Ancient-Future Bible Study incorporates contemporary study of the Bible with an experience of the church's most ancient way of reading Scripture, lectio divina. This time-honored practice consists of five basic movements: biblical study (lectio), reflection (meditatio), prayer (oratio), discernment (contemplatio), and contemplative action (operatio). In six clearly written volumes, bestselling author Stephen Binz helps readers study the Bible in a way that leads to spiritual transformation and brings them closer to God. Binz leads readers in a vivid study of key biblical characters, including Abraham, Paul, Peter, David, the women of the Torah, and the women of the Gospels. He shows all Christians who desire to have a transforming experience with the inspired Word of God how studying Scripture through lectio divina can enrich their discipleship. This ecumenical Bible study, designed for use by individuals or groups, includes questions for personal reflection and suggested action. Each volume includes leader's notes for guiding a study over the course of six sessions.
Stephen J. Binz (SSL, Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome) is a popular speaker and the highly regarded author of over two dozen books. He is the former director of Little Rock Scripture Study, used in churches throughout the world, and founder and author of Threshold Bible Study. He is also the former editor-in-chief of God's Word Today magazine and is a licensed psychotherapist. Binz lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Welcome to Ancient-Future Bible Study The Movements of Lectio Divina The Essence of Lectio Divina Your Personal Practice of Ancient-Future Bible Study Collatio--The Communal Practice of Lectio Divina Further Help for Groups Introduction to Women of the Gospels: Friends and Disciples of Jesus 1. Women of Jesus's Genealogy (Matthew 1:1-16) 2. Mary Brings Forth the Savior to the World (Matthew 1:18-25) 3. Elizabeth Conceives in Her Barrenness (Luke 1:5-25) 4. Mary the Virgin Conceives a Son (Luke 1:26-38) 5. Mary Journeys to Visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-45) 6. Anna the Prophet and Herald (Luke 2:33-38) 7. Simon's Mother-in-law Healed by Jesus (Mark 1:29-31; Matthew 8:14-15; Luke 4:38-39) 8. A Little Girl Restored to Life (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43) 9. The Woman Healed of a Hemorrhage (Mark 5:25-34) 10. Herodias Schemes with Her Daughter (Mark 6:14-29) 11. The Canaanite Woman and Her Daughter (Matthew 15:21-28) 12. The Mother of James and John (Matthew 20:20-28) 13. The Widow of Nain Mourns Her Only Son (Luke 7:11-17) 14. The Woman Who Showed Great Love (Luke 7:36-50) 15. The Women Who Accompany Jesus (Luke 8:1-3) 16. Martha and Mary Model a Balanced Discipleship (Luke 10:38-42) 17. A Woman in the Crowd Cries Out (Luke 8:19-21; Luke 11:27-28) 18. The Crippled Woman Set Free from Bondage (Luke 13:10-17) 19. The Mother of Jesus Intercedes at the Wedding Feast (John 2:1-12) 20. The Woman of Samaria Encounters Jesus (John 4:3-26) 21. The Samaritan Woman Witnesses to Jesus (John 4:27-42) 22. The Woman Judged Forgiven by Jesus (John 8:1-11) 23. Martha Expresses Confidence in Jesus (John 11:1-27) 24. Mary Weeps at the Feet of Jesus (John 11:28-45) 25. The Poor Widow Gives Everything (Mark 12:38-44) 26. The Woman at Bethany Anoints Jesus (Mark 14:3-9) 27. The Women of Jerusalem Weep for Jesus (Luke 23:26-31, 44-49) 28. Galilean Women at the Cross and at the Tomb (Mark 15:40-41, 47; Matthew 27:55-56, 61; Luke 23:49, 55-56; John 19:25-27) 29. The Women of Galilee Proclaim the Resurrection (Mark 16:1-8; Matthew 28:1-10; Luke 24:1-12) 30. Mary Magdalene Announces the Good News (John 20:1-18) Ancient-Future Bible Study for Small Groups Suggestions for Participating in the Group Group Study in Six Sessions