The eighth and last lecture on Judaism begins with a discussion of apocalyptic thinking, continues on to discuss the various changes in Judaism during the Second Temple Period, and ends with a brief survey of the modern Jewish landscape.
Here we wrap up our discussion of the Book of Exodus, beginning on the struggles the Israelites encounter while wandering the Sinai Peninsula and concentrating on the notion of Covenant. The discussion wraps up with a brief introduction to the remaining books of the Torah and the Age of Judges.
Today’s lecture features part one of a two part discussion of the Book of Exodus, following the story of Moses up to the crossing of the Red Sea.
The second lecture on Judaism from my Introduction to Religions of the World focuses on the two creation stories from the Book of Genesis. The discussion includes the image of God in relation to how God creates, exploring the possible reasons for the two different creations stories and the changing image of God. Next lecture, … More Judaism Lecture 2: Genesis 1-3 (Creation)
The semester is back on and with it I return to posting lectures from my Introduction to Religions of the World course. The first lecture contains a brief exploration of common terms relating to Judaism, a discussion of the cultural context in which Judaism emerges, then ends with a focus on Hebrew Scripture.
My latest over at Christian Flash Weekly won Grand Champion again. The prompt is the bible passage: Miriam sang to them, ‘Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.’ Here’s what I wrote: “Water! Water!” someone screamed. And they wept. At least some of them—those … More Bitter
“Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness” Every semester I ask my students what this passage means in relation to God. Inevitably, the overwhelming response is that God must, somehow someway, look like us. Of course the English translation lends toward such an interpretation, an interpretation which is probably bolstered by … More Let us make man in our image…(Creation Pt. IV)
In continuing with my previous two posts on Biblical creation, today I consider the phrase “And God saw that is was good” (NSRV translation) and will concentrated my discussion on the words “saw” and “good.” In English, such a phrase lends to a certain physicality and moral and/or ethical interpretation in that “to see” implies … More And God saw that it was good (Creation Pt. III)
In a previous post I discussed the setting for the biblical creation and issues in the English text, issues that lead to severe misinterpretations of the original Hebrew text. In the current post, I will continue where the previous left off and engage in a discussion of the seven (really six) days of creation. In the … More And God said… (Genesis 1:3-2: 3)