Sanna Erelä, Project Coordinator
We have had a very active autumn at the Caspari Center, and have launched some exciting new projects.
Follow along with us through the semester and enjoy the pictures!
Our new children’s ministry video course began in November – you’re invited to read more about that here.
Seminars and courses
In our September 13th seminar, we delved into how the New Testament came to us. This second part of our two-part series on how the bible came to us was delivered by expert lecturer, Professor Michael Langlois of Strasbourg University.
On September 22nd, we inaugurated our second Caspari Center Bible School (in conjunction with YWAM and the Norwegian Church Ministry to Israel) for young Norwegian adults. These young adults came for an 8-week course. Fourteen energetic young people studied biblical topics related to Israel, Messianic Judaism, missions, discipleship and much more. They particularly enjoyed experiencing the Jewish fall holidays in Jerusalem. After four weeks of studying at the Caspari Center, with excursions around the area, the group travelled to Nazareth and volunteered there for three weeks, before returning to Jerusalem for their final week. We look forward to holding this Bible School for young adults from all over the world – not just Norwegians – next autumn.
In November, we held our fifth 10-day academic theological course, “Discovering Jesus in His Jewish Context”. We welcomed thirteen participants from Norway, Denmark and Finland, most of them theologians. We had some local participants attend part of the course, as well. The participants were enthusiastic about the intensive and intellectually challenging content of the course, throughout which a wide variety of local scholars lectured. As always, one of the highlights of the course was touring the Galilee. As one of the participants summed it up: “The course was very relevant for my ministry as a pastor, especially for my preaching. It gave me an even greater desire to dig into my bible to find hidden treasures and deeper meaning. The excellent teachers made interesting and provocative points.”
If you haven’t yet taken part in one of our Discovering Jesus in His Jewish Context courses, clear your calendars! The next course will take place April 19-30, 2021.
Let’s talk about difficult topics!
At the end of November, we introduced a new and thought-provoking series at the Caspari Center. We collaborated with Machaseh (a non-profit charity association) to hold a “Taboo” Forum panel discussion on topics most of us would generally prefer to avoid. The first topic was that of domestic violence. Upcoming topics will include suicide and divorce. Read more about this here.