|Genesis, Ch. 1-11 -- Paris Salon Intensive||Paris, France||Five hours||20 January||5-10 PM|
“When God began to create heaven and earth,
and the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep
. . . God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.”
The stories in the Book of Genesis are a rich narrative inheritance woven throughout our culture, our literature, our language, almost into our unconscious. From the origin stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and the Great Flood, on through the patriarchal narratives of Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers, Genesis records a grand account of creation, destruction, regeneration; faith and disobedience; promise and fulfillment. It tells how a people understands their beginnings, their place in the world and their relationship to the divine.
This evening-long study will look at Chapters 1 through 11 of Genesis, including the first stories of creation; Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden; Cain and Abel; Noah and the Great Flood; and the tower of Babel. These episodes comprise a narrative arc well-suited to an evening’s study, telling a cycle of creation-generation-destruction-regeneration. Our discussions will explore how these first stories attempt to understand our humanity, the nature of divinity, morality, the sacred and the profane.
This study will read the impressive translation of Genesis by Robert Alter, which honors the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose.
TO REGISTER for this study, please use the secure Paypal button below to pay 45 euro. You will receive opening notes and further details upon registration.
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