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The Bible as Literature with Brooks Susman

You might have been taught that the Torah/The First Five Books of Moses/The Pentateuch as being written by Moses and God...but consider the authors being Agatha Christie and Dashiell Hammett writing a "who done it"!

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The Bible as Literature with Brooks Susman

This is a 6-meeting virtual class using the Zoom platform.

Tuesdays Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

6-7:30 pm CT

About this class:

Was the biblical text revealed by God or written as a “who done it” by someone like Dashiell Hammett or Agatha Christie? The Bible’s stories and lessons are more than religious or theological; they delve into the human spirit, mind, and actions. This course will look at the unembellished story through the text, offering insights through the original Hebrew to allow the English reader to discover the real stories behind the “sermonic lessons”.

Instructor bio:

Rabbi Brooks R. Susman is the founding rabbi of Congregation Kol Am of Freehold, New Jersey, retiring in August 2015. In his rabbinate, Rabbi Susman has served congregations in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey as well as St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Ohio University with a dual major in philosophy and political science. Rabbi Susman was ordained from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 1974 with a BHL and MAHL, where he also received his Doctor of Divinity in 1999. Dr. Susman is an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College teaching classes on ethics, justice, history, and philosophy as well as Bible, Midrash, and Jewish Thought.

HND Value Statement

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities North Dakota. However, in an increasingly polarized world, we at Humanities North Dakota believe that being open-minded is necessary to thinking critically and rationally. Therefore, our programs and classes reflect our own open-mindedness in the inquiry, seeking, and acquiring of scholars to speak at our events and teach classes for our Public University. To that end, we encourage our participants to join us in stepping outside our comfort zones and considering other perspectives and ideas by being open-minded while attending HND events featuring scholars who hold a variety of opinions, some being opposite of our own held beliefs.

Humanities North Dakota classes and events are funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities

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