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Back to the Prophets
II Samuel: King David's Tragedies and Triumphs
This Fall, we complete our study of the book of II Samuel.
King David’s dreams and promise are on the verge of collapse. Having consolidated his united kingdom, he has established a Davidic Empire. Jerusalem is the dominant political and military force in the entire Levant. But, as a Divine consequence of the Bathsheba/Uriah affair, and his own bumbling of family matters, he is betrayed or deserted by many of those closest to him. His household dissolves in a sea of incestuous rape and murder. Ultimately, his own beloved son, Avshalom, leads a violent rebellion that has David running for his life from Jerusalem.
Only the unmatched viciousness of David’s uncle saves the day, and David is confronted by the limits of power and loyalty. His once brilliant future seems mostly behind him. His last years consist of hanging on to his throne and nursing his well-earned wounds.
This is not a weekly “torah-study” class, but an in-depth exploration of each chapter and verse, uncovering the religious, historic and cultural messages of the author, and the historical context of the book’s composition and its first audiences.
Our class' methods are eclectic, including text-critical and literary approaches. These are enriched by archaeological information and contemporary scholarship, and are spiced and profoundly enriched with classic midrash and later Jewish interpretations of Biblical messages.
We will read and study in English with occasional references to the original Hebrew (fully explained for non-Hebrew speakers). Class members will be expected to read a chapter or so each week in preparation for class discussions.
Bring a Jewish Bible (Tanakh) to class. The more translations, the merrier!
Thursdays, September 28 - December 21 (no class 10/5, 10/12, 11/23)
7:30 - 9:15 pm
$160 for members
|Sep 28||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Oct 19||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Oct 26||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 02||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 09||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 16||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 30||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Dec 07||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Dec 14||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Dec 21||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
955 Risa Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
Class meets in the school Makom/Library
Ken Cohen, MA, former President of Lehrhaus Judaica. He holds a Master's Degree in Jewish Studies from the Graduate Theological Union and is an adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University. Ken lectures widely on topics including the Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and ancient Israelite history.