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Back to the Prophets: The Books of I and II Kings: Elijah The Prophet
This Fall, one of Israel’s greatest and most storied prophets, Eliyahu HaNavi, steps to the fore. The last section of I Kings and the start of II Kings focus on the myriad exploits of this legendary prophet.
He was relentless in trying to clean up the moral, legal, spiritual and religious corruption and chaos of his age. His specialties: speaking truth to power, and performing theatrically fantastic miracles.
He repeatedly confronted King Ahab of Israel and his wife, the lovely and very snazzy Queen Jezebel. He single-handedly (well, with a little help from Upstairs) took on the prevalent religious establishment in the kingdom, Ba’alism, and rolled back its destructiveness in Israel.
We’ll not only study the Biblical texts about Elijah, the wonder-worker, but also delve into the later midrash and folklore about him: How does he attend every bris and every seder? What’s with Elijah’s Cup? Why do the sages consider him to be still alive? Why will he be the precursor of the Messiah?
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 enhanced 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, September 20 - December 20 (no class 11/22)
7:30 - 9:15 pm
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|Sep 20||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Sep 27||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Oct 04||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Oct 11||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Oct 18||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Oct 25||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 01||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 08||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 15||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Nov 29||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Dec 06||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Dec 13||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Dec 20||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.