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Summer Quarter 2018 (June 4-15)

Welcome to Summer Quarter in Germany!

Two classes are now scheduled for June 2018: June 4th – 8th „Futurism and Dispensationalism“ and June 11th – 15th „The Persian Period: Ezra, Nehemia, Ester“. Both classes will be taught by Prof. Forrest Bivens. Although he is now retired, he is still teaching and we are looking forward to welcome him in Germany. Summer Quarter will again be held at our facilities in Schönfeld.

Understanding Futurism and Dispensationalism

ELFK Summer Seminary Course
June 4 – 8, 2018
Professor Forrest Bivens

• There has been an obvious dramatic rise in the popularity and influence of End Time futurism and dispensationalism coupled with elements of traditional or “classic” premillennialism. It is therefore increasingly necessary for us to try to grasp where these errorists are coming from and why they are so strident in their condemnation of amillennialism (also called “realized millennialism”).
• In this course, we hope to make use of primary dispensational sources, in addition to amillennial sources, allowing us to better understand what dispensationalists say and why they say it. Our members will likely be facing dispensational dogma in the workplace, neighborhood, and on secular campuses as well as in the media. We want them to be able to share information with dispensational neighbors in an adequate and courteous way. We want to prepare ourselves to prepare them for this challenge.
• This course will include a review of historical roots of dispensationalism, an appraisal of the dispensational approach to Scripture interpretation, and an examination of key end-time Bible references involved in end-time discussions. Students will have opportunity to prepare reports on these Bible sections that are often used by dispensationalists to support their theological conclusions. In this way we hope to learn how to compare/contrast the convictions of dispensationalists and amillennialists.
• At the end of the course, students will be asked to identify key hermeneutical and theological assumptions of dispensationalists, and to comment on how we amillennialists may best serve them in courteous conversation. This will hopefully also equip us to serve our people to enable them to stand firm in End Time truths.

Return from Babylon and the Persian Period:
Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

ELFK Summer Seminary Course
June 11 – 15, 2018
Professor Forrest Bivens

• The post-exile period for Israel, the “Persian Period” of the Old Testament, is filled with events of theological and historical importance. Memorable people also catch our attention: the scribe Ezra, the beauty queen Esther, and the cupbearer-turned-governor Nehemiah.
• Our study of this period of OT history will be an isagogical study, although exegetical observations will periodically surface in our classroom discussions. A working knowledge of Hebrew is not needed. We will proceed with the material chronologically, from the reign of Cyrus through those of Darius, Xerxes (Ahasuerus), and Artaxerxes. So, our class focus will follow this order: Ezra 1-6, Esther, Ezra 7-10, and Nehemiah.
• The way our Lord blessed and protected the post-exile and pre-Messiah Jews will impress itself on our hearts. We will be able to draw parallels of comfort and instruction for ourselves and those we serve in the Savior’s name. We will look for practical applications.
• Students will have opportunity to prepare and present short (isagogical) class reports on a variety of topics that surface in the Bible books we will be studying. At the end of the course, students will be asked to answer questions about practical applications for ministry they have learned from their study of these Bible books.

How to apply:
Contact Holger Weiß
pfarrer.hweiss@elfk.de