Introduction to the Bible: Introduction to 4 Ezra, and Ancient Jewish Ideas of the Messiah, Life after Death, and the Resurrection of the Dead
May 3 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
The book 4 Ezra forms part of the Jewish Apocrypha, a group of Jewish writings stemming from the second century BCE to the first century CE. Although not in the current Hebrew Bible, they are part of the LXX, the Greek Bible, and were considered Holy Scripture by the authors of the New Testament.
Fourth Ezra tells a story about a man named Ezra who survived the destruction of the first temple by Babylon in 586 BCE, and was among those exiled to that land. In this book, Ezra asks just why it is that bad thing, horrific things, happen to people who are basically good, or at least ordinary. Where is God’s justice? In the course of pondering this, Ezra considers the issues of life after death, of Heaven and Hell, of a Messiah, of a Messianic Age, and, more crucially, he asks why should we bother to obey the law when God is not just. Why should we be good when God allows bad things do happen to us anyway?
Join us at the J on Wednesdays in May beginning May 3 from 9:30-11:30; There will be no class on May 31 due to Shavuot.
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Cost: $10/semester (nonmembers); Free for members of the J
Please bring a Bible with the Apocrypha in it to class.
This course is sponsored by Washtenaw Community College and
the Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor