Connected to the Roots: The Online Classroom of Dr. Chad Foster

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The Virtual Classroom of Dr. Chad Foster

 

Welcome to the virtual classroom of the Rev. Dr. Chad Foster of Immanuel congregation in Murray, KY.  Dr. Foster offers two weekly classes to the public.  The Sunday morning class is archived on this page and the Torah Tuesday class is linked above.

The virtual classroom will offer some of the handouts, audio, and in some cases, video,  from the classes. However, the best way to experience the classes is in person.  Often, there are "bonus" discussions and material that are not recorded or posted online.

The Sunday morning class meets at Immanuel at 9:00am and Torah Tuesdays meets at Immanuel at 7:00pm.  Immanuel is located at 100 South 15th Street in Murray (right across from Sparks Hall of Murray State University).

You may email Dr. Chad Foster at immanuel@murray-ky.net or torahtuesdays@gmail.com

The Sunday Shul Class

The current Sunday morning course being offered at Immanuel is entitled The Chronicles of Messiah. 

This course is about the greatest story ever told! The course will be a Hebraic roots commentary using a narrative approach to the four Gospels, following the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth from his birth to his ascension.  We will read the Gospel story in its historical and original Jewish context; unravel the difficult words and parables of the Master from Nazareth; study rabbinic parallels to the Gospel teachings; and discover the true Gospel message and call to discipleship.

 

For the most part, we will do a passage by passage study through the story of the Messiah in one continuous Gospel narrative, which will also be keyed to the Torah and prophetic writings.

 

We will study the life of Rabbi Jesus through Hebraic eyes, stripping away centuries of theological dressings and cultural misinterpretations. For many, this course will be like reading the Gospels for the very first time! 

 

Below are some of the handouts and audio from the class.

 

Click here for your first-century toolbox

 

Handout Class One                   Class One Audio

 

Handout Class Two                   Class Two Audio 

 

Handout Class Three                Class Three Audio

 

Handout Class Four                  Class Four Audio

   

Handout Class Five                   Class Five Audio

 

Handout Class Six                    Class Six Audio

 

Handout Class Seven               Class Seven Audio 

 

Handout Class Eight                 Class Eight Audio 

 

Handout Class Nine                  Class Nine Audio

 

Handout Class Ten                   Class Ten Audio  

 

Handout Class Eleven              Class Eleven Audio

 

Handout Class Twelve              Class Twelve Audio

 

Handout Class Thirteen            Class Thirteen Audio

 

Handout Class Fourteen           Class Fourteen Audio

 

Handout Class Fifteen              Class Fifteen Audio

 

Handout Class Sixteen             Audio Malfunction! Sorry :-(

 

Handout Class Seventeen         Class Seventeen Audio

 

Handout Class Eighteen            Class Eighteen Audio

 

Handout Class Nineteen           Class Nineteen Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty               Class Twenty Aduio

 

Handout Class Twenty-one        Class Twenty-one Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-two         Class Twenty-two Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-three      Class Twenty-three Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-four        Special Beatitudes   Class Twenty-four Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-five         Class Twenty-five Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-six          Class Twenty-six Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-seven     Class Twenty-seven Audio

 

Handout Class Twenty-eight      Class Twenty-eight Audio 

 

Handout Class Twenty-nine       Class Twenty-nine Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty                   Class Thirty Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-one           Class Thirty-one Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-two            Class Thirty-two Audio

  

Handout Class Thirty-three         Class Thirty-three Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-four           Class Thirty-four Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-five           Class Thirty-five Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-six            Class Thirty-Six Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-seven       Class Thirty-Seven Audio  (incomplete)

 

Handout Class Thirty-eight        Class Thirty-eight Audio

 

Handout Class Thirty-nine         Class Thirty-nine Audio

 

Handout Class Forty                   Class Forty Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-one          Class Forty-one Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-two           Class Forty-two Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-three        Class Forty-three Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-four          Class Forty-four Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-five           Class Forty-five Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-six            Class Forty-six Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-seven      Class Forty-seven Audio

 

Handout Class Forty-eight       Class Forty-eight Audio (missing last 10 minutes)

 

Handout Class Forty-nine        Class Forty-nine Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty                   Class Fifty Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-one          Class Fifty-one Audio

 

Handout Class-Fifty-two          Class Fifty-two Audio   

 

Handout Class Fifty-three        Class Fifty-three Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-four          Class Fifty-four Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-five          Class Fifty-five Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-six           Class Fifty-six Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-seven     Class Fifty-seven Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-eight       Class Fifty-eight Audio

 

Handout Class Fifty-nine       Class Fifty-nine Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty               Class Sixty Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty-one       Class Sixty-one Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty-two        Class Sixty-two Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty-three     Class Sixty-three Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty-four       Class Sixty-four Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty-five       Class Sixty-five Audio

 

Handout Class Sixty-six        Class Sixty-six Audio            Video Class Sixty-six

 

Handout Class Sixty-seven   Class Sixty-seven Audio      Video Class Sixty-seven

 

