Office Hours

An Online Pop Up Bible Study

The Book of Job: Seeking God in a Chaotic World
Sunday mornings from May 31st through June 28th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Facebook

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Join biblical studies professors and church theologians for a new live, interactive, impromptu online Bible study.

Office Hours: An Online Popup Bible Study” returns on May 31, 2020, at 9:30 am (EST) on Facebook Live and Zoom. Join First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta’s Scholar in Residence, Chris Holmes, and Columbia Theological Seminary’s associate professor of Hebrew Bible, Brennan Breed, for a new study entitled, “The Book of Job: Seeking God in a Chaotic World.” This course provides a close examination of the Book of Job and several of its central themes. Once again, Office Hours will feature conversations with professors from around the country, including Christine Yoder (Columbia Theological Seminary), Brent Strawn (Duke Divinity School), Carol Newsom (Emory University), Choon-Leong Seow (Vanderbilt University), and Safwat Marzouk (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary).

Participants who want a deeper experience may also register to receive free access to course material, complete with syllabus, downloadable readings, and audio-video links for further study. Here is the registration link on the Columbia website.

If you have questions, email Chris Holmes.

Upcoming Office Hours

Sunday May 31, 2020: The Frame Story to Job
Featuring Dr. Christine Yoder, J. McDowell Richards Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Dr. Yoder’s research interests include Israelite and ancient Near Eastern wisdom literature, and she has published several books and articles related to Proverbs.

Sunday June 7, 2020: Job’s Friends
Featuring Dr. Carol A. Newsom, Charles Howard Candler Professor Emerita of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology.

Dr. Newsom’s research focuses on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the biblical wisdom tradition, the book of Daniel, and apocalyptic literature. She has published 13 books, including The Book of Job: A Contest of Moral Imaginations (Oxford University Press, 2003). 

Sunday June 14, 2020: Job’s Dialogues
Featuring Dr. Brent Strawn, Professor of Old Testament at Duke Divinity School.

Dr. Strawn’s research focuses on ancient Near Eastern iconography, Israelite religion, biblical law, the Psalms, poetry, and Old Testament theology. His most recent books are The Old Testament: A Concise Introduction (Routledge, 2019) and The Old Testament Is Dying: A Diagnosis and Recommended Treatment (Baker Academic, 2017).

Sunday June 21, 2020: Divine Speeches in Job
Featuring Dr. Choon-Leong Seow, Distinguished Professor of Hebrew Bible and the Vanderbilt, Buffington, Cupples Chair in Divinity at Vanderbilt University.

In addition to his commentary on Ecclesiastes for the Anchor Bible series, Dr. Seow is currently working on a two-volume commentary on the Book of Job that draws upon Jewish, Christian, and Muslim interpretations as well as other interdisciplinary perspectives.

Sunday June 28, 2020: Is Job a Theodicy?
Featuring Dr. Safwat Marzouk, Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and an ordained minister in the global Presbyterian community.

Dr. Marzouk is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and the Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo, Egypt. He is the author of Intercultural Church: A Biblical Vision for an Age of Migration and Egypt as a Monster in the Book of Ezekiel as well as many scholarly articles and essays for popular publications such as the Huffington Post and the Christian Century. As an Egyptian Christian, Dr. Marzouk has deep experience with interfaith dialogue and a passion for fostering intercultural communication.

Past Sessions