Christian Classics Study Group – The Epistle of Barnabas – Friday 13 April

Dear Friends in Christ:

As mentioned at our last Christian Classics, this Friday the 13th of April we will be led, by the Rev Dr Jos Strengholt, through the very early anonymous Christian writing – The Epistle of Barnabas.  Though we don’t know for sure who wrote The Epistle of Barnabas, this work has been ascribed to Clement of Alexandria in Egypt.  It is generally thought to have been written sometime between 70 and 150 AD.  The Epistle reflects on the Old Testament practices of animal sacrifices, the distinctive enactments of the Mosaic Law, and the Temple in Jerusalem and contrasts a Judaic and Christian understanding of these.

The Evening begins at 6:30pm with supper at the Parsonage and the discussion of the work is from 8pm-9:30pm.  We will each receive a copy of the text, The Epistle of Barnabas, and a short workbook.  Fr Strengholt will give us a background on the work and then  guide us in our reading of the text.

If you want to read ahead of time, you can click here for a pdf version:

If you want to hear an audio version is here (with apologies for the background music):

Please let David Vollmer know if you are coming so we can prepare enough materials and also if you intend to come for supper beforehand so we know how many meals to prepare for:

This is the second of a series of evenings over the next year on early Church writings, led by the Rev Dr Jos Strengholt.  We will intersperse these evenings focussing on early Church writings with texts also from the middle ages and the modern Church.

I hope you can join us!


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