I received a phone call from Dr. Van Vliet a month or so back, inviting me to speak, along with third-year Rick, to a special audience the seminary would be hosting. He asked us to give a presentation on altars, as this had been the topic of our Old Testament research paper. No, this special audience was not a group of Messianic Jews. Rather, it was these guys:
That’s a class of astute kids who came all the way down from Owen Sound, what Google Maps tells me is almost a 3 hour drive. They made the long trip because their teacher was impressed by their keen enthusiasm for Bible class, and felt that a field trip to this hallowed abode of learning was just the thing for them. So I guess our job was twofold: give them a good presentation on altars, but also sell them on seminary.
Yesterday, then, after Hebrew class, Rick and I went upstairs to the great hall and delivered a joint lecture, expounding from our vast reserves of knowledge upon the subject of altars. By that I mean we fumbled around with the computer/power point setup for a while, and then told the stories of Noah, Abraham, Moses, and Solomon, and the altars that they built:
After the ten-minute presentation we got the kids to build their own altars. It was simple, a rock base glued onto cardboard, then a series of criss-crossed popsicle sticks, topped with a bloody sacrificial beast:
The blood – red marker – was a nice touch suggested by second-year Dr. William den Hollander II, Esquire. He, with third-year Johan, sat in on the presentation, and is seen here imparting profound insight to the young:
Lod and Ono, the valley of craftsmen: