As members of the Church study the Old Testament in this year’s Sunday School curriculum, we will encounter some messy and disturbing subject matter. For example, the story of Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac; or the story of Tamar, who “heroically” disguises herself as a prostitute in order to deceive and entice her father-in-law Judah to produce offspring with her; or the story of Lot offering his two virgin daughters up to the inhospitable citizens of Sodom in order to protect his guests, etc. What are we to learn from these strange and disturbing narratives? Not to mention the story of creation, did God really create the world in seven days? Did he really take a rib from the side of Adam to create Eve? And to add another faith-disrupting issue, according to the Biblical record, the Earth is 6000 years old, however the archeological record does not concur.
What are we to make of these difficult issues? In this podcast, Dr. Sager shares his approach to these issues as we encounter the Old Testament this year in Sunday School.
Dr. Jason Sager is a professor of Medieval and Early Modern History at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has also served in many various callings in the Church, many of which involved gospel teaching. From Stake Sunday School Presidency, to his current calling as a primary teacher, Dr. Sager shares his experiences teaching in the Church. He also shares his experiences teaching history at the University level.