The History of Israel and Judah

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This Sunday evening Bible study at Valley Church meets Sundays 6:30-8pm in room 3191. All are welcome. On June 10, 2012, this class began a series on the history of Israel and Judah. It was originally conceived as a fast-paced class of 10-20 weeks, requiring that the reading of the texts be done at home, before class, by each student. That's about 600 pages, a large book. For a reasonably good, disciplined reader, that would take about 30-60 minutes a week. No one will be denied participation, or even hounded, if they don't do the reading. However, all will be strongly encouraged to do the reading. Class time will not include reading of all the text.

That pace was wishful thinking on my part. Based on our experience so far, we will maintain a much slower pace. For the first year, we averaged about 3 pages per week. One would think that someone attending a Bible study could manage to read 3 pages per week. Instructor's lament.

The course syllabus will be continually updated as the class is developed.

Schedule Notes

Class will not be held on the dates below.

Jul 01-02, 2017 (Frank is away)
Jul 15-16, 2017 (Frank is away)
Aug 19-20, 2017 (Frank may be away for Aug 21 solar eclipse)
Sep 02-04, 2017 (Frank is away for ggg999; Labor Day weekend)
Sep 09-10, 2017 (Frank is away for Crawfish & Catfish Festival)
Sep 23-24, 2017 (Frank is away)
Sep 30-30, 2017 (Frank is away)
Oct 21-22, 2017 (Frank is away)
Oct 28-29, 2017 (Frank is away)
Nov 04-05, 2017 (Frank is away)
Jun 09-10, 2018 (Frank is away, MIT 50th reunion)

Resources

Tim Gildersleeve suggests the book A Harmony of Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles, by William Day Crockett, available from Amazon. These public-domain references are helpful:

This class is NOT an official Discipleship Elective class of Valley Church. We meet with permission in room 3191 at Valley Church of Cupertino. We can bring friends, but we cannot publicize it as an official Valley event.

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