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Back to the Prophets — The Book of I KINGS: The King (DAVID) is Dead; Long Live King Solomon!

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2018.

This Winter, we move from the Davidic period to the Solomonic.

In the fall, we watched as King David’s brilliant public career was utterly derailed by his personal and family weaknesses. David’s end was one of great accomplishment and great tragedy.

In I Kings, the Davidic Dynasty’s story continues the themes of greatness and tragedy. A vicious dynastic succession battle results in young Solomon’s accession as King. His achievements are many, not least of which being the construction of a permanent Temple in Jerusalem. (We’ll study both the cubits and the meanings of this construction project.)

Solomon dazzles with his wisdom, and makes his inherited empire into a dominant force in the ancient world. But, even as we marvel at his governing genius, we will see the seeds of his empire’s destruction being planted by Solomon in his political strategies and his personal conduct. The Solomonic paradise will not endure.

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
11
Date & time

Thursdays, January 11 - March 22
7:30 - 9:15 pm

Tuition
$185 for the public
$165 for members
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 11 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Jan 18 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Jan 25 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 01 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 08 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 15 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 22 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 01 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 08 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 15 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 22 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.