Every Lent we run a study course to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the Bible and Christian teaching. This Lent we are having a course on those early Christian writings which date from near to the time that the New Testament was written but which weren’t included in the Bible.
Some of these writings, for example the epistles of Clement and Barnabas, were considered in some areas of the early Church to be part of the New Testament. Others were written by a group of people we call the Apostolic Fathers, that is those people who knew the Apostles. Others, such as the Gospel of Saint Thomas, have only been discovered in recent times but are sometimes thought to contain some genuine information about Jesus. And others, such as ‘the Gospel of Saint James’ and ‘the Gospel of Saint Peter’, have nothing at all to do with James or Peter and are merely fanciful writings.
I will provide us with some of these texts so that we can study them and I will try and give some background and introduction. In that way we can both understand a little more why certain books became part of the Bible and others did not, and also learn a little more about the early Church.
Do join us! I am sure that we will have a thought provoking and interesting time! 7.30pm on Wednesdays in Lent in the Barn.
- 13th March: Gospel of Saint Thomas
- 20th March: The Epistles of Clement and Ignatius
- 27th March: The Epistles of Barnabas and Polycarp
- 3rd April: Infancy Gospels: Gospel of Saint James
- 10th April: Passion Gospels: Gospel of Saint Peter
Do put these dates in your diary.
With every good wish from Mark Crowther-Alwyn