New Bible Study for Bucknellians and Community


Starting Sunday Aug. 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bucknell Barnes & Noble Cafe, please join us for a weekly exploration of the origins of the Biblical tradition in the Christian Church, across the 2022-2023 school year. We’ll begin with Genesis 1 and 2 on Aug. 28, discussing the text and its reception in the early Church and continuing today, from Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, and in commentators from the first centuries of the Christian era.

No homework is needed and no Bible, just come with an open and interested mind. We’re following the Orthodox Study Bible, which draws on the Greek Septuagint Old Testament and is available also as an ebook, but if you’d like to bring a Bible or use an e-Bible, any version will be fine.

We’ll explore the Book of Genesis in light of the perspective of Church writers of the first millennium and its continued relevance today.

A page from the 1611 first edition of the Authorized or King James Version of the English Bible.

Then we’ll also read together the Book of Job, about a man from the era chronicled in the Book of Genesis, who suffered much and pondered much on Creation, and received wisdom from God.

Co-sponsored by the Bucknell Orthodox Christian community and Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco Russian Orthodox Mission Church in Lewisburg-Winfield. You also are very welcome to join us for worship Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. at the Lewisburg Club, 131 Market St., alley entrance, and on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on campus (check here, and on message center, and the Church website for campus locations).

The Bible Study will be facilitated by Father Deacon Paul Siewers of St. John’s Church, who is adviser to the Bucknell Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and is Associate Professor of English at Bucknell, where he teaches the Bible as Literature course. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in English, he holds a diploma in Pastoral Theology, specializes in pre-modern literature in his academic work, and is former William E. Simon Fellow of Religion and Public Life at Princeton’s James Madison Program.

St John’s Bible Study on the Epistles of the Apostle Paul, 2021
Deacon/Prof. Paul with grad student

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