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Reading Scripture Together Series: The Great Flood

  • Course Dates: Wed 23 June, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Many ancient cultures have stories of a primordial great flood. The Biblical story does more, however, than describe a physical catastrophe.

It contains deep theology where God radically changes how human beings and the divine will relate to one another.

In this session, we will do a careful reading of this story and its implications, including: the first Covenant, the Noahide laws, the end of vegetarianism, the first case of PTSD, and the curse of Canaan (and its terrible implications for contemporary racism).

This is definitely not the story you learned in Sunday School!

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Wed 23 June
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is the Director of JHub and a senior staff member of Pears Foundation, where she leads their interfaith portfolio. She received her rabbinic ordination in 1993 and has previously served as Chief Executive of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice-President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York. Rabbi Gelfand appears regularly on BBC Radio 2 “Pause for Thought” and Radio 4 “Something Understood” as well as being a frequent public speaker on faith and leadership at venues including LSE, Greenbelt, Limmud and TEDxJerusalem. She is the founder of JDOV, a TED-like platform for people to share their Jewish dream, observation, or vision (DOV) and a founding faculty member of the prestigious Faith in Leadership programme where she regularly teaches senior clergy of various faiths. Shoshana is author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Folk Tales, timeless stories retold for all faiths and ages. Dr Jayme Reaves is Director of Academic Development at Sarum College where she leads the Centre for Encountering the Bible, the short course programme the Exploring Theology course. Dr Reaves is a public theologian, and author of Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality which looks at the theology and ethic of providing sanctuary to the threatened other, and how the Western Christian theology and practice of hospitality can be enriched by the recovery of honour and etiquettes related to hospitality as seen in the Jewish and Islamic traditions.
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