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B11 Hebrew Scriptures, Women of Valor and Interest

Description: During the 2000 years prior to the common era (C.E.), the people of Israel composed texts in which they reflected upon their understanding of G_d, the world, and the human condition. This course will examine stories of women in the Hebrew Bible and related materials, with emphasis on historical, literary, theological, and cultural perspectives. We will read about women such as Lilith, Eve, Sarah, Potiphar's wife, Tamar, Jezebel, Ruth and Naomi, Delilah, Esther, and many others. We will also note feminine characterizations for G_d, Israel the people, and Israel the land. Our study will include texts from the three major sections of the Hebrew Scripture--Torah, Prophets, and Writings. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, express opinions, and engage in discussion at each class session. Possible topics include the roles of men and women, the moral valence and rights of women, religious or spiritual practices that are specifically feminine, heroic feminine figures and their qualities, as well as observable changes in views and concepts as the narrative unfolds.

Suggested Reading: Textbooks: A copy of the Bible. Any version of the Bible may be used, but please note that the order, numbering, and contents of various bibles differ. For this course I suggest : The Jewish Study Bible, Eds. Berlin, Brettler, Fishbane. Oxford.

Instructor: Rabbi Joe Blair serves both Beth El Congregation in Harrisonburg and Temple House of Israel in Staunton. He is the webmaster and coordinator for Jewish Values Online. He serves as the Dean of Administration and a staff member for the Gamliel Institute and Kavod v'Nichum, and is an adjunct faculty member at Bridgewater college.

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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at LLI@jmu.edu or 540/568.2923.

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