Old Fashioned Bible Study and Intriguing New Ideas
The South Dakota Synod 2018 Spring Theological Conference
April 3-5, 2018
Trinity Lutheran Church
403 Broadway Ave.
Yankton, SD 57078
Guest Theologian: Dr. Mark Allan Powell
Biblical scholars often come up with very different ideas regarding well-known passages, insisting that people have missed the point of the story for centuries. Sometimes this can be very troubling; other times, it may actually be refreshing. There are times when a story that always bothered us may turn out to be more meaningful than we imagined – but, then scholars have also acquired a reputation for sometimes ruining people’s favorite Bible stories.
At this retreat, we will take five well-known passages from the Gospels and do some old-fashioned Bible study, exploring the passages and paying careful atten- tion to some of the details. But we will do this with a “twist”—in each case, Dr. Powell will explain why some interpreters think the traditional understanding is wrong and why they propose a different reading.
This will make for lively discussion. Dr. Powell says that in some of the cases, he actually does think the new reading is preferable and that it might help us in our Christian lives. In other cases, he thinks the proposed new reading may have been an interesting suggestion but it does not ultimately hold up.
- The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12)
- The Widow’s Mite (Mark 12:41-44)
- The Prostitute who Washes Jesus’ Feet (Luke 7) Mary and Martha (Luke 10)
- Parable of Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25)
Mark Allan Powell is the Robert and Phyllis Leatherman professor of New Testament at Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.
Registration: (online registration opening soon)
Cost: $110 ($10 after March 16th)
Lodging: Each registrant is responsible for making lodging arrangements.