Temple Isaiah classes for adults exploring Jewish life, history, and practice.


Torah (Photo credit: Lawrie Cate)

This past week I had the pleasure of seeing some “old” students return and some new additions to the class. Welcome back, everyone!

We talked about Tanakh (Torah + Prophets + Writings = Ta-Na-KH) and about the differences between a Jewish and a Christian Bible. We talked a very little bit about the origins of the Bible, and we talked about Midrash, which are (roughly) explanations and explications of the biblical text.  I gave you two handouts:  Tanach Directory and Bible Vocabulary.  I also supplied a time line for the period; if you want a another copy of that, see me.

Next week, we’re going to look at Rabbinic literature and history, roughly the period between 70 and 700 CE.  We’ll learn about Mishnah, Gemara, and Talmud, and about what happened to the Jews after the Temple was destroyed.

See you Sunday!

— Rabbi Adar


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