First Presbyterian to host lectures on biblical history

As part of its Community Artist Series, First Presbyterian Church of Grand Haven will host a lecture series next week featuring Dr. James Fleming. The series of six lectures will take place over three days, Sept. 23-25, at the church, 508 Franklin Ave. A scholar of biblical archaeology, history and interpretation, Fleming is said to have the ability to make biblical texts come alive. His teaching skills and techniques inspire audiences around the world. He is a biblical scholar and man of faith who has lived in Israel for more than 30 years.
Sep 17, 2011


Fleming divides his time by lecturing around the world, leading study tours to the Holy Land and the Mediterranean world, teaching guide courses in Israel, directing ministries of biblical resources in Israel and the U.S., and supervising the explorations at the Antiquity Center in LaGrange, Ga.

He also serves as director of the Biblical Resources Study Center, an ecumenical organization with offices in Israel and the U.S. The center produces audio-visual aids for teaching Bible history, geography, archaeology and theology.

Fleming’s lectures weave four perspectives to help us understand biblical times: archaeology, history, geography and theology. He uses an ecumenical approach in bringing together old and recent discoveries to assist in our faith journeys.

Through Fleming’s lectures, you embark on a journey to the ancient lands of the Bible and learn of new discoveries of ancient manuscripts that have added significantly to our understanding of the events, hopes and fears of the people in various biblical periods. He makes extensive use of slides showing geography, culture and archaeological discoveries in biblical lands. These bring us close to the lives of the ancient teachers and prophets, and to the peoples that heard Jesus.

The lectures are scheduled for 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; at 9 and 10:45 a.m., and 1:15 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24; and at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The lectures are free and open to the public.


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