Dr. Lisbeth Fried: Noah and the Flood
September 6 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
The story of Noah and the Flood has captured the imagination of peoples from around the world, from the earliest civilization in Mesopotamia to twenty-first century America.
This course will study versions of the story of Noah from the ancient Near East, the Bible, Second Temple Jewish literature, the Church Fathers, the Gnostics, and from the Quran. The course will culminate in a viewing of the 2014 movie Noah by Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel.
This course will explore the purpose of all these stories: Why were they written? What questions do they answer? We will discuss not only the original story, but also what motivated later authors to rewrite it, to interpret it, and to create their own version of the story. What changes did later authors make to the original, and why did they make these changes?
(Note: the movie Noah is rated PG 13, there is some violence, and some nudity.)
Please click here to register for this class.
Cost: $10/semester (nonmembers); Free for members of the J
Please bring a Bible with the Apocrypha in it to class. Other material will be supplied.
This course is sponsored by Washtenaw Community College and
the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor