September 16, 2019 •
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Set a King over Us: Personal Reflections on Paradigms of Power

In the Book of Samuel with Cantor Epstein
This class is free and open to the community. Register online. For further information, call 973.994.2290

Set a King over Us: Personal Reflections on Paradigms of Power in the Book of Samuel with Cantor Epstein
The class is designed for lay people with limited Hebraic and Biblical knowledge. All sessions will be 75 minutes. We will closely read the Book of Samuel focusing on one main character a week ( Eli, Samuel, Saul, David) plus the female actors. We will gain a fresh, empathetic view of the text in terms of the corrosive effects of power upon leaders while applying its wisdom through the prism of our lives and internalizing its lessons vis-à-vis our own roles in society. Using Halbertal and Holme’s The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel, as a guide, we will be able to understand the basic narrative, identify pitfalls inherent in wielding power, discuss its effect on both the powerful and powerless, and gain new personal and contemporary political insights.
Recommended Books:
The David Story: A Translation with Commentary of 1 and 2 Samuel, by Robert Alter
The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel, by Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes
Thursdays, November 7, November 14, November 21, December 5 & December 12, 2019, 7:00 to 8:15 PM

 

 

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