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How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading the Bible that are central to liberal Judaism’s orientations to reading sacred texts, but are not frequently utilized in synagogue settings. We will discuss myth and metaphor and the Bible’s literary history in order to uncover the ancient meanings of several of the Bible’s classic narratives and its law codes, and to determine their relevance to modern day Jews and the world in which we live.

Schedule

# Sessions
4
Date & time

Wednesdays, May 2 - 23
7:00 - 9:00 pm

Location
Tuition
$60 for the public
$40 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
May 02 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
May 09 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
May 16 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
May 23 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Wed OMJCC Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

Location

Osher Marin JCC

200 N. San Pedro Road

San Rafael, CA 94903

415-444-8000

Instructors

Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

Rabbi Jeremy MorrisonJeremy Morrison was born and raised in Boston. He recently earned a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. His dissertation focused on the use of metaphors in the Bible and in other ancient Near Eastern texts. Following his ordination in 2001 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, Jeremy served as Associate Rabbi of Temple Israel of Boston for 15 years. Among other leadership roles at Temple Israel, Jeremy served as the founding director of the Riverway Project, a nationally recognized outreach and engagement initiative for adults in their 20s and 30s, and as the synagogue’s Director of Education. Jeremy lives in North Berkeley with his wife, Molly, and their two children, Ezekiel and Poppy.