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Moses, Akhenaten and the Troubled Birth of Monotheism (Online course)

3,370 years ago (give or take) marks the birth moment of the first one-god faith: Akhenaten's Atenism. It failed, but the second attempt ultimately gave birth to Judaism, Christianity and Islam. While Akhenaten leaves not a ripple in the sacred texts of today's monotheistic faiths, Moses is part of the bedrock.

Our course will explore the lives (and myths) surrounding both characters and introduce the two very different worlds in which they lived. It will also visit Alexandria around 300 BCE to discover how Akhenaten's faded memory may have fueled both hatred of Moses, and the Jews living there.

This is an online-only course provided through Adobe Connect distance learning services. You may view and participate in the sessions live online, or watch anytime through full video recording.

Cosponsored by JCC East Bay, Berkeley and Congregation Sherith Israel, San Francisco


# Sessions
Date & time

Wednesday, May 24, 31, June 7
7:00-8:30 pm

$45 for the public
$35 for seniors and students
Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 24 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
May 31 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Jun 07 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Wed Lehrhaus Jehon Grist


Lehrhaus Judaica

2736 Bancroft Way

Berkeley, CA 94704


There is a parking garage on Bancroft between College and Bowdich, under the tennis courts. Parking is open to the public weekdays after 5pm and Sunday mornings until 2pm for $5.


Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Educator of Lehrhaus Judaica. He earned his doctorate in Near Eastern Studies from UC Berkeley, where he was a Regents' Fellow. He has conducted field research in Israel, the Gaza Strip, and the Valley of the Queens in southern Egypt.