Knesset Members to Get Bible Lessons

November 29, 2009

Source: Israel National News


In a joint initiative between Hebrew University, the Knesset, and the Ministry of Education, Jewish studies experts from Hebrew Univesity will give courses to Israeli parliamentarians on the Jewish Bible. Professors Yair Zakovich (Department of Bible) and Avigdor Shinan (Department of Hebrew Literature) of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University will arrive at the Knesset building, to begin a series of meetings on "Personalities in the Bible and Midrash". The courses will also address issues of leadership.


 The first meeting will focus on: "Elijah: From Fiery Prophet to Answerer of Dilemmas and Problems." Professor Zakovich, whose expertise lies in early Biblical commentaries, will explore the persona of Elijah the Prophet in the Bible. Professor Avigdor Shinan, whose expertise is Talmudic and Rabbinic literature, will take a look at Elijah's persona in later Judaism. Upcoming lectures in the series include: "Joshua and Rahav: The Odd Couple," "Jacob and Esau: From Two Brothers to Two Nations," and "Samson: From Burly to Righteous."

Updated: Dec. 03, 2009