Biblical Women: Subversive Forces and the Divine Plan (Lexington Collaborative)
Program: Hebrew College Me’ah Select
Instructor: Rav Rachel Adelman (Read Bio)
Dates: 8 Mondays, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 & 12/18
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $360, financial aid is available
Hosted by: The Lexington Collaborative – Temple Isaiah and Temple Emunah
From Eve to Esther, women have been characterized as a subversive force in biblical literature. What role do these subversive women play in the overarching divine plan? This course will engage in a close reading of narratives concerned with women and deceit in the Bible. Special attention will be given to the ancient socio-historical context and the literary features of these narratives. Questions will center on gender and power relations (and how they are undermined) in the biblical text. We will also explore varied interpretations of these stories over the centuries, the significance of “feminine wiles” as a cultural trope, and the insight that critical feminist readings bring to bear on these narratives.
Note that this course is for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of important Biblical texts—not just for women.