The Bible Study Group meets weekly on Friday 10:00 a.m., over Teleconference.
Apocryphal / Deuterocanonical Books
Starting from September 24, the Friday Bible Study group will be looking into the Apocryphal books, beginning by focusing on the history of the Maccabean revolt (1 & 2 Maccabees). As a study guide, each participant will receive a copy of The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha, New Revised Standard Version
Although the Apocryphal materials are not recognized by the Protestants as Scripture, they are still useful to bridge the 400 year gap of the New Testament and the Old Testament. This is what the early reformer Andreas Bodenstein had to say about the Apocryphal books (De Canonicis Scripturis Libellus, 1520):
“What they contain is not to be despised at once; still it is not right that Christians should relieve, much less slake, their thirst with them…. Before all things the best books must be read, that is, those that are canonical beyond all controversy; afterwards, if one has the time, it is allowed to peruse the controverted books, provided that you have the set purpose of comparing and collating the non-canonical books with those which are truly canonical.”
Here is an interesting and helpful video showing the ebb and flow of empires in the Ancient Near East:
Psalm of Ascent
Starting from April 9, we are looking into the Psalms of Ascent (Psalm 120-134). Over 15 weeks, we will be studying these psalms, much like the people of God in their ancient pilgrimage to the city of Jerusalem, to the temple of the Lord. We will be using the book “A Long Obedience, in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society“, by Eugene Peterson as the main reference material to guild our journey. If you are interested to join us, contact the Rev. Paul Wu at 613-276-2551 for more information.
2020 Annual Report (submitted by Don Tate)
We meet faithfully every Friday morning to read and study books of the Old and New Testaments, chapter by chapter. We have been studying together for eleven years and, in that time, have covered a significant part of the Bible. Our average participation is nine persons. Before the pandemic, we met in person but since March we have been meeting by teleconference.
During 2020 we have studied the Book of Daniel, and 1 and 2 Samuel. At the end of the year, we were well along in our study of the Book of Isaiah.
Pastor Dan Chook Reid joined with us up until the end of August and contributed greatly to our discussions. We were delighted to have our new minister, the Rev. Paul Wu, participate with us after he arrived at the end of November.