The Old Testament as Literature

Literature Courses
By Unknown author - Il popolo ebraico: le origini tra Bibbia e storia di Mireille Hadas-Lebel, Public Domain,

The Old Testament as Literature

Ronald Hendel
Repeats every 2 weeks every Sunday until Sun Nov 05 2023.
September 10, 2023
Sundays, Sept. 10, Sept. 24, Oct. 8, Oct. 22 & Nov. 5, 2023 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Opera Plaza Community Room, 601 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
$150 per person Society members; $175 per person non-members for the course. Advance registration must be received by SAA by Sept. 3, 2023.

Advance registration for this course is now closed. Please email the SAA Office Manager if you are interested in doing a late registration.

We are excited to be able to offer a literature course with Dr. Ronald Hendel, Norma and Sam Dabby Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hendel will explore the literary features and resonances of the various genres of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, including history (the David story), myth (Genesis), prophecy (Isaiah and Jeremiah), love poetry (Song of Songs), and wisdom (Job and Ecclesiastes).  Topics will include the beginning and end of the world, the complex psychology of biblical characters (including God), and the techniques of biblical literary style in poetry and prose.  All readings are in English translation.


Instructions for Opera Plaza

Dr. Hendel has been a member of the Berkeley faculty since 1999 and has served as chair of Jewish Studies, the Department of Near Eastern Studies, and the Graduate Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. Dr. Hendel approaches the Hebrew Bible from a variety of angles – history of religions, textual criticism, linguistics, comparative mythology, literature, and cultural memory. He is the author of many books and articles, including The Book of Genesis: A Biography.

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