Dr. Lilburn Wesche Launches Epworth Bible Study
November 5, 2014
Last Sunday Dr. Lilburn Wesche launched an eight-week Bible study in the 9:00 hour at Epworth. His topic in the opening session was "How We Got Our Bible."
Dr. Wesche, former head of the Department of Education at NNU, emphasized that the Bible tells a story— an amazing story. He also said that the process of learning is not memorizing facts, but gathering information to form better questions. In this class we will be gaining information and asking questions.
Wesche said that the Old Testament was written between 1500 and 500 BC and we can know the information in our scriptures is accurate, even though it has gone through millennia of copying, because of comparisons with the earliest fragments show no essential changes.
During their forty years in the wilderness the nation of Israel was getting organized as a people. They formed their legal system, religious system and methods of functioning as a society. This is likely when the first books of the Old Testament were written. The Hebrew belief in one God was unique among all the peoples of the Earth at that time and their scriptures were God's promise that He was with them and guiding them.
The first Scriptures were written in Hebrew. Then in Aramaic. When Alexander the Great conquered the world he established libraries and the Greek language became universal. The Bible was translated into Greek. When Rome conquered the world we got the Latin Bible. When King James assembled scholars to make the translation that bears his name today he gave them two guidelines: To make it poetic and to make royalty look good.
The first scriptures were written on papyrus formed from the fused fibers of reeds. Then vellum was invented from prepared animal skins. Both mediums are very fragile. The invention of paper made printing possible because paper is strong enough to hold up to the printing process. Today we still face the challenges of translation and preservation as new versions of the Holy Bible appear in new mediums.
Bible Study continues at 9:00 in the Parish Hall at Epworth Chapel on The Green 6110 Northview for the next 7 Sundays. Everyone is welcome. Dr. Wesche asks that attendees be prompt and bring a Bible.