Encounter PRINT SUMMER 2022 student (June, July, August 2022)
The Summer quarter takes us into the deep waters of two books from the Old Testament, Job and Ecclesiastes. Along with Proverbs and some of the Psalms, these books form the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Bible. Readers of Encounter are familiar with the gripping story of Job, and perhaps with the famous third chapter of Ecclesiastes that notes “there is a time for every matter under heaven.”
Delving into questions of the meaning of life, the nature of divine justice, God’s purpose for all things, and the finite capacity of human beings to find answers to such questions, these writings challenge us intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally. We will discover that these two books in particular took issue with the prevailing theological perspectives of their day, not content with pat answers to life’s difficulties. In that way, we may detect hints of the gospel, though by no means the full flower of Christian faith. What we have in these books is an invitation to ponder the imponderable with these ancient yet mysteriously up-to-date writers.
These lessons were written by Rev. Dr. George Estes, an honorably retired minister of Presbytery del Cristo. George continues to serve the church in pulpit supply, writing, and teaching as opportunities are available. He is caregiver for his wife Janie, who suffered a stroke in 2017. They reside in Germantown, Tennessee.