers a solution: the big picture.

“Taught in the context of the historical and social realities of the ancient Near East, this seminar is designed to bring the reader beyond a collection of details to the point where he or she can place those details into a framework that clarifies the sweeping themes of redemptive history. The core of the seminar is the concept of covenant.”

The registration deadline is Aug. 10. The cost is $20 per person. Saturday lunch and nursery are provided. To register, contact the Rev. Amy Roller at the Central United Methodist Church office at 601- 693-1521 or by e-mail at amy@cumcmdn.org.

Richter is currently associate professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, and soon to be professor of Old Testament at Wesley Biblical Seminary in Jackson.