Deepening our Faith through Surprising Insights into Key Words Used by New Testament Writers and Early Friends – Retreat, April 21-23, 2017

Moving Beyond “It’s All Greek to Me!”

Facilitated by Henry Jason

The role of words is to bring us to that which words cannot express.  (Isaac Penington, paraphrased).

During this weekend Henry Jason will combine his familiarity with New Testament Greek and his extensive experience with early Friends’ writings to open to participants new understanding of the original meanings of many Scripture references that are fundamental to classic Quakerism. For instance, the first generations of Quaker ministers urged people to live out Jesus’ command to be perfect. But what did “perfect” mean in 17th C ordinary discourse and Scripture translations? And did the dove that descended on Jesus at the beginning of his earthly ministry signify “peace” to the Jews then as it does to us today? Does the phrase “fear of God” imply an angry, punitive deity? And where did the unlikely image of a camel going through the eye of a needle come from? Opportunities to ponder Henry’s explanations of these and many other puzzles can lead past an “outward,” literal understanding of declarations of Friends’ faith to an “inward”, spiritual experience of the faith itself.

The Friends Center in Barnesville, Ohio, is a retreat and conference center for exploring Christian unprogrammed Quakerism and its meaning today. It is rooted in Ohio Yearly Meeting (Conservative).

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