LINCOLN -- Wesleyan Live, a partnership between Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) and the Nebraska United Methodist Conference, offers continuing education courses for clergy, laity and community members. Courses are held each spring and fall and are taught by Nebraska Wesleyan faculty and other guest teachers with a wide range of expertise; they are streamed live on the Nebraska United Methodist Conference's website, at www.umcneb.org/wesleyanlive.
The topic for the fall 2012 course is "Israel Among the Nations: The Biblical Story in Context." The course will explore the milieu out of which Judaism grew to such a dynamic and powerful religious force in the world and look at how the primeval story of Genesis, the absolute obedience of Abraham, the chastening of the flood and the covenant of Moses became the organizing thread of the Jewish Faith which powers it to this day.
The six-week course will be taught by Dr. David Peabody, professor of religion at NWU, Tuesdays at 12 p.m. CDT, starting Oct. 9, through Nov. 13. Each class is an hour long.
Peabody is a well-known biblical scholar who has focused especially on the order in which the Gospels were written and the sources of the material. He has lectured widely on the topic and has presented papers in the U.S. and internationally.
The class will meet at Nebraska Educational Telecommunications, 1800 N. 33rd St., Lincoln. Other participants may join online through Web streaming at www.umcneb.org/wesleyanlive. Clergy members (of any denomination) may receive six contact hours for continuing education credit.