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The Book of Samuel: The Defective Text with Profound Themes

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What kind of people are we, as a Jewish nation? For six weeks, we will explore this question through the Book of Samuel, which introduces the early rulers of Ancient Israel: Samuel, Saul, and David. Samuel is one of the most tantalizing books in the entire Bible; historians have debated endlessly the book’s authorship and the extent to which the Jewish Bible’s version of the book is defective. There are compelling thematic questions such as the role of women, whether prophets support or critique kings, and how and why the nation of Israel will survive.  Register here: https://bethaam.typeform.com/to/XUYLhY
The course meets each Wednesday evening for 6 weeks, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Bet Ha’am – January 10 through February 14.

Suggested Donation: $18

Participants should bring a copy of any Jewish Publication Society translation of Samuel or the New Revised Standard Version of Samuel.  These are available online for free or in our library.

Robert Morrison, the instructor, is George Lincoln Skolfield, Jr. Professor of Religion at Bowdoin College.

Register here: https://bethaam.typeform.com/to/XUYLhY

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Congregation Bet Ha’am’s Judaica Shop is establishing itself as a leading regional opportunity for unique Judaica jewelry, holiday gifts and supplies, children’s items, and everyday items.  The Judaica Shop is open 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Tuesday-Friday and Sunday mornings when our Religious School is open.  Please call (207) 879-0028 for inquiries or requests for special order items.  This page will soon have photos and ordering information for specific Judaica items.


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