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.$15 per class
This class is part of our Morris Kaplan Scholars in Residence Program.