The Center for Virtue and Learning

  1. After much anticipation, we set the stage for Jesus the Christ to come on the scene. This class discusses the major events and characters/groups that will play a major role in the Gospel accounts of the Life of Christ. Chapter 16 is key to fully understanding the context surrounding many of the events that we will discuss in upcoming weeks.

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  2. This class covers the revolt of the Maccabees and the reclaiming of the Temple and outlying lands. What had been taken over again and finally desecrated by pagan rulers changed hands in an unlikely chain of event that resulted in the high priest ruling both the people as well as the Temple.

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  3. Now it is the kingdom of Judah's turn and they are conquered and exiled by the King Nebuchadnezzar and the Babylonians. After the Persian King Cyrus conquered the Babylonians, he allowed the Jews to return and rebuild the Temple that had been destroyed. A remnant did return to rebuild the great city of Jerusalem and things were once again looking good for the covenant people of God.

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  4. This class follows The Kingdom of David with his son,King Solomon, and his building of the Temple. We also cover the tension that arose after King Solomon's death that eventually ended with a divided kingdom. Finally, we cover the downfall and end of the northern kingdom of Israel at the hand of the Assyrians.

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  5. Following chapter 10 of Dr. Scott Hahn's Understanding the Scriptures, Brandon focuses on the successor to King Saul, King David, and the Davidic Covenant established by God. This is a key chapter that acts as a hinge between the covenant mediated by Moses and the new and everlasting covenant mediated and established by Jesus the Christ.

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The Center for Virtue and Learning

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The Center for Virtue and Learning is a Catholic teaching apostolate dedicated to answering Pope Benedict XVI’s call to integrate faith, reason, and culture in order to combat the forces of Relativism and bring the light of the Gospel to the modern world.

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The Center for Virtue and Learning is a Catholic teaching apostolate dedicated to answering Pope Benedict XVI’s call to integrate faith, reason, and culture in order to combat the forces of Relativism and bring the light of the Gospel to the modern world.

About the Instructor:

Brandon Barker was born and raised in Greenville, TX. The eldest of three kids, Brandon grew up in a devout Baptist household. He had a Prodigal Son-like experience throughout his early twenties before his profound conversion and reunion with his heavenly Father at age 26. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he began an intensive study of the Bible and was sent by his church to Dallas Theological Seminary. The more he immersed himself in Scripture and Church History the more he found it to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he was compelled in conscience to enter the Catholic Church, which he did in 2009. Brandon is currently pursuing a Master’s in Theology through the University of Dallas and Franciscan University at Steubenville. He currently lives in Greenville, TX with his wife, Ericha and daughter, Eve.

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