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L03 Class 6: Monotheism & Greece

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Read: Selections from Genesis

Group B: Pre-Class Response


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Agenda for Class

Q & A

Discussion: Selections from Genesis

  • Who is this Yahweh? How is this deity similar to others we’ve discussed (think Egypt/Mesopotamia)? How is this deity different? What does this deity expect from Abraham?
  • Since you asked - why circumcision? Why all males? Why just males? Some outside research is welcome or you can think about what the impact of this ritual would be within the community.
  • Why are Abram and Sarah the “chosen ones”? How are they different from our previous ‘heroes’? What might it say about Jewish listeners that Abram and Sarah are worth telling stories about?
  • How might these stories to be useful to people who find themselves exiled and scattered across an empire? How might these stories reinforce identity? Provide hope? Strengthen or support religious belief?

Content: Ancient Greece

 

Thumbnail Image: Greek-Persian Duel (Wikipedia)

Earlier Event: September 13
L02 Class 6: Monotheism & Greece
Later Event: September 18
L01 Class 7: Greece & Persia