Community members listening to a lecture at the Rethinking Confirmation event

Courses and Fees

Browse 2015-2016 classes

This year we continue the series on Lutheran theology and the Lutheran church designed to prepare you for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017.

Lay School Courses

Spring:   April 4 - May 2, 2016

Ad Fontes: The History of the Bible as a Book

Spring: April 4 - May 2, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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There is a fascinating story of how the Bible has been fashioned and transmitted using the technology of the time to make it available to the people. From papyrus scroll, to Gutenberg’s printing revolution, we will survey the history of the Bible as it unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil, religious devotion and technological innovation. The library’s rare book collection, photographs and online sources will help illustrate this story.

Reading for enrichment:

De Hamel, Christopher. The Book: a History of the Bible. London: Phaidon, 2001.
This is a very detailed, though also very readable, history of the evolution of the physical forms of the Bible from ancient to modern times. It includes excellent illustrations. Somewhat pricey.

Lightfoot, Neil R. How We Got the Bible. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.
This is a non-technical overview of how the Bible has come down to us. It covers best the early history up to the age of printing. Moderately priced.

Seminar Leader:

Bruce Eldevik, Reference and Special Collections Librarian at Luther Seminary

Food and Drink in the Biblical World (webcast available)

Spring: April 4 - May 2, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY EVENING 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Individual Registration  (webcast or classroom)
Group Registration  (webcast only)

Have you ever considered how central food and drink is to the stories, laws, poetry and images of the Scriptures? In this course we explore how food and drink functions in encounters, in moments of anxiety, in divine promise and so much more throughout the Bible. We will look at food and drink in the Torah, the historical books, the wisdom tradition, the prophets and Psalms and the New Testament. Webcast Available

Seminar Leaders:
  • Diane Jacobson, Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
  • Anna Grunner, Ph.D. student, Jewish Theological Seminary

Luther’s Small Catechism for Today (500)

Spring: April 4 - May 2, 2016
Course Time: MONDAY AFTERNOON 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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Luther wrote his catechisms for use in many settings, including the home, the church and school.  How does the “Small Catechism” resonate today? How does it help individuals and congregations  focus on what is most important? This course will present and/or reacquaint you with the teachings at the heart of the Lutheran witness. 

Seminar Leaders:
  • Rolf Jacobson, Professor of Old Testament
  • Mary Jane Haemig, Professor of Church History
  • Alvin Luedke, Professor of Rural Ministry
  • Steven Paulson, Professor of Systematic Theology
  • Walter Sundberg, Professor Emeritus of Church History

Register Today!

You may register online or complete and mail the printable form along with payment in full. Early registration is encouraged.

  • The fee for each course is $70, or $60 per course (includes webcasts ) when registering for three or more courses at one time.

  • The fee for congregation or groups to attend a course via webcast is $125.
  • New to Lay School? Choose your first class for just $35.