From Murder to Genocide: Violence in the Bible with Dr. Regina Stein
Tuesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 14, 21, 28
The Bible begins its story of humanity’s adventure on earth with a tale of murder. It paints a picture of a God who is pleased when one Israelite zealously kills another. It recounts episodes of child sacrifice. It mandates the execution of a rebellious son and the total destruction of an idolatrous Israelite city. What roles do these violent stories and laws play in the Bible? How do they impact our understanding of the Biblical claim that “Its ways are pleasant and all its paths are peaceful”? We will explore Biblical texts along with rabbinic and modern interpretations to grapple with these questions. The Museum’s lifelong learning classes are funded, in part, by the Alice Lawrence Foundation with additional support provided by Marta Jo Lawrence and the Edouard Foundation.
$15 per class; $110 for all 8 sessions