4:30pm ET / 3:30pm CT / 2:30pm MT / 1:30pm PT
Join Rev. Dr. David Fekete for a mini course hosted with Zoom Meeting using the password that you were given when you registered for Convention.
Swedenborgians have a tendency to hunger for the internal sense of the Bible. But in doing so, we may miss what the Bible is trying to teach us. What about the literal sense, the “sense of the letter?” Swedenborg writes,
The Word is in its fullness, in its holiness, and in its power in the sense of the letter; and since the Lord is the Word . . . it follows that he is fully present in that sense, and that from it he teaches and enlightens persons (TCR 225).
This mini-course approaches John’s Gospel from the power of the literal sense. I let John speak for Himself, rather than force doctrines into his text. I derive meaning from John’s own language, rather than by “decoding” his language with symbols taken from Swedenborg’s commentaries on Genesis, Exodus, and Revelation. This course reads John’s Gospel in its own words.
Due to time limitations, this mini-course will look at only the first chapter of John. The 8-week course I designed on the entire Gospel is currently being discussed as a possible offering through CSS.
Rev. Dr. Dave Fekete is a proud graduate of Urbana University, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia. Having served as the president of the Edmonton Interfaith Center for Education and Action, he has attended and presented in numerous international interfaith conventions. He is on the Academic Senate, D.Min. Program Committee, and is associate faculty at Saint Stephen’s College.