Lehrhaus Judaica > Courses > Back to the Prophets - The Book of II Kings: Elisha, Syria, and many, many murders
Back to the Prophets - The Book of II Kings: Elisha, Syria, and many, many murders
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!
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|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|
Contra Costa Jewish Day School
955 Risa Road
Lafayette, CA 94549
Class meets in the school Makom/Library
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.