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Back to the Prophets: The Book of II Kings: A Kingdom Lost, A Kingdom Saved
This Spring, we forge onward in our study of the two Jewish kingdoms in the Bible.
In the Northern Kingdom of Israel, a succession of foolish and frankly dim-witted kings progressively misplay their hands in dealing with the great and ruthless empire of Assyria in Mesopotamia.
Eventually, with social rot in its core and lethal enemies assaulting its gates, the northern kingdom crumples and is conquered. Its citizenry is exiled, becoming what we now call the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.
The Southern Kingdom of Judah is saved by a dynamic duo, unifying royal and prophetic powers. King Hezekiah prepares Jerusalem for the Assyrian onslaught with success. His hand is largely guided by the great prophet Isaiah, and his mission is miraculously fulfilled by Divine Providence.
So Judah survives the first imperial assault, its population augmented by some of the fleeing northerners, and some common Biblical themes become quite evident as Judah prepares for the future against other coming Mesopotamian threats.
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!
Thursdays, May 2 - June 27
7:30 - 9:15 pm
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|May 02||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 09||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 16||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 23||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|May 30||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 06||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 13||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 20||7:30 PM–9:15 PM||Thu||CCJDS||Ken Cohen|
|Jun 27||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.