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LLI: The Book of Job Part 1

Presented ByLifelong Learning Institute, Manassas
When/WhereFriday, Sep 28, 2018 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, Science and Technology
 Thursday, Nov 01, 2018 10:00amHylton Performing Arts Center, Rehearsal Room, Science and Technology

Instructor: The Rev. James Hughes

The Book of Job occupies a prominent place among compositions in the Bible. It is placed in the Hebrew Scriptures but is well known to a wide Christian audience. One reason for its popularity is its universal application to all who read it, whether to a Jewish, Christian or Muslim audience. Textually, Job is classified as Wisdom Literature. This is a genre of writing popular and widely disseminated through the ancient Near East. The one Hebrew word that best sums up Wisdom’s attraction to Israel is “takbullah,” the art of steering. Imagine yourself sitting at the helm of a boat as it coasts down the river and your job is to steer it to safe harbor. That is how Wisdom applies to one’s everyday life: steering its devotees toward wise and careful life decisions. Why bad things happen to good people has been and will continue to be a very timely topic for us.

Note: Those attending should bring a Bible. Make sure the Book of Job is in the table of contents since some editions omit Job. This class will continue into the Spring of 2019 with two more classes on the Book of Job

The Rev. James Hughes was ordained as a priest in the Roman Catholic Church in 1982. More recently he studied at the Virginia Theological Seminary, which led to being received as an Episcopal priest in December 2016. Currently he serves as an associate priest at Trinity Episcopal Church in Manassas. Rev. Hughes holds bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and the classics and a master’s in biblical studies and systematic theology from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He taught two very popular classes for LLI on The Library of Congress, where he worked for 23 years in the Visitor Services Office.

This event is open to the public. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Institute, Manassas, visit: lli-manassas.org

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