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That Sounds Familiar: Stories of Adam & Eve, The Garden of Eden, Noah in Context

Hosted By: Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

That Sounds Familiar: The Stories of Adam & Eve, The Garden of Eden, and Noah in Context, with Sharon Keller. This is a 3-part class that meets at 3:30 ET/ 12:30 PT.
Part 1 – Nov 3
Part 2 – Nov 10
Part 3 – Nov 17
The stories in the first few chapters of Genesis are familiar to us all; we know what we see in our mind’s eye when we hear the phrase “forbidden fruit,” or what we envision when we think of the ark that Noah built. But how were these stories heard in a world where Zeus, Marduk, or Amon-Ra reigned supreme? The stories of the nascent world had elements that would have been easily recognizable and understandable to the ancient audiences, but they also are strong polemics that interweave what at the time was likely to be revolutionary thoughts and ideas. Join us for a 3-part master class as we probe layers of the biblical text in relation to other ancient stories and to contemporaneous contexts. Session one will look at the first story of Creation in Genesis (chapter 1-2:4a), Session 2 the second creation account and the Garden of Eden narrative (Gen. 2:4b -3), and our 3rd session will look at the story of The Flood (Gen. 6-9).

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Dr. Sharon Keller

Dr. Sharon Keller set her sights on a Ph.D. in Bible and Egyptology studies when she was in the sixth grade, and she steadfastly worked toward that goal, earning her doctorate at NYU’s Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies in the areas of the Bible and the Ancient Near East. Dr. Keller is currently on the Classics faculty at Hofstra University, where she teaches courses as diverse as Magic, Miracle, and Medicine in the Ancient World and Greco-Roman Comedy. She has been an assistant professor of the Bible and Ancient Semitic languages at the Jewish Theological Seminary and at Hebrew Union College.
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Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program ("CSP")

The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a program offering adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations.
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