Bible Study with Pastor Jim

There are three opportunities to join Rev. Jim Sprouse each week for a journey through scripture.

January - May 2017: Jesus and His Jewish Influences (details below)

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Mondays at 10 a.m.

Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.


Led by Rev. Jim Sprouse. All classes are held in the church library.


Jodi Magness, is the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Magness holds a senior endowed chair in the Department of Religious Studies at The University of North Carolina: the Kenan Distinguished Professor for Teaching Excellence in Early Judaism. She received her B.A. in Archaeology and History from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1977 and her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. From 1990 to 1992, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Syro-Palestinian archaeology at the Center for Old World Archaeology and Art at Brown University. From 1992 to 2002, she was Associate/Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology in the Departments of Classics and Art History at Tufts University. Magness’most recent books are The 2003–2007 Excavations in the Late Roman Fort at Yotvata; The Archaeology of the Holy Land: From the Destruction of Solomon’s Temple to the Muslim Conquest; and Stone and Dung, Oil and Spit: Jewish Daily Life in the Time of Jesus.

Magness’ book The Archaeology of Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls won the Biblical Archaeology Society’s Award for Best Popular Book on Archaeology for 2001–2002 and was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003 by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. In addition, her book The Archaeology of the Early Islamic Settlement in Palestine was awarded the 2006 Irene Levi-Sala Book Prize.

Below are her lectures for this series – Jesus and His Jewish Influences:

1)      Jesus and Judaism

2)      Sacred Mountains and Law Giving in Judaism

3)      The United and Divided Israelite Kingdoms

4)      The Destruction of Solomon’s Temple

5)      The Jewish and Samaritan Schism

6)      Alexander the Great’s Impact on the Jews

7)      Desolating Sacrilege and the Maccabean Revolt

8)      Apocalyptic Works and the “Son of Man”

9)      Jesus’ Jewish Lineage

10)  Was Jesus a Pharisee?

11)  The Dead Sea Scrolls: Earliest Hebrew Bible

12)  Was Jesus an Essene?

13)  The Reign of Herod the Great

14)  Pontius Pilate: A Roman Prefect

15)  Anarchy in Judea

16)  Jesus’ Prophecy: Jerusalem’s Destruction

17)  Flavius Josephus: Witness to 1st Century A.D

18)  Rabbinic Judaism’s Traditions about Jesus

19)  Jesus’ Apocalyptic Outlook

20)  Jesus’ Teachings and Sayings in Context