Monday, September 16, 7 p.m.
What is God like according to the Hebrew Bible? Is he "a consuming fire, an impassioned God" (Deuteronomy) or "a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in kindness, renouncing punishment" (Jonah)? Is it the case that the Israelites "saw no shape when the LORD your God spoke to you" (Deuteronomy), or is it the case that "they saw the God of Israel" (Exodus)? In fact, is the Biblical God always a "he"? We will explore the variety of depictions of God in the Hebrew Bible as a way of appreciating the Hebrew Bible as a compilation of different ancient Israelites' perceptions of the divine.
Marc Zvi Brettler, the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies at Brandeis University, is an award-winning teacher and author. He has written and co-edited numerous books, including The Jewish Study Bible
and, most recently, The Bible and the Believer: How to Read the Bible Critically and Religiously