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Journey Through the Bible & Rise of the Rabbis

The Next Best Thing to Time Travel

Me'ah Online classes begin this fall. Please check back in October  or email Bernice Lerner, Director of Adult Learning, for more information.

You may have a copy of the Bible on your bookshelf, but do you know what this important book says? Do you know how Judaism came to be so closely identified with rabbis and their particular pespectives?

Join other adult learners on a captivating Journey Through the Bible - a complex compilation of fascinating material that reflects ancient beliefs, desires, and norms. Then take our follow up Rise of the Rabbis and learn how Judaism took a dramatic step into its future after the desctruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Much of what we understand to constitute Judaism today has its origins in this pivotal time period.

In Journey Through the Bible, you will be part of an online community of participants who will explore:

  • The Hebrew Bible in its earliest contexts
  • How the Bible became the Bible
  • Biblical Law-what is it?
  • The influence of the narrative structure on meaning for the Bible
  • The diverse character of God in the Bible
  • The difference between what the Bible says and what it means
  • Exploring how we might use the Bible for understanding the development of Jewish ideas and practices

In Rise of the Rabbis you will learn about:

  • The Aftermath of the Bible to First Century Judaism 
  • The Rabbis and the Development of Oral Torah 
  • Special Topics, including modules on Gender in the Talmud, Rabbinic Conceptions of Divine Law & Human Dignity, and more

These asynchronous classes allow you to learn at your own pace, and at a convenient time and place. Our distance-learning platform will enable you to access lectures – approximately 1 hour per session, divided into short segments – via your tablet or laptop. 

These single-term classes are offered by Me’ah (Hebrew for 100), a journey through the narrative of the Jewish people, a program that has educated thousands of adult learners throughout the Boston area and beyond. We invite you to join our learning community!

Questions?  See our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Bernice Lerner, Director of Adult Learning. 



Bernice Lerner
Project Manager, Me'ah Online

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