Available courses

Robert Stockman and JoAnn Borovicka will offer Jesus and the Gospels in Historical and Baha'i Perspective. The 12-week course will use two texts, Bart D. Ehrman's The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings (Oxford Univ. Press) and JoAnn Borovicka's Light of the Kingdom: Biblical Topics in the Baha'i Writings (Baha'i Publishing) which students should purchase. There will also be recorded videos and live Zoom sessions (probably Sundays at 4 p.m. Eastern). The course will introduce students to the historical complexity of understanding the life and teachings of Jesus Christ caused by the lack of written records and the extensive use of oral traditions over 2 generations. But in spite of those difficulties, a sacred text emerged that has guided aright billions of people over centuries. This will be a challenging course and will explore the New Testament in ways Baha'is are not used to considering.

This 12-week course will introduce Arabic spelling, pronunciation, and basic vocabulary to persons with no familiarity with the language. It will use the classic introductory textbook Alif Ba. It will have two 90-minute live sessions, Sundays 12:30 to 2 p.m. and Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m. (both Eastern time). The students will be expected to put in about 6 hours of homework per week.