Mt "homework" for the week from Fr Nick was the next 50 pages of Introducing the Orthodox Church, its faith and life (we are beginning with this as a good basic thing). Saints and the Theotokos and the sacraments. I suppose for quick background i should say that i only went to (Methodist) Sunday school with my grandma in the summers, and then my mom converted to Judaism when she got remarried so i was raised that way for a while, so I am ok on Old Testament basics but not much in the New. My folks even did the trancendental meditation thing for a while and i think my dad is a Buddhist now. I don't know-- they are eternally searching it seems. So no real concrete religious upbringing.
SO-- problem is there are references to parables (lazarus, etc) and things i really dont know anything about. I try to search them out on the web, so i can at least get enough to go "oh, ok, that is what this refers to" and get on with my reading. BUT i am only finding things like "in depth" articles wrtitten by evengelicals and the like, which quite frankly look scary and not what i am looking for at all. I suppose one could say "well just read the Bible" but that is an undertaking that I can't attempt right now, though i will most likely be attending the bible study classes when they start.
Anyone have any good sources? Silly though it may sound, perhaps childrens versions (because my kids also have had no religious upbringing up until now and they dont know much either)? I may drag out their bible story book and read some in there to see if some of the parables i dont remember from childhood are in there, but I was hoping someone might be able to point me to a more Orthodox site?
Thanks for any help!