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Advanced Biblical Hebrew 3: The Book of Esther

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

Esther's story is exciting, romantic and disturbing. Set in the lavish court of the Persian king 2,400 years ago, this tale takes readers through the dramatic ups and downs of our heroine. It also provides an early example of the anti-Semitism that has threatened the Jewish People ever since. But is there actual history in this story? And why did many ancient Jews and Christians oppose its addition to the Biblical Canon?

We will translate and analyze selected passages from this amazing story, visiting both the ancient Persian Empire and additional versions of the text to discover how Esther's tale developed and what its meaning is for us today. Our class will employ Bibleworks software, projected on-screen, as we work through the Hebrew text and other ancient translations to discover the full meaning and nuance of each passage.

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.

Schedule

# Sessions
8
Date & time

Sundays, January 28 - March 25
6:35 - 8:00 pm

Location
Tuition
$125 for the public
$105 for members
$95 for seniors and students
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 28 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Course Introduction
Feb 04 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Feb 11 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Feb 25 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Mar 04 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Mar 11 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Mar 18 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist
Mar 25 6:35 PM–8:00 PM Sun Lehrhaus Jehon Grist

Location

Lehrhaus Judaica

828 San Pablo Ave.

Suite 105

Albany, CA 94706

510-845-6420

Instructors

Jehon Grist

Jehon GristJehon Grist, Ph.D., is Chief Operating Officer and Senior Educator of 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.