Wednesday October 19, 2022
In-person: on-campus location tba
Catalog Course Description:
The creation story in Genesis is arguably the most widely known mythic narrative in the history of the Western tradition. But what's really there when we take a look under the hood? Join Dr. Richard Sacks, who spent four decades teaching ancient texts and myths at Columbia University, for a close examination of the opening chapters of the Bible's first book, and the complex—and often troubling—narrative details with which it confronts us in our eternal quest to understand our human condition.
The first 3½ chapters of Genesis (1.1-4.16) in any translation. Here is a link to the beginning of Genesis from the Sefaria website which provides the 2006 gender-sensitive adaptation of Jewish Publication Society's 1985 translation and through which you can access many commentaries, including those of the JPS edition.