2 August 2023 |
For a number of years, an increasing number of voices in Seventh-day Adventism have been interested in the topic of the Apocrypha, lost books of the Bible, and particularly the Book of Enoch.
In this Sabbath School, a leading expert on Ellen White’s use of the Apocrypha (with almost ten publications and an upcoming book on the topic) will invite Adventist Today’s Sabbath School audience to investigate the Book of Enoch (known to scholars as 1 Enoch) and ask what value it has for Adventists. Questions that will be explored include:
- Did Ellen White read the book attributed to Enoch?
- Did she ever mention the book in her writings?
- Was she open to the idea of utilizing Enochic writings in Adventism?
- And does the book of 1 Enoch provide new insights into Adventist or Christian teachings?
While some, like Walter Veith, have argued that it belongs in a trash can, and ministries ranging from Amazing Facts to It Is Written have disparaged interest in such works, Professor Matthew Korpman of La Sierra University will provide a positive appraisal of the book and explain why so many biblical scholars utilize it when discussing the New Testament.
Matthew J. Korpman is an adjunct professor of biblical literature at La Sierra University. He is a graduate of Yale Divinity School where he specialized in apocryphal Second Temple Jewish literature, and is currently completing his doctorate in New Testament studies. He is the author of the bestselling book Saying No to God: A Radical Approach to Reading the Bible Faithfully, a work that to its credit has been widely praised by official and non-official Adventist entities alike.
How to join:
One-click link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81501326615
ATSS starting time depends on where you are. If you’re on the west coast of the United States, it’ll be 10:30 AM. On the east coast, 1:30 PM. Please double-check the correct time where you live.
The class is intended to last about 2 hours, though the conversation often continues to 4 PM (Eastern time).
About our class:
- The AT Sabbath Seminar is intended to be a courteous forum. We discuss and ask questions politely. We don’t accuse, get angry, put people down, or judge the state of their salvation.
- Stick to the topic in both comments and chat discussion.
- Make your comments and questions short—don’t dominate.
- Keep your microphones muted unless you are called upon to make your comment or ask your question.
- Indicate your interest in speaking by raising your electronic hand—under the “reactions” button.
- Please use your name when you sign in! Not your phone number, not your initials. This will help us differentiate you from unwelcome guests who want to disrupt us. You can set your name after signing on by clicking on the 3 dots next to your picture, which drops down a menu.
We look forward to getting acquainted with you!
- David Neff (Retired editor, Christianity Today)
- Sigve Tonstad (Loma Linda University)
- Rolf Pohler (Friendensau)
- Pilira Zapita (Newbold)
- Kärt Lazic (Newbold)