“Poetry of the Bible,” typically one of the more popular offerings presented by the Institute for Learning in Retirement, will be taught in two afternoon sessions March 7-9 at Rend Lake College. Registration is in progress.
Dr. Evelyn Claxton, recently honored with the “Outstanding Instructor Award“ by the statewide Lifelong Learning and Service Program organized comprised of both two- and four-year institutions, will be the teacher.
Classes are scheduled from 1-3 p.m. both Monday, March 7, and Wednesday, March 9, in the Academic Building (Room 205) on the Ina campus. The cost is $15 per person.
This class will look at Hebrew poetry of the Bible, primarily in the Book of Psalms, which has been described as “the immortal song book of the human heart.”
“Although most people in our culture have at least one favorite psalm, not too many of us really understand the kind of poetry represented in that psalm,” Claxton commented. “Participants will hear psalms read aloud in English and in Hebrew, and compare the Bible version of favorite psalms with versions in contemporary hymnals.”
A retired English / Journalism instructor and Arts and Communications Department Chair at Rend Lake College from 1970-83, she introduced a college credit class in “Bible as Literature” among many others.
Claxton served as Choir Director and Organist for the Presbyterian Church in Benton for 20 years. She also recalls playing the pump organ as a youngster and has studied the “shaped note” method of teaching music once popular in the south.
“This is not really a religious class, as you might think,” commented Claxton. “This will be a study of a form of writing typical of that age, nothing like the poetry of today. The Bible is full of all kinds of literature.“
For more information regarding “Poetry of the Bible,” prospective students are encouraged to contact ILR Coordinator Lori Ragland in the Community Education Office, (618) 437-5321, Ext. 1267, or toll-free (in-district only) 1-800-369-5321. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays.