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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!

Schedule

# Sessions
12
Date & time

Thursdays, April 12 - June 28
7:30 - 9:15 pm

Tuition
$200 for the public
$180 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
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

Location

Contra Costa Jewish Day School

955 Risa Road

Lafayette, CA 94549

925-284-8288

Class meets in the school Makom/Library

Instructors

Ken Cohen

Ken Cohen 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.