Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Join Me This Sunday: Understanding Leviticus

This Sunday I will be leading a special study on the Book of Leviticus. That's not a joke. Yes, Leviticus! You may think this book is irrelevant to Christians. . . if so, you're wrong!

Come learn about:
  • . . . all the gory details of the sacrificial laws--and why they are significant!  
  • . . . Israel's the purity laws, e.g., what was "holy," "common," "clean" and "unclean,".  How did Jewish and Christian writers interpret these laws? Why don't these laws apply in the New Covenant?
  • . . . the major Jewish feasts, such as the Day of Atonement. How are these feasts fulfilled in Christ according to the New Testament?
  • . . . how priests ate holy meals that were related to atonement and how the New Testament seems to link these meals to the Eucharist.
  • . . . and much, much more!
Leviticus may seem like an unimportant book for Christians. I hope to disabuse people of that mentality.

We will also be treated to the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Syriac (Aramaic) according to the Melkite Catholic rite @ 11:30am. This is an ancient form of the Mass.

Among other things, after the Eucharist, I will talk about the connection between the divine liturgy and Old Testament rites. Hint: in the Divine Liturgy you will find priests wearing vestments, altars, incense, candles, bread, wine. . . are you seeing any possible connections here?

Where: Sacred Heart Chapel, Covina (381 W. Center St., Covina, CA 91723)
When: Begins at 9am. Divine Liturgy at 11:30am. Sessions resume after lunch @ 1:30pm. We will finish at 3pm.
For more information call: 1-800-526-2151.


Josh Peterson said...

For those who cannot attend (like me) can you mention some resources that might help understand Leviticus? I'm been reading it recently, and it's application to Christianity doesn't make much sense to me. Thanks!

jms.gorman said...

Maybe you could post your notes for those who cannot attend. I would love to study them.


A. T. Wallace said...

Josh Peterson: To whet your appetite, read St. Thomas in the Summa theologiae, First part of the second part, questions 98-108. If you're interested specifically how the sacrificial precepts, with blood and guts and incense, foreshadow Christ, check out esp. questions 101-103. Enjoy.

Josh Peterson said...

Thanks dmwallace! After just the first article it looks interesting. This makes me wish I had a kindle or something for easier reading. I see that I'll have to read these more than once to understand them!

John Bergsma said...

I actually did a major paper for my Th.M. on Aquinas' treatment of the Old Testament laws, primarily Leviticus. And I did it at--Calvin Seminary! Great school--thank God for it.