Forthcoming Speaking Engagements at Agudas Achim Synagogue

I’ll be speaking on five occasions over the next two months at the Agudas Achim Congregation in Iowa City. I am thankful to Rabbi Portman for the invitations, and invite all who’d like to participate to come, listen to the lectures, and enjoy the congregation’s new facility at 401 E. Oakdale Blvd. in Coralville, IA.

I’ll be speaking on the following:

Date Time Title
Sept. 20 8:30pm “Seeing Double: Twins in the Bible”
(Annual Finn Lecture)
Genesis 25:20-26
Oct.   4 8:30pm “The Flood Tradition after the Rise of Science”
(Noah)
Genesis 6:9-11:32
Oct. 11 8:30pm “Go Forth from Here to Iowa, and I Shall Bless Thee with Tenure”
(Lech-Lecha – Abraham leaving)
Genesis 12:1-17:27
Oct. 18 8:30pm “Looking Back: Scholarly Problems with Sodom and Gomorrah”
(Vayera – Sodom and Gomorrah, Akedah)
Genesis 18:1-22:24
Oct. 26 8:30pm “What is ‘Biblical Marriage’?”
(Chayi Sarah – Wife for Isaac)
Genesis 23:1-25:18

For more information, contact the synagogue at (319) 337-3813.

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Nonstampcollector’s Take on the Akedah: The Binding of Isaac in Genesis 22

Nonstampcollector (@nonstampNSC; YouTube) has released his latest video, which takes on the difficult task of addressing the biblical Akedah, or “Binding of Isaac”, the near human sacrifice of Isaac by his father Abraham in Genesis 22. (He even gives a little take on Sodom and Gomorrah at the intro.)

As anyone who has studied the Bible knows, this text is one of the most talked about and problematic ethical texts in the Bible. This is a classic ‘nonstamp’ take on the ethical issues surrounding a god who would order a human sacrifice just to test the obedience of his followers.

Enjoy. Comments welcome, but keep them germane to the topic.

resources for teaching the story of jephthah (judges 11)

Here are a couple of free resources available for use when teaching the story of Jephthah and his sacrifice of his daughter.

The first is from the Brick Testament, which uses legos to tell Bible stories.

The second is NonStampCollector’s telling of the story of Jephthah, which addresses additional concepts of ethics, morality, and compares the sacrifice of Jephthah’s daughter to the Akedah of Isaac in Genesis 22. The video is below.

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