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This week’s Biblical Literacy class features a Q & A with Professor Alister McGrath, renowned theologian and scientist. Mark begins by giving listeners insight into Professor McGrath’s personal life. McGrath was an atheist in his teens but became a Christian in college. Listen to how he abandoned atheism and embraced Christianity then went on to obtain a second and third doctorate. Among Professor McGrath’s 40 published books, his favorite is his C. S. Lewis biography.
Professor David B. Capes of the Houston Graduate School of Theology discusses the Book of Mark. This second Gospel provides us with a scripted invitation of knowing Jesus' ministry. Professor Capes teaches on the fulfillment of prophecy, especially through John the Baptist, as Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament promises.
Mark took a break from his series "Paul, a Legal Case Study," to discuss devotions from the Jewish Bible. TaNaKh is the Hebrew word for Old Testament. Each letter stand for a section of Scripture: Torah (the Law), Nevi’im (the Prophets), and Ketuvi (the Writings) Listen to Mark share a few devotionals planned for an upcoming book of devotions that will correspond to the yearly reading of the Torah.
Mark taught Round Two of why he’s writing devotions based on the Torah, the first five books of the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible). He began with a review from the previous week showing how the Tanakh is divided into three divisions. He then moved on to share devotions from Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Listen to Mark teach from Genesis about Jacob’s journey to God beginning with the deception of his birthright, flight to safety, wrestling with God, and God giving him a new name of Israel. But God never tells Jacob His name. God is God, and that’s enough. Listen to Mark as he shares what God has stirred up in him while writing the Torah devotions.