The key challenge to Torah learning is seeing the forest for the trees; gaining an aerial view that makes sense of the details. The Academy's renowned Torah in a Nutshell did exactly that. Now join us for a voyage in the same style into the world of Nevi'im (Prophets).
When Israel stood on the banks of the Jordan, ready to take up their destiny in the Land, a thousand years of history began. From tribal confederation to kingdom, independence to exile, the books of the Nevi’im (Prophets) comprise a complex sequel to the Torah. Where the Torah’s vision is that of the perfect society, the 19 Nevi’im books, part narrative, part prophecy, show what really happened. Having read the Torah, what do we expect to see in these texts and what surprises us? What happened to the implementation of the Abrahamic and Sinaitic visions?
Join the Academy and Ilana Stein as we explore these books in classic Nutshell style, holistically, finding parallel compositions, echoes and sequels. We’ll discover the interweaving of two very different ways to tell a story that exposes a full perspective of our history and legacy in all its nuance and complexity. Examine timelines, geography, personalities, geo-political and societal trends, all in a nutshell!
-Builds on the thematic, holistic model begun in Torah in a Nutshell
-Provides an aerial view of 1000 years of Jewish history in the Land of Israel
-What happened after the Torah? What do we expect to see and what do we see in reality?
-How do the Jews take the vision of Sinai and turn it into reality?
-Building a society and creating a state – successes and challenges
-The subtlety of intertextuality – echoes and sequels, parallels and contrasts between Torah and Nevi’im
-Finally – what relevance do these ‘historical’ texts have in our lives today?