Handout Class Sixty-eight     Class Sixty-eight Audio        Video Class Sixty-eight

 

Handout Class Sixty-nine      Class Sixty-nine Audio        Video for Class Sixty-nine

 

Handout Class Seventy         Class Seventy Audio            Video for Class Seventy

 

Handout Seventy-one            Seventy-one Audio               Video for Seventy-one

 

Handout Seventy-two            Seventy-two Audio                 Video for Seventy-two

 

Handout Seventy-three         Seventy-three Audio              Video for Seventy-three

 

Handout Seventy-four           Seventy-four Audio                Video for Seventy-four

 

Handout Seventy-five            Seventy-five Audio                 Video for Seventy-five

 

Handout Seventy-six             Seventy-six Audio                  Video for Seventy-six

 

Handout Seventy-seven        Seventy-seven Audio            Video for Seventy-seven

 

Handout Seventy-eight         Seventy-eight Audio               Video for Seventy-eight

          

Handout Seventy-nine          Seventy-nine Audio                Video for Seventy-nine

 

Handout Class Eighty           Class Eighty Audio                 No video this week - sorry

 

Handout Class Eighty-one   Class Eighty-one Audio          Video for Eighty-one

 

Handout Class Eighty-two   Class Eighty-two Audio          No video this week - sorry

 

Handout for Eighty-three     Class Eighty-three Audio        Video for Eighty-three

 

Handout for Eighty-four       Class Eighty-four Audio          Video for Eighty-four

 

Handout for Eighty-five        (Major Audio/Visual malfunction.  Best class ever, too!)

 

Handout for Eighty-six         Class Eighty-six Audio           Video for Eighty-six

 

Handout for Eighty-seven    Class Eighty-seven Audio      Video for Eighty-seven

 

Handout for Eighty-eight     Class Eighty-eight Audio       Video for Eighty-eight

 

Handout for Eighty-nine      Class Eighty-nine Audio        Video for Eighty-nine

 

Handout for Class Ninety     Video only this week            Video for Ninety

 

Handout Class Ninety-one   Audio for Ninety-one           Video for Ninety-one

 

Handout Class Ninety-two   Audio for Ninety-two           Video for Ninety-two

 

Handout Ninety-three            Audio for Ninety-three        Video for Ninety-three

 

Handout Ninety-four              Audio for Ninety-four          Video for Ninety-four

 



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Some Previous Classes

Please Enjoy the Following Materials from Previous Sunday Courses: 

 The Book of James

The book of James (aka, "The Responsa of Jacob") has a universal moral and ethical message.  Written at the beginning of the “Jesus movement,” the brother of Jesus was witnessing some of the controversies and issues pressuring the new assembly.   How would this new community of Jewish believers, now fully accepting Gentile converts, resolve the tensions between the two worldviews?

In this class, we simply went verse-by-verse, translating the text from the Greek and Hebrew sources, to uncover how James engages the delicate topics such as works and grace, obedience and charity, and other ethical dilemmas. Some of the audio from the classes are listed below.  Please enjoy.

Week One Audio for James

Week Two Audio for James (the first few minutes are bad quality, but stick with it, for it does improve!)

Week Three Audio for James 

Week Four Audio for James 

Week Five Audio for James 

Week Six Audio for James

Week Seven Audio for James

Week Eight Audio for James 

Week Nine Audio for James       Special Handout for the Week 

Week Ten Audio for James 

Week Eleven Audio for James 

Week Twelve Audio for James 

Week Thirteen Audio for James 

Week Fourteen Audio for James 

Week Fifteen Audio for James 

Week Sixteen Audio for James 

The Dead Sea Scrolls

The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Study of Scripture.  We post some of the materials from this course for your listening pleasure.

The discovery of the texts at Qumran is sometimes described as the most important textual discovery of the twentieth-century.  Forty percent of the biblical texts in Qumran are closely aligned with the Hebrew text that lies behind our English Bibles.  This indicates that the biblical texts were copied with the utmost care over the centuries.

The discovery of non-biblical texts was also very important.  This greatly increased our knowledge of Jewish movements during the Second Temple period and the time of Jesus.  For instance, we now know that there was not one mainstream “Judaism” at the time of Jesus, but instead there were various and varied expressions.

 

The Qumran texts provide rich background material for today’s Bible student.  They shed light on the New Testament and are helpful to all serious students of the Bible for deepening their understanding of the Scriptures.

 

Below are some of the materials from the classes.

 

Dead Sea Handout Week 1      Dead Sea Scrolls Week 1 Audio 

Dead Sea Handout Week 2      Dead Sea Scrolls Week 2 Audio

Dead Sea Handout Week 3      Dead Sea Scrolls Week 3 Audio 

Dead Sea Handout Week 4      Dead Sea Scrolls Week 4 Audio

Dead Sea Handout Week 5      Dead Sea Scrolls Week 5 Audio