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REQUESTED INFORMATION FOR DATABASE OF COURSES
1. SUBJECT: Religion
2. TITLE OF COURSE:In the Beginning: an Introduction to Genesis
3. COURSE DESCRIPTION:
In the Beginning will introduce us to the first of the five books of the Hebrew Bible, or the Christian Old Testament. We will study the legends of the pre-historic events and people, in the story of the creation of the world and its first human inhabitants, from Adam and Eve to Jacob/Israel, the last of the three patriarchs of the Hebrews. Through the writings of the rabbis, other contemporary ancient religions, Christian and Muslim scripture, art, music, fiction and poetry, we will discover the power and the truth behind these myths.
4. COURSE MEETING TIMES:
Weeks: 10 weeks
Sessions: 1 session per week
Hours: 1 1/2
5. REQUIRED TEXT: Hebrew Bible or Old Testament
6. STUDY GROUP LEADER AND BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Carol Johnson Shedd
I have a deep interest in religions, and in religious scripture and writings, especially of Judaism and Christianity. In August 2002, I retired after 13 years as Outreach Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. In that capacity I conducted numerous workshops for teachers, and wrote many curriculum units to help public school teachers teach about religions in the context of their social studies program. It has been personally rewarding to share this interest with adults, and to have the opportunity to discuss religious texts and beliefs with a diverse population of believers, skeptics, non-believers and secularists.
7. SGL CONTACT INFORMATION: (Optional)
8.COURSE GIVEN AT:
Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
In the Beginning: an Introduction to GenesisBALI Spring 2003
Week I: Introduction to the Bible
Week II: The Beginning
Creation of the Universe and of Mankind (1:1 - 2:25)
First creation story: 1:1-2:4 What is the sequence of creation? How did God react to each day's work? What does God say about human beings?
Garden of Eden and the 2nd Creation Story: 2:5-2:25 How does the story of creation differ in this second telling?
What is wrong with Eve’s response to the serpent?
The serpent accuses God of lying. Why? REPORT: Mark Twain's story of the naming of creatures by Adam.
Adam and Eve are Expelled From the Garden (3:1 - 3:24)
Disobedience of Man: 3:1-3:13 God singles out 2 trues in the garden. What are they and what is their role in the story? Why did the woman eat the fruit? Why did Adam?
God's judgment: 3:14-3:24
Was God’s punishment fair/appropriate?
If we are fashioned ‘in God’s image’ what is wrong with imitating God, a biblical ideal?
Week III: Man’s Disobedience
The Story of Cain and Abel and Their Descendants (4:1 - 5:32)
Cain slays Abel: 4:1-4:16
Why did God prefer Abel’s offering?
Why did the LORD protect Cain from being killed?
Descendants of Cain: 4:17-4:24
When did people begin to use the LORD’S name in worship?
Descendants of Adam: 4:25-5:32
Among the list of Adam’s descendants, only two are ‘described’. Who are they and what do we learn about them?
Noah and Man's Wickedness: the Flood and God's Covenant (6:1 - 10:32)
Supernatural beings: 6:1-6:4
Why did the LORD shorten the life of mortals?
The wickedness of mankind: 6:5-8
The story of Noah and the flood: 6:9-10:32
What was God’s intention?
How do we know there was a form of worship in Noah’s time?
How does God bless Noah?
What is the rainbow a sign of?
REPORTS: The odor of sacrifice.
Nimrod, the conqueror
The Tower of Babylon (11:1 - 8)
How can/might this story be related to the world today?
Week IV: The First of the Patriarchs
The Story of Abraham: 11:9-16:15
Genealogy of Abram: 11:9-11-32
God's call to Abram: 12:1-12:9
Why did the LORD choose Abram, and what did he tell him?
Abram and Sarai in Egypt: 12:10-12:20
What is the meaning of this episode?
Abram and Lot: 13:1-14:24
God's covenant with Abram: 15:1-18:15
What was God’s promise to Hagar?
God’s covenant with Abram includes obligations and promises. What are they?
Lot's Family & Sodom and Gomorrah 18:16-19:38
Why is Abraham considered more righteous than Noah among the rabbis of the Talmud?
Who were the 3 men who visited Abraham, and what is their place in the story of Abraham and Lot?
Week V: The Childhood of Isaac
Abraham and Isaac: 20:1-23:20
The wife/sister story again. Why?
What place does Abimelech hold in this story?
Was Sarah just in her treatment of Hagar?
How do you interpret Abraham’s acceptance of God’s command to sacrifice Isaac?
REPORTS: The Akedah and Yom Kippur
Ishmael in the Quran
Week VI: Isaac Chooses a Bride
The Story of Isaac (24:1- 28:9)
Where did Abraham want Isaac’s wife to be from and why?
How was Rebecca chosen?
Descendants and death of Abraham
What happens to Abraham’s sons at his death?
Week VII: Twins Are Born
Esau and Jacob: 25:1-28:9
Esau should have inherited the rights of the first born son; how did Jacob come to be the one who did so?
What did the LORD promise Jacob?
What is the significance of the wells?
Deceit is strong in this story. How can Rebecca’s be justified?
Isaac was not allowed to go to back to Mesopotamia; Jacob is sent back there; what is going on?
Week VIII: The Story of Jacob/Israel
Jacob's dream at Bethel: 28:10-28:22
What did Jacob promise at Bethel, and why?
Jacob serves Laban for Rachel and Leah: 29:15-29:30
Again deceit and the youngest chosen over the eldest; is there a reason?
Jacob's children: 29:31-30:24
Infertility runs in the women of Abraham’s family. Why do you think this is so?
Jacob and Laban: 30:25-31:55
What do you make of Laban and his deeds?
Were Jacob and his family monotheists?
How did Jacob and Laban settle their differences?
Jacob and Esau meet: 32:1-33:20
(Jacob/Israel wrestles at Peniel: 32:22-32:32)
When does Jacob receive the name Israel?
What is Jacob’s strategy on meeting Esau?
Whom did Jacob worship?
The rape of Dinah: 34:1-34:31
Why did Dinah’s brothers seek revenge against Shechem?
How did they satisfy it?
God blesses Jacob at Bethel: 35:1-15
Rachel dies giving birth to a son. What is he named?
Descendants of Jacob and Esau: 35:16-36:43
Who are the sons of Jacob?
Week IX: The Unpopular Brother
Joseph and his brothers: 37:1-36
Why did Joseph’s brothers wish him harm?
Judah and Tamar: 38:1-30
How does Tamar shows the determination of Abraham’s women?
What theme does this story follow?
Joseph and Potiphar's wife: 39:1-23
What changed Joseph’s fortune in Egypt?
Joseph interprets dreams: 40:1-41:36
Joseph’s dreams play a vital role in his life. In what way?
Joseph is made governor over Egypt: 41:37-57
REPORT: Story of Joseph in the Quran.
Week X: Joseph and His Brothers
Joseph's and his brothers meet in Egypt: 42:1-45:28
Why does Joseph use deceit with his brother’s before he tells them who he is?
Jacob and his family go to Egypt: 46:1-47:26
Some commentators see Joseph’s economic plan as immoral. Why?
Jacob's death and farewell words: 47:27-50:14
Anything familiar in Jacob’s blessing of Joseph’s sons?
What are the twelve tribes of Israel?
The death of Joseph: 50:15-26
What were Joseph’s dying words to his brothers?
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