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  • Lesson 1 for the week of March 26 to April 2

The Creation

Relevant Verses: Genesis 1-2 Theme: The Wonder of Creation Leading Question: How would you describe a good world? Genesis 1–2 contains the two primary biblical stories about creation of the universe where God brings order…Read more
  • Lesson 13 for the week of March 19 to March 26

Let Brotherly Love Continue

Relevant Verses: Hebrews 13 Leading question: What is the most important admonition in the book of Hebrews? Some eighteen admonitions are packed in to Hebrews 13. How should we identify which one is most important…Read more
  • Lesson 12 for the week of March 12 to March 19

Receiving an Unshakeable Kingdom

Relevant Verses: Hebrews 12-13 Leading question: What makes a kingdom “unshakeable”? The reference to an unshakeable kingdom comes at the end of Hebrews 12. The section in which it appears is worth noting as it…Read more
  • Lesson 11 for the week of March 5 to March 12

Jesus, Author and Perfecter of Our Faith

Relevant Verses: Hebrews 10-12 Leading question: What can we learn from the way New Testament writers remodel Old Testament stories? The official study guide declares: “Hebrews 11 and 12 are probably the most-loved chapters of…Read more
  • Lesson 10 for the week of February 26 to March 5

Jesus Opens the Way Through the Veil

Relevant Verses: Hebrews 9-10 Leading question: Is there more than one way to find full and direct access to God? Comment: From the perspective of Hebrews, the way to find access to God is through…Read more
  • Lesson 9 for the week of February 19 to February 26

Jesus, the Perfect Sacrifice

Relevant Verses: Hebrews 9-10 Leading Question: “Why were sacrifices needed? Our leading question comes from one of the sections of the official study guide. And it triggers several more questions. And one of them focuses…Read more
  • Lesson 8 for the week of February 12 to February 19

Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant

Relevant Verses: Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8 Leading Question: Is the covenant described in Hebrews 8 a brand new one, or a renewed covenant as it is Jeremiah 31? Hebrews 8:8-12 is a straightforward quotation of…Read more

Hosts

Mathilde Frey

Professor of Hebrew Bible, Old Testament
(BA, Seminar Marienhoehe, Darmstadt, Germany; PhD, Andrews University) Mathilde Frey comes to Walla Walla University with a European background. She grew up in communist Romania where she attended elementary and high school, and graduated with the Baccalaureate. In 1984, she immigrated to West Germany, studied Theology in Austria and Germany, and served as a pastor in the South German Conference for five years. In 2003, she moved to Berrien Springs, Michigan, and earned a PhD in Old Testament from Andrews University. Her dissertation is titled, The Sabbath in the Pentateuch: An Exegetical and Theological Study.

Jody Washburn

Associate Professor of Hebrew and Biblical Studies
[Education] PhD – Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, UCLA, 2016 -- MA – Religion—Old Testament, Andrews University, 2010 -- MA – Religion—Religious Education, Andrews University, 2010 -- BA – Theology, Walla Walla University, 2005 [Teaching Areas] Hebrew Language, Biblical Studies, Levantine Archaeology, Christian Theology. [Research/Interests] Interdisciplinary study of ancient tombs and inscriptions. Intersections between psychological science and theology, particularly in the area of compassion and spirituality. Creative pedagogy, particularly in the areas of Bible and archaeology. Metaphor in the Hebrew Bible.

Alden Thompson

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University
Alden Thompson is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Walla Walla University. He has been a faculty member at WWC since 1970. From 1972 to 1974, he was on college-sponsored doctoral study leave at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In 1980-81 he was an exchange teacher at Marienhöhe Seminary in Darmstadt, Germany. After serving as WWC academic vice president for four years (1986-90), he returned to full-time teaching in the School of Theology. He retired in 2009, but continued to teach part time until he fully retired on June 30, 2020.

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