Lenten Book Study

Lenten study bookYou’re invited to join a Lenten study led by Ellen Shaner, Curtis Jones, and Susan Cassens. We’ll meet on Tuesday evenings March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 7 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm with a break in the middle for a snack. You don’t have to attend every week to be part of the study — attend as many sessions as you’d like.

Please RSVP to Susan at susanc@sanjosefirst.org. Respond by February 23 if you’d like her to order you a book. If you’re able to make a donation, books will be $10.

The study book is Entering the Passion of Jesus A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levin. Dive deep into the history of the last days before the crucifixion.

Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.

In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. The book provides a rich and challenging learning experience. There’s also a DVD to go with the book.

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