THE BOOK OF JUDGES
Instructor: Stuart Berman
Dates: October 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday evenings
There is not much judging in the Book of Judges. It’s really a book of short stories, some edifying and some not, but all designed to illustrate the chaos that ensued after the death of Joshua and before King David brought some stability to the Promised Land. It’s what Robert Alter called “the wild west of Biblical narrative.” These stories are not always pleasant but they do contain some of the most imaginative writing in the Bible. Most of them involve God appointing a hero (sometimes a woman) to do battle with Israel’s enemies. In six sessions we will look closely at some of these stories like Deborah, Gideon, Samson and the horrifying tale of the Levite concubine. This should be fun!
Fee: Donations to support future adult education offerings are encouraged. Checks may be made out to CBI with “Adult ed” in the memo line.