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For the next program in Hebrew College Adult Learning’s free, monthly GROW series, we examine how the New Testament can inform our Judaism. We hope you will spend an hour with us for this and future programs in our series, to gather, reflect, observe, and wrestle with topics that will deepen your Jewish learning.
Date: February 14, 2024 | 12-1 PM EST/9-10 AM PST | Zoom
Program: What can the New Testament teach us about first century Judaism?
Instructor: Alan Avery Peck
Jesus, the Christian messiah and son of God, was also a first century Galilean Jew who stood firmly within the Judaism of his day. Jesus’ message responded to and resonated within his people’s—the Jews’—distinctive theological, cultural, and political circumstances. As much as the New Testament tells the story of Christian origins, it thus reflects deeply on first century Judaism. Christians who ignore Jesus’ Jewish context cannot fully understand what was at stake in, or the urgency of, Jesus’ message. And Jews who ignore the New Testament miss the opportunity fully to grasp Jewish belief in the period that yielded the Judaism we still practice today. Thus our focus today: What can the New Testament teach us about first century Judaism?
ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTOR
Alan Avery-Peck is Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, where he teaches a wide range of courses in Jewish history, religion, and culture. He specializes in Judaism in the first six centuries C.E., with particular attention to the literature of Rabbinic Judaism. Alongside involvement in accessible works such as The Encyclopaedia of Judaism (Brill, 2005) and The Blackwell Companion to Judaism (2000), he is a co-author of A Comparative Handbook to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke: Comparisons with Pseudepigraph, the Qumran Scrolls, and Rabbinic Literature (Brill, 2021) and is co-editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Religious and Philosophical Writings in Late Antiquity (Brill, 2007). His commentary on 2 Corinthians appears in The Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford, 2011), and he is a member of the translation team of Readings from the Roots: A New Historically Sensitive Translation of the Revised Common Lectionary (https://readingsfromtheroots.bard.edu). Alan taught some of the first Meah classes in MetroWest, some twenty-five years ago, and he very much looks forward the excitement of learning with adults this year.
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Future Free, Monthly GROW Programs
Date: March 13, 2024 | 12-1 PM EST/9-10 AM PST | Zoom
Program: Building Resilience for Stories
Instructors: Margie Bogdanow
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Research shows that learning and knowing about family history helps build resilience in children of all ages. Judaism is a religion of stories. We tell the same Torah stories over and over and each time they have new meaning with the Passover Seder being the most famous example. As grandparents, sharing our stories is one of the most important things we can do for our grandchildren. Today our stories can be told in many ways, from sitting on a lap to sitting at computers across the world. They can be shared in words, in music and in pictures. Join other grandparents to reflect on our stories, explore the Jewish wisdom around the value of storytelling, and share practical approaches to becoming impactful stewards of our family narrative.
Date: April 10, 2024 | 12-1 PM EST/9-10 AM PST | Zoom
Instructors: Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
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