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Lost Goddess: The Life and Death of the Divine Feminine in the Biblical World

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2016.

Like it or not, most of us consciously or unconsciously think of God as "He". But scanning through the ancient religious lives of Egyptians, Mesopotamians, Hittites, Canaanites and also Israelites, we see a generous number of goddesses. Who were they and what can we learn about them? What were their shared and distinct traits? How did the divine feminine manifest itself in Biblical Israel from its origins to the destruction of Solomon's Temple? And finally: what was the fate of the divine feminine and what were the consequences for Western monotheism? This course will explore and answer these questions.

This course will be available to registered students at no extra charge via Adobe Connect online distance learning. Students may attend live in the classroom, live online or anytime via recording.


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursdays, March 17 - April 21 (no class 3/24, 4/7)
7:00 - 8:30 pm

$50 for the public
$40 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Mar 17 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu JCCEB Jehon Grist
Mar 31 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu JCCEB Jehon Grist
Apr 14 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu JCCEB Jehon Grist
Apr 21 7:00 PM–8:30 PM Thu JCCEB Jehon Grist


JCC East Bay

1414 Walnut Street

Berkeley, CA 94709



Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is a Senior Educator for 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.