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The Origins of the Bible and How to Read It: Genesis and Exodus

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2019.

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations.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.

"Rabbi Jeremy's compelling, lively, and energetic teaching style fuels student's minds and encourages them to engage and actively participate in discussions. Rabbi Jeremy's passion for Jewish education is infectious."
- Pamela Nudel, Israel and Texts participant


# Sessions
Date & time

Thursdays, April 11 - May 2
7:00 - 9:00 pm

$100 (100%)
$80 (80%)
$60 (60%)
Session Time Days Location Instructors
Apr 11 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Thu Sha'ar Zahav Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
Apr 18 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Thu Sha'ar Zahav Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
Apr 25 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Thu Sha'ar Zahav Rabbi Jeremy Morrison
May 02 7:00 PM–9:00 PM Thu Sha'ar Zahav Rabbi Jeremy Morrison


Congregation Sha'ar Zahav

290 Dolores Street

San Francisco, CA 94103



Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

Rabbi Jeremy MorrisonJeremy is the Executive Director of Lehrhaus Judaica. 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 was the founding director of the Riverway Project, a nationally recognized outreach and engagement initiative for adults in their 20s and 30s, and he served as the synagogue’s Director of Education. He earned a doctorate in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, and his dissertation focused on the use of metaphors in the Bible and in other ancient Near Eastern texts. Jeremy lives in Berkeley with his wife, Molly, and their two children, Ezekiel and Poppy.