Rabbi Pearce – Neglected Narratives
2 Lake Street, San Francisco, CA
Neglected Narratives: A Close Reading of the Early Prophets
Taube Scholar, Rabbi Stephen S. Pearce, PhD
Tuesdays: April 24; May 1, 8; 7:00 – 9:00pm
The biblical accounts of Samson and Delilah, Samuel, Deborah, Saul, David, Solomon, Goliath, Jonathan, Jezebel, and Queen of Sheba are well known. Nevertheless, their narrative sources are obscure because they are found in the often-overlooked books of the Early Prophets – Joshua, Judges, I Samuel, II Samuel, I Kings, and II Kings – books that are sandwiched between the regularly studied Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) and the well-known Late Prophets – Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and so forth. This course will provide a close reading of the Early Prophets in a time frame that spans the entrance into and the conquest of the Promised Land by the Israelites following forty years of wandering, the development of the Aaronide Priesthood, the construction of the Temple, the ascendancy of the kingship, and the division of the Holy Land into the independent nations of Israel and Judah.