[quote=Rand Al’Thor]Peace be with you!
I’m giving a talk on the OT canon tomorrow (Friday) night at my Newman Club meeting. This will be my first apologetics work offline (with the exception of speaking briefly with a few anti-Catholic Protestants). I’m pretty excited about it because I always enjoy talking religion and apologetics. Any recomendations from some more experienced speakers in here?
This talk is going to be sort of a broad overview because we’re also discussing a book and there won’t be a lot of time to go into too much depth on it.
When I was teaching a small apologetics class at a local church I would research the heck out of the topic, then put it all aside, and then review, take a deep breath, then speak almost extemporaneously. Reading from detailed notes or a paper is death. Aimless jabbering is death. Know your points and move toward them. If you have time blocked out for Q&A, make sure it’s neatly divided from your main speaking time. In apologetics, as you probably know, getting off the rails too early will not result in a memorable experience.
These are just guidelines, though. Everyone has their own method.
The canon of the OT, though? Lol. That’s a pretty involved, complicated topic. You should know it VERY well, because if you just use the standard Catholic “talking points” while talking about ancient Jewish history, you could be treading into really deep waters. I once gave a talk on the deuterocanonicals and I mentioned that “the Septuagint was accepted by the VAST majority of Jews in Jesus’ time.” Someone pressed me on it. I finally had to admit to myself that I only knew that because Mark Shea said so. Lol.
Anyway, research and humility are key. Speak to teach and enlighten, nothing more.