Reading The Bible With Midrash: Filling In Gaps And Digging For Meaning

Instructor(s)
Jo Bruce
Instructor of Lifelong Learning
Location
Landmark Centre Building
Date
Tuesdays, May 5-26
Time
6:30-8 p.m.

Terse and often mysterious, the stories of the Bible contain gaps and unanswered questions. Why did Lot’s wife turn into a pillar of salt? What did Cain say to Abel in the moments before murdering him? How did Abraham discover God? Trying to make sense of these puzzles, sages of the Rabbinic period recorded details to flesh out the texts. Trying to make sense of these puzzles, sages of the Rabbinic period wrote Midrash to flesh out the texts. Although they are often mistaken as no more than children’s stories, Midrash express complex theological and ethical ideas. Study with Jo Bruce—master teacher, storyteller, scholar and newcomer to Cleveland—for an in-depth examination of some of the most famous Midrash stories, how they function, and what we can learn from them.

Member of Lifelong Learning Cost
$64
Nonmember Cost
$79