Lehrhaus Judaica > Courses > Back to the Prophets — The Book of I KINGS: The King (SOLOMON) is Dead; Long Live the Kings?!?
Back to the Prophets — The Book of I KINGS: The King (SOLOMON) is Dead; Long Live the Kings?!?
This Spring, Israel’s (and our) wonder at the United Kingdom of Israel under the Davidic Dynasty comes to an end.
Solomon’s unwise policies have alienated many of the Tribes of Israel. When Solomon’s son and successor, Rehoboam, doubles-down on those policies, a secessionist effort results. Multiple Israelite tribes succeed in rejecting the Jerusalem-based Davidic Kingdom. The 12 Tribes of Israel are forever separated into a Northern Kingdom of Israel and a Southern Kingdom of Judah.
I Kings proceeds to tell the tales of both Northern and Southern leaders, political and religious, as the fate of the Jewish state(s) spiral toward what we all sense will be an unfortunate end.
We’ll see good kings and bad (mostly bad!) as well as priests and prophets – Elisha and Elijah – struggle to save the struggling kingdoms and maintain faithfulness to God and a just society envisioned in the Torah.
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 12 - June 28
7:30 - 9:15 pm
$180 for members
|Apr 12||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Apr 19||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Apr 26||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 03||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 10||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 17||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 24||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 31||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 07||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 14||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 21||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 28||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.