Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories: Sarah and Abraham

Revealing the timeless truths unfolding from the Bible’s pages.
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About This Course

Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

Our Vision

Reveal the timeless truths unfolding from the Bible’s pages.

Our Aim

Through a unique blend of Bible study, performance, Biblical scholarship, discussion and personal reflection, we aim to present relevant historical background, provide understanding, offer emotional connection, and encouragement to live out the timeless truths of scripture.

Our Approach

We've designed each character study to begin with historical background for the character, then a basic Bible study for you to do, so you can see for yourself what the text actually says. 

Then we'll show you an artistic concept--a performance--of that character, along with life application questions.

The final piece is a lecture, wrapping up the study, and offering some thoughts on how to live out the wisdom you've gained. 

Each segment of the study includes a 10 to 20 minute video, with a written character study sheet, and a written Bible study sheet, which you can spend as much, or as little, time on as you would like.

Our Hope 

This study is designed for those new to the Bible, and for those who would like a more experiential approach to Bible study.

What are the requirements?

  • Students will need to have access to a Bible, either hard copy, or online.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Have a deeper understanding of biblical characters' life stories, and how to live out their wisdom.

What is the target audience?

  • If you are new to the Bible, or would like to have a more experiential approach to Bible study, this course is for you. Though we seek to have good scholarship, this is not a primarily intellectual approach.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories: Introduction
02:54

We love God, and we love His word, so we're hoping you'll be interested in joining us on this grand adventure of discovering all the dimensions and facets of what God has in store for us in the Bible.

Throughout our studies we'll be quoting clips from the Bible. Anything that doesn't say it's from the King James Version (KJV) will be from the New International Version (NIV). However, there are lots and lots of Bible translations out there; so please, you pick whichever one you're most comfortable with.

If you're new to the Bible--or curious about our take on things--we've prepared some sections to cover the basics of Bible Study and Prayer. Then we jump into our main topic, Sarah's story.

10:07

If you'd like to get to know us a little better before joining us, this is how we got started, and where Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories came from.

Section 2: The Bible
09:26

What is the Bible? And what sets this book apart from every other ancient document? 


This lecture portion contains:

1. A 9 minute talk on the Bible's authenticity and trustworthiness

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "What Is The Bible")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk  

9 questions

This quiz covers who wrote the Bible, and how reliable the Bible is as the source for truth.

09:12

            Knowing more makes you smarter, but does it make you wiser? 

               Learn how studying the Bible can help you become wise.


This lecture portion contains:

1. A 9 minute talk on suggestions for studying the Bible

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "How Can I Study The Bible")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

7 questions

See if you can explain why, according to 1 Timothy 3:16-17, why studying the Bible a good idea, and describe the three steps that garner the greatest benefit in studying the Bible.


04:57

There is always so much more! One of the ways we experience God’s word as “living and active” is in how we can enter into the Bible’s stories. 

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 5 minute talk on suggestions on how to see parallels between your own story, and the Bible character's story

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "Character Study")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

6 questions

Get a handle on what makes our Character Study unique, and not like the Bible Study portion of our course.

Section 3: Prayer
04:10

Every faith has a form of prayer—every ancient faith, and every remote tribe enjoins deity in some kind of prayer. Prayer is universal because it speaks to a basic human need. 

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 4 minute talk on the characteristics of prayer

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "What About Prayer")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

4 questions

Let's see if you have a basic understanding of what prayer is.

01:50

Understanding what prayer is, and why God has given us the gift of prayer, helps us to understand why what we ask, and how God answers, don’t always seem to line up the way we’d prefer. In this study we would like you to experience prayer as the transforming relationship God means it to be.

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 2 minute talk on understanding the purposes of prayer

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "Understand Prayer")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

4 questions

Getting a grasp on the purpose, strength, and reality of prayer.

07:19

             As you and I spend time communing with God, He transforms us.

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 7 minute talk covering ten important points about prayer to help you as you pray

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "Ten Things About Prayer")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

2 questions

Let's see if you can remember the gist of the ten things in this section

01:28

 Consider keeping a journal of God’s attributes and character, as you learn more about Him.

  As you pray for your own spiritual growth, keep track of how God is strengthening your                   character, and the ways He is responding to your prayers. 

                            It has eternal weight.

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 1.5 minute talk on keeping a prayer journal

Section 4: Sarah and Abraham
01:09

                                   SARAH

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 1 minute teaser on Sarah's story

02:17

                     Opening prayer for the Study of Sarah

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 2 minute opening prayer to begin the study of Sarah, praying the words of scripture

08:58

 What is the background on the ancient story of Abraham and Sarah? 

