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Reflections on Eicha

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Reflections on Eicha

Thursday 9:30PM
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Course Description

Is it possible to find comfort in the book of Eicha? In this course we will examine the poetry, passion, and purpose of the book of Eicha. We will follow the themes of famine, false prophets, and the search for God.


About Dr. Yael Ziegler
Dr. Yael Ziegler is a lecturer in Tanakh at Herzog College and Matan. She received her BA from Stern College and an MA and Ph.D. at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Ziegler has lectured widely on various Tanakh topics in Israel, the United States, South Africa, and Europe. She lives in Alon Shvut, Israel, with her husband and their five children. Dr. Ziegler is the author of Promises to Keep: The Oath in Biblical Narrative, and Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy.

Class Resources & Information

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July 13, 2017 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Poetry, Passion, and Purpose in the Book of Eikha

This class will examine poetic techniques such as meter, metaphor, and structure, all of which are used in the construction of the book of Eikha. In an attempt to better appreciate the book, we will explore how these features shape and convey its religious meaning. We will focus the bulk of our attention on the overall structure of the book, whose magnificent message constitutes the core theological approach to the problem of human suffering in the book.

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July 20, 2017 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Themes in Eikha: Famines, False Prophets, and the Search for God

In this class, we will encounter some of the prominent themes in the book of Eikha. We will see the famine that does not distinguish between the innocent and the guilty, leaving a ravaged nation in its wake. Following that, we will focus on the harsh accusation levelled against the false prophets in Eikha 2:14, examining the veracity of this scathing accusation among the contemporary prophets. Finally, we will turn our attention to the traumatized realtionship between the nation and God as it is portrayed in the book; a relationship that is threatened by the recent catastrophic events.

Please bring a full Tanakh to this class.

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July 27, 2017 9:30PM - 10:30PM
Finding Comfort in Eikha: An Elusive Quest?

In this class, we will discuss the manner in which Eikha may be mined to extract from it a message of comfort. Eikha does not offer overt comfort and therefore we will attempt to discover subtle linguistic allusions (to the Torah and to prophets) that suggest a positive message. We wil alsol turn our attention to the manner in which rabbinic interpreters read the book, often reversing its basic meaning in order to emerge with an optimistic interpretation.

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