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Back to the Prophets — II Samuel: King David Undone
This spring, we continue our study of the book of II Samuel.
King David is on a roll! Having consolidated his kingdom, he has conquered surrounding nations and established a Davidic Empire. His newly-established capital city, Jerusalem, is the dominant political and military force in the entire Levant.
But cherchez la femme. David falls in love (or at least lust) with Bathsheba, and things begin to unravel. He betrays a friend, and is, in turn, betrayed or deserted by 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.
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, April 20 – June 22 (no class 6/1)
7:30 - 9:15 pm
$135 for members
|Apr 20||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Apr 27||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 04||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 11||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 18||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 25||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 08||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 15||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 22||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.