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Reading Scripture Together: Elijah, the Miracle Man

  • Course Dates: Thu 2 December, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Elijah the Prophet is portrayed in Judaism and Christianity as a prophet who never died.

The biblical Elijah was a zealot who performed miracles and ascended to heaven in a chariot of fire. But his legacy has carried on in Jewish tradition in specific ways that are not as heavily emphasised in Christianity.

He is the prophet who metaphorically visits every Passover seder and every circumcision. He appears in medieval stories as a miracle man who saves innocents. And he even becomes associated with the story of the Hanukah miracle. We will explore these traditions and Elijah’s role as the messenger who announces the coming of the Messiah.

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Course Details

Date:
Thu 2 December
Time:
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost:
£60
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Tutors:
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, Coordinator, Centre for Encountering the Bible, Short Courses and Programme Leader for Exploring Theology at Sarum College. 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.
Course Code:
2485
Please Note:
This course will be run online and in-person if public safety conditions at the time allow.
Course Price:
£60