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Seminar offers biblical background

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Catherine W. Idzerda
November 7, 2007
— Jeff Cavins wants people to read their Bibles.

Not just read them, but read and understand the historical background of their faith.


On Friday and Saturday, Cavins, a noted Roman Catholic educator and speaker will be at St. John Vianney Church for a two-day program on “The Great Adventure: A Journey Through The Bible Seminar.”


The program runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


“A lot of people have read the Bible in a hunt and peck kind of way or have read some of the psalms or read the Gospels,” Cavins explained in a phone interview. “What we’re doing is putting the story together in a narrative way.”


Cavins uses 14 books of the Bible to show the progression of the story; 12 of the books are from the Old Testament; the final two books are Luke and Acts.


A big part of the program is reviewing what was going on in world history at the time the books were written.


“If you don’t understand the history, it’s the same as trying to understand ‘Gone With The Wind’ without knowing about the Civil War,” Cavins said.


A solid historical background helps readers understand the motivations and actions of the biblical characters.


Cavins has talked to life-long Christians who said they’ve heard the stories in services, but said they couldn’t always make sense of the Scripture.


“St. Jerome said that the ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ,” Cavins said.


The seminar is open to people from all denominations.


“Anybody can learn from this,” Cavins said. “The story is the story.”


However, the seminar will have some focus on “uniquely Catholic” issues including Mary, papacy, and the special place of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church.


If you go

What: “The Great Adventure: A Journey Through The Bible Seminar” with Jeff Cavins, noted Catholic educator.


Where: St. John Vianney Church, 1250 East Racine St., Janesville.


When: 7-9 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.


Cost: $35 for a single, $60 for a couple.


For more information: Kay Janes, (608) 752-8708. Interested people must register by the end of the day on Thursday.



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