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Back to the Prophets - The Book of II Kings: Elisha, Syria, and many, many murders

This course was offered in Winter/Spring, 2019.

This Winter, we continue our study of Jewish monarchy in the Bible.

Balancing the often-bad and occasionally acceptable-to-good rulers of the northern and southern Jewish kingdoms is the evolving institution of the prophets, trying their best to clean things up and bring their nations back to the Holy One.

With the fierce Elijah having quite literally flown the coop--ascending to heaven on a fiery chariot--his disciple Elisha dons the mantle and has to continue the prophetic horn-locking with the powers-that-be.

As if the two Jewish kingdoms didn’t have enough self-inflicted wounds, great powers were emerging to the north, in what would be today’s Syria and Iraq. Wars and turmoil ensue, as the pair of weaker Jewish states struggle for their existence and identities.

Nasty events pile up on one another, as individual murders, mass murders, regicides, wholesale purges and wars wreak havoc with the sovereignty and moral missions of the Jewish monarchies. Yet, somehow, chances of redemption are still alive.

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!

Schedule

# Sessions
14
Course dates
10 January 2019 – 11 April 2019
Tuition
$350 (100%)
$280 (80%)
$210 (60%)

As a nonprofit, Lehrhaus relies on tuition to help cover the direct cost of our course offerings. We offer a tiered pricing structure to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation. Please evaluate your own ability to pay, and select the option that makes it possible for you to participate. To inquire about pricing or scholarships, please email us at info@lehrhaus.org.

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Jan 10 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Jan 17 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Jan 24 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Jan 31 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 07 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 14 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 21 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Feb 28 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 07 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 14 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 21 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Mar 28 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Apr 04 7:30 PM–9:15 PM Thu CCJDS Ken Cohen
Apr 11 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.