This is a 3-part workshop designed to introduce the basic tools necessary to understand and apply scripture to our lives. The bible reflects the character and person of God, as such it shapes our faith/doctrine as well as our practice/ethics. We shall answer questions such as how to discover the meaning of a given biblical text, how to perform sound exegesis and basic discourse analysis as well as create discourse outlines. Moreover, several pitfalls in understanding the message of scripture originates from what I call "flat-reading." That is a way of reading the bible that does not account for its multi-faceted genre: historical narrative, poetry, law, gospel, letter, apocalyptic writing, lamentation and prophecy. Misunderstanding the genre of a communication will result in misunderstanding the author’s intent. For instance, when Jesus says "If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell" (Matthew 5:29) Should we read it literally? If we do, we would totally misunderstand Jesus' intention. If, however, we recognize that this communication contains a hyperbolic statement (a sub-genre within a figure of speech), we would then understand Jesus saying that we should take extra ordinary measures to avoid temptation from our lives. But then why not Jesus say what I just wrote? That is because a hyperbole statement brings focus to the urgency and weight of the utterance than a mere propositional statement such as "avoid temptation at all costs."
These classes are prerequisite for all upcoming courses and workshops such as: the Message and Theology of Ezekiel, The Book of Exodus, the Book of Matthew, and Galatians. Also courses that will open up next year such as: New Testament Theology and Christology (The person, work of Christ).
Classes are primarily taught in the Amharic Language but supplemented in English.
Hi, I am Samson Tilahun. I feel a bit awkward telling you about myself. I would rather take every opportunity to tell you about Christ instead. However increasingly most of you, by the very nature of online education, have not met me in person. I'm a fellow follower of Christ, a husband to my dearest wife Betty Kassa. I worship the LORD with the saints at Emmanuel Worship Center. In this local church. I've served in various capacities for over 18 years, such as leading Choir groups, playing music, teaching adult Sunday school classes, preaching and teaching. I've also served in the eldership team.
I have a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Louisville KY, and currently pursuing a Th.M. in New Testament.
I am passionate about expository preaching and biblical theology. I love to sing and make music. I enjoy videography and editing. I am no sport fan, but I love coffee. That must count for something. Even if I say 'Noooo!!', please still brew me one, I was just being polite...milk and sugar, please.
I hate cliché so much for I think they are depraved of content. Reducing God's self-revelation to one liners and much fragmentation of the truth, which is increasingly becoming common these days, domesticates God. They would reduce him to ideas. Thus, I strive for understanding. In all, my passion is to bear witness for Christ and testify of the majestic deposit of Truth that was given for the saints once and for all (Jude 1:3), which is the glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. I have a long way to go, and I fall short of that goal in many ways. Yet, “though I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what one day I hope to be in another world (when Christ returns); but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am” (John Newton (1725 – 1807, Author of the song Amazing Grace)
To God be the Glory!