Rereading the Bible: An Introduction to Feminist Interpretation May 10, 17, 24 - 7pm Donation: $18 for series, to go to social action program 1st class at Congregation Beth David (one at Temple Ner Shalom) Adult Education brought to you by JCCSLO, CBD, and TNS
We all read the Bible from a certain primary perspective, whether we are aware of it or not. Many read it the way our culture or religion teach us to read it. Some read it primarily as history, or myth, or divine truth, or poetry, or sacred text, or irrelevant, or dangerous text. How would our understanding of the Bible change if we acknowledge the usual perspectives we assume when reading, put them aside for the moment, and adopt a new way of reading - if only just to see where it leads? What would it mean to look at scripture based on a contextual reading (what it “says” as opposed to what we want it to say.) What could both men and women learn about the Bible, themselves and the authority to interpret - if we read the Bible from the primary perspective of women and their concerns?
Barbara Rosenthal has a Masters in Bible and Ancient Semitic Languages from the Graduate School of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Among the many adult ed classes she has taught are: Post-Holocaust Theology, Jewish Philosophy, Bible, Methodology of Biblical Interpretation, and Midrash in the Music of Bruce Springsteen. She most recently taught Feminist Interpretation of the Bible to rabbinical students at the Academy for Jewish Religion in New York.