June: The Paradox in the Parable of the Sower

June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 2022—Wednesdays @ 1 p.m. ET

One of the most intriguing aspects of Besorat Markus (Gospel of Mark) is its penchant for paradoxes (two valid statements that are jointly inconsistent or self-contradictory). Two great examples of paradox in Mark’s gospel are: 1) anyone who wants to save their life, will lose it, yet anyone who loses their life for the sake of Yeshua or the Gospel will save it (8:35); and 2) anyone wishing to be first, must be last of all and servant of all (9:35). This class explores the paradox of God’s actions in the Parable of the Sower in Mark 4:3–20.

Meet Your Instructor

Rabbi Dr. Vered Hillel, PhD

Among her various degrees, Dr. Vered has a PhD and an MA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, focusing on Second Temple Period Judaism and its literature. One of her greatest joys is making the Word of God come alive and relevant to students, and to help them along in their journey to becoming the men and women of God they are created to be. Dr. Vered lives in Israel with her husband Rabbi Michael.

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