Tuesday, November 24 and Tuesday, December 1 at 7:30 PM
This two-part lecture series is based on the speaker’s most recent book, How the Bible is Written (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 2019). The goal of the book is to bring interested readers – scholars and laypeople alike – closer to the original text of the Hebrew Bible, in order to provide them with a greater appreciation of its literary artistry and linguistic virtuosity. As such, the book and this lecture series focus not so much on what the Bible says (though that too) as how the Bible says it (per the title).
1. “Reading Creation: Genesis 1” – Tuesday, November 24
There is no better place to start than at the beginning. Through a close reading of Genesis, ch. 1, the manner of biblical Hebrew prose narrative will be revealed. One teaser: finally, we will have an answer as to why the words ‘sun’ and ‘moon’ do not occur in the description of their creation on Day Four.
2. “Genesis 29: The Story of Jacob and Rachel” – Tuesday, December 1
Our demonstration of “How the Bible Is Written” continues with a verse-by-verse reading of Genesis, ch. 29, one of the Torah’s best-known narratives. Join us as Jacob meets Rachel at the well, he comes to live with Laban, he first marries Leah (by deception – how did that happen?), and then finally marries Rachel.