Miqra opened with an introduction to the Gospels and Acts from Jillian Carroll, a volunteer from St. Michael and All Angels and EFM student. Some things she shared:
- Mark portrays Jesus as a person of action
- Matthew portrays Jesus as a master teacher
- Luke talks about Jesus’ grace, belief and blessings
- John talks about Jesus as a loner
- Acts is authored by Luke and sometimes considered a continuation of that Gospel. It reveals the power of the Holy Spirit and the start of the Church.
The Rev. Steven King led a Miqra workshop on Luke for the senior high students on Saturday afternoon.
Activity: If you had been on the journey with Jesus in Luke chapters 9-19, what are the top travel tips or lessons you would leave for future travelers?
The top five things the youth came up with were:
- Share the wealth (Luke 12:13-21)
- Finish what you start (Luke 14:26-35)
- Always be ready and prepared (Luke 12:35-48)
- Welcome the strangers (Luke 14:15-24)
- Strive to forgive (Luke 16:1-8)
Some other highlights from student work:
- Everything has value, thus everything should be taken care of.
- Don’t be arrogant about riches because they are only material.
- Journeys are different for everyone.
- In the end, God’s got this.
- Sometimes if something doesn’t work, you need need to try another way.
Students also had the option to attend a workshop on Mark led by The Rev. Patrick Funston and The Rev. Torey Lightcap or workshop on how to read the Bible led by The Rev. Dr. Kevin Huddleston.
Junior high students heard from Youth Missioner Karen Schlabach about the Gospels as Art.
“The four gospels use words instead of paint to tell a story, the Gospels are works of art. We must learn how to read them as works of art if we are properly to understand what they are saying.” ~Diogenes Allen in Theology for a Troubled Believer
People have been trying to make the Bible easier to understand through images for a LONG time. The book of Kells is an example of an Illuminated Manuscript. Illuminated manuscripts: heavily and richly illuminated, sometimes known as a “display book”
- The Book of Kells is one of the most famous books in the history of the world.
- Large format manuscript of the four Gospels, written on vellum (calf skin), completed around the year 800.
- Only 2 of the 680 pages are without ornament.
- Estimated that the skins of 185 calves were needed for the project.
- Visibly represented the word of God
- Profound impression on usually illiterate congregations (it’s in Latin).
- Visible at a distance, easier to locate a specific passage.
- Each book opens with a page of evangelist symbols, a portrait page, and a decorated page which included the opening words or letters.
- The scribes emphasized important words or phrases with decorated initials and interlinear drawings.
- Images of Animals included: fish, lions, snakes, peacocks, wolves, cats, domestic fowl, lizards, hares, horses, and goats.
Modern versions of the Book of Kels and Illuminated Bibles are equally fascinating to me. For example:
- Children’s Story Bible
- Brick Testament (Bible stories created from Legos)
- Action Bible (Bible stories in graphic novel format)
Amazingly beautiful, thought provoking things can happen when different people show their own view of the Bible.
- I’ve compiled some basic information for you about the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts.
- Each family group will make a poster with doodles, depictions, quotes, drawings, etc. to characterize their book.
There will be a second round of workshops on Sunday afternoon for additional learning!