November 2018 – ADULT ED NEWS

Do your own Theology – Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3pm

The Quran refers to the Jewish people as “The People of the Book”. More properly, it should be “The people of the Books”.

Three groups of the Books- Torah, Prophets and Writings (Tanakh) – were canonized between 140 and 200 CE.

The Tanakh plays a prominent role in our liturgy. We read portions of the Torah and Prophets or Writings every Sabbath and additional portions of the Writings on special occasions.

We regularly hear Divrae Torah about what these books mean, but rarely about when these books were written, who is believed to have written them, or what the circumstances were when they were written.

Despite discussions in the Talmud about the possibility of multiple authors of the Torah, the traditional view is that the Torah was given to Moses at Sinai and subsequently recorded by him before the Israelites entered Canaan.

In the last 250 years, a diversity of opinions has developed about the authorship of the Torah. Richard will discuss this literature.

Prophets are a series of books attributed to a group of individuals who experienced revelations from God. Who were they? Who actually wrote these books? Larry will discuss the Book of Isaiah.

The Tanakh concludes with Writings, a miscellaneous group of historical or liturgical books, some named for their contents, some named for the presumed author. Ralph will discuss the Book of Ezra.

We will send out reference material which we encourage you to review. We also encourage you to seek other references.

The Adult Discussion Group, will meet Nov 4, at 3pm at the home of Ralph’s daughter, Stephanie Graff-Yaffee, at 154 N. Bemiston.

Please RSVP to either of us so we can plan accordingly.

richardjrgavatin@gmail.com

ralph.graff@health.slu.edu