                   You might be surprised.

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 9 minute talk on the historical background for Sarah's Story

2. A written resource containing the information given in the talk (see attachment: "Sarah Historical Background")

3. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

5 questions

Let's see how much you remember of the historical and cultural background for Sarah and her story.

06:44

Before we get any deeper into Sarah's story, we'd like you to read about her yourself. Think of yourself as a journalist, getting the facts from the source, the Bible itself. 

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 9 minute talk on suggestions for studying the Bible

2. A written resource containing the Bible study for Sarah's Story. Please either print it out, or download to your computer, the attachment below, "Sarah Bible Study," and go through the study before watching the depiction of Sarah's story. 

11 questions

We've created the Bible Study on Sarah to be both a Download and a Quiz. The Bible Study is a little more in depth, the Quiz less so.

You can access the Bible Study by going over to the overview and clicking on the download called "Sarah Bible Study".

02:21

        "What I'd like you to know before you view my portrayal of Sarah" --Anita

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 2 minute explanation of some corrections we would like to add to the depiction of Sarah's story

11:03

  Open your imagination, and your heart, as you experience something of Sarah's story.

This lecture portion contains:

1. The first half of the dramatic depiction of Sarah, telling her story (11 minutes) 

11:31

Open your imagination, and your heart, as you experience something of Sarah's story.

This lecture portion contains:

1. The second half of a dramatic depiction of Sarah telling her story (11 minutes)

2. A written resource containing the Character study for Sarah's Story. Please either print it out, or download to your computer, the attachment below, "Sarah Character Study," and go through the study before continuing to the final lecture in this section. 

1 question

The Character Study is a much more personal look at how Sarah's story and your story may overlap. We'd like to make sure you know there's a download, and you can easily access it, Just go to the overview and click on the "Sarah Character Study" downoad.

16:41

From barren to birthing nations, from contentious to courtly, at 90 years old, Sarah’s life had only just begun…

Here are some final thoughts on how you might live out Sarah's wisdom in your own life.

This lecture portion contains:

1. A 16 minute talk featuring some exploration of the themes in the Biblical text and suggested ways in which you can live out wisdom learned from Sarah

2. A quiz covering the material in this talk 

7 questions

What wisdom have you gained from studying Sarah's story?

Section 5: "She Is Safe"
Article

About "She Is Safe"

The world uses and discards its most vulnerable women and girls. But God loves each one of them, and He sees their potential to change the families, communities, and nations they live in.

Mission of "She Is Safe"

She Is Safe works to prevent, rescue and restore women and girls from abuse and exploitation in high risk places around the world, equipping them to build a life of freedom, faith and a strong future.

Logo for "She Is Safe"

The She Is Safe logo shows a lady shining the light of justice and freedom for women and girls. She can also be found in Matthew 25, the parable of the ten virgins, charged with lighting the way for the bridegroom to the wedding feast.

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Instructor Biography

Anita Gutschick, Actress, CEO and founder of "Women of the Bible"

Anita Gutschick is an experienced stage actress who has studied acting, voice, and movement and worked professionally in video, film, and radio since 1989. She developed Women of the Bible in 1995 and it has become her most passionate vocation. God’s grace has allowed her to share the messages of these biblical women with tens of thousands of audience members across the United States.

Anita has performed at hundreds of retreats, conferences, and programs for various denominations all across the country. Women of the Bible has been the focus of women's retreats at regional and national gatherings

Anita has served as a deacon, is trained as a Stephen Minister, and has participated in Bible Study Fellowship. In 2004 she took a Walk to Emmaus – De Colores! 

She has recently joined forces with Joanne Hagemeyer to form Ancient Voices, Sacred Stories, which is a platform to co-lead retreats and develop on-line courses centered around Biblical characters.

Instructor Biography

Teaching the Bible to change lives, Joanne led and taught a Bible class of 350-500 students from 2003 to 2013. She currently serves as an advisor and mentor to eight area Bible classes with an international Bible study. But her great love for the Bible began as a child, watching the men in synagogue pray the words of scripture, murmuring and weeping, lovingly touching and kissing the Torah.

When she received her own Bible at church in 1970, she read the whole book, from preface to concordance, with transcendent joy, knowing these were the very words of God. Since then, Joanne has taught Bible in Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Retreats, Studies, and more. 

Also a long-time "armchair archaeologist," Joanne joined the Board of Directors for the Biblical Archaeology Forum in 2013.

Another passion for Joanne is the healing work of counseling, and currently serves as a lay counselor in affiliation with The Lay Counselor Institute since 2012.

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