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Terrible Tanach Class

Thursday, March 30, 2023 8 Nisan 5783

4:00 PM - 5:00 PMVia Zoom

Terrible Tanach Class

The class will read, discuss and analyze the materials described in English but with occasional reference to the Hebrew. Class members should have a Bible with the passages being studied available for each class. Any translation is acceptable, and some classes have benefited from members having differing translations.

The class strives to be completely inclusive and welcoming. You need not have attended any prior classes to enjoy and participate fully in any or all of these classes. No knowledge of Hebrew or Jewish texts is required, The classes invite and encourage discussion, references to comparable or analogous world literature, and continued questioning. Everyone is welcome, regardless of background or level of knowledge. 

MARCH 30, 2023 - What Kind of Wickedness Can Lead to Divine Destruction So Intensive That The First Patriarch Could Not Forstall It? -The Fiery Fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. GENESIS 18: 20- 19:12 (Etz Hayim pp. 102-106.

What were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah? What qualified these cities for this special opprobrium? What was Abraham’s role here? When Abraham became the first ever Jewish defense lawyer and defended Sodom and Gomorrah, was the Court rigged against him? What did the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah do to demonstrate they may have deserved what happened? Is there any way to explain or justify Lot offering his daughters? Is the Sodom and Gomorrah story the mirror image of the contemplated fate of Nineveh in the Book of Jonah?

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