New Bible Study! "Explorations in the Book of Joshua"

with Rev. Dr. Ralph K. Hawkins

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Next monday night Study Announced!

New Monday Night Study Announced!!

We are very pleased to welcome the Rev. Dr. Ralph K. Hawkins to Smith Memorial to lead our next five week study session beginning April 9th, 2018 at 6:00 pm. Rev. Dr. Hawkins is a colleague and dear friend of Rev. Wilds. Rev. Hawkins will be leading a five week series entitled "Explorations in the Book of Joshua."

Dr. Ralph K. Hawkins is Chair of the Department of Religion at Averett University, in Danville, Virginia. He completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1999 at the School of Theology at the University of the South, in Sewanee, TN, and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in 2007. He has been involved in archaeological fieldwork since 1995, and has been on staff at Tall Jalul and Khirbet ‘Ataruz, both in Jordan. He is currently the co-director of the Jordan Valley Excavation Project.

In addition to numerous articles and reviews in Hebrew Bible and Near Eastern archaeology, he has recently published The Iron Age I Structure on Mt. Ebal: Excavation and Interpretation (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2012) and How Israel became a People (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2013). An ordained minister, Hawkins has also written pastoral books, including While I Was Praying: Finding Insights about God in Old Testament Prayers (Smyth & Helwys, 2006), and Leadership Lessons: Avoiding the Pitfalls of King Saul (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2013). He and his wife, Cathy, have three daughters, Hannah (19), Sarah (17) and Mary (14), and a son, Adam (11).

His sessions will include:

1. Introducing the Book of Joshua

2. The Problem of War, Conquest, and Genocide in the Book of
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3. Behind Enemy Lines (Joshua 2)

4. Covenant Renewal at Mr. Ebal (Joshua 8:30-35)

5. Searching for the Earliest Israelites in the Jordan Valley

This class is free to the church and public, but we do ask if able, that you make a $25 tax deductible donation to the church that will be given as a gift at the end of the session to Rev. Hawkins that will go to his new Non-Profit that will continue to provide funding for his archaeological digs in the Jordan Valley. If you would like to sign up for this class please inform Rev. Kameron Wilds. There will be a sign-up sheet outside of his office.