Rev. Dr. Kristine Ruffatto

Retired Professor of Old Testament Studies at LTS

September 9–11, 2022

Kuriakos, Sylvan Lake, AB

Kristine & Scot in Africa

An Adult Look at Sunday School Stories


  1. Noah’s Ark
  2. Moses & the Exodus
  3. David: The Shepherd Boy Who Became King
  4. Joshua, the Battle of Jericho, and the Conquest of Canaan


When we are children, we learn the stories of the Bible and get out of them what we can. But the biblical narratives are highly literary, theological works — they are sophisticated and complex!

The biblical writers used stories to teach, to edify, and to make a theological point. The deeper we dig, the more richness we discover.

St. Augustine wrote that the Bible is “shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.”

An in-depth look at well-known Old Testament stories enhances our understanding of their meaning and message, for ancient Israel and for us today.