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Professor Ralph Williams presents The Bible from a Literary Perspective
April 3 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
An event every week that begins at 7:00pm on Wednesday, repeating until April 10, 2019
Join us for four unforgettable lectures as we welcome back Professor Williams.
Session 1: Silent Spots in the Hebrew Narrative
We will examine Biblical narratives and the ways in which readers have filled in the “silent spots” out of their own urgencies, and thus generate different meanings from person to person and from generation to generation.
Session 2: Ethics in the Hebrew Bible – Imagination and Memory
It will be the argument of this lecture that the most powerful discourse on personal and community ethics in the Hebrew Bible does not focus on specific commandments, but on the development of an imagination and a memory which never forgets our common origins.
Session 3: Job and the Voice from the Whirlwind
For millennia we have asked difficult questions about Job and the justice of God. God responds, but out of a whirlwind, and seems to answer our question of justice with a discourse of power. In this lecture we shall respond to G-d’s question: “Have you considered my servant Job?”
Session 4: The Prophets and Social Justice
The Prophets function was to speak of truth to power. This truth characteristically addresses issues of the breach of social justice by arrogant regimes. We shall discuss the complexity, power, and terror of what they declared when they said “the Word of the LORD came to me, and I saw…”