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The Bible as Literature

Do we in the twenty-first century have anything in common with the people and times from thousands of years ago? Believing that we do, Alan Maben sets out to prove his theses in his The Bible as Literature class. His objective is to have students gain an appreciation of times past and present. Alan states, “The Bible is fraught with history, politics, romance, allenconspiracies, and controversial issues.” All of these are apropos of today’s times. The class is especially timely for this period as we watch politicians parry and joust as they enter the primaries.
His approach in teaching is to take the class completely through the Bible using the King James
Version for the poetry in the Psalms and the Song of Solomon, and the English Standard Version for the remainder. The beautiful language in the Bible will be juxtaposed with each text. Studies will be book-by-book, five to six weeks on the Old Testament and three weeks on the New Testament. Alan will use
lectures and debates that should lead to lively discussions.
Alan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History, specializing in World History. He graduated with honors and has taught classes in several churches.

It is important not to come to this class with a Sunday-school mentality. The point is to learn and gain an appreciation for the ancient stories and how they apply to us in the modern world. Alan also wants us to treasure the lovely language used in the two translations of the Bible.

Masterpieces of Asian Art

If you are interested in “Art” (with a capital “A”) you undoubtedly know the history of Western Art,but how many people understand the delriedistinct aesthetics of Asian Art?

That’s where Delrie Hobbs comes in.
A recent transplant from Maryland, Hobbs holds a Master’s in Asian Art from the University of London, England, and is a specialist in that field. She has taught in Annapolis, Maryland, been a
docent at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and also taught OLLI classes at the American University in our nation’s capital.
Hobbs describes her class as “an eclectic approach to the subject, where one or two pieces of art will be examined and discussed each week.” Students will learn the what, why and how specific elements make each piece an Asian masterpiece. Works under consideration will include sculpture, ceramics, painting, jade, metal and gardens.
The timeframe for this subject is from the Neolithic up to the present. Locations include the Ancient Near East, China, Tibet, Japan, and the Islamic world. Each discussion will cover the work historically, culturally, and possibly
religiously. Delrie will certainly enrich our knowledge of Eastern Art.
The Masterpieces of Asian Art class is presented Thursday afternoons on campus. Come and be transported to another time and place!