How To Read the Bible

Image: An open Bible.

For those readers in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’d like to let you know about a learning opportunity. Rabbi Jeremy Morrison, Ph.D. is offering a four week course titled, How to Read the Bible: Bridging the Gap Between Ourselves and Our Inherited Texts. Rabbi Morrison is a wonderful teacher, and the new Executive Director of Lehrhaus Judaica.

Were I free on those nights, I’d be tempted to attend, myself.

Here’s Rabbi Morrison, talking about his course:

The description from the Lehrhaus catalog:

To many contemporary readers, the Bible often feels impenetrable and outdated, principally because of the manner in which Jewish texts have been taught in religious schools for generations. This course will explore methods for reading the Bible that are central to liberal Judaism’s orientations to reading sacred texts, but are not frequently utilized in synagogue settings. We will discuss myth and metaphor and the Bible’s literary history in order to uncover the ancient meanings of several of the Bible’s classic narratives and its law codes, and to determine their relevance to modern day Jews and the world in which we live.

The class will meet Thursdays, January 25 – February 15 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, CA. For more information and to register, visit the Lehrhaus Catalog online.

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Rabbi Ruth Adar is a teaching rabbi in San Leandro, CA. She has many hats: rabbi, granny, and ham radio operator K6RAV. She blogs at and teaches at Jewish Gateways in Albany, CA.

2 thoughts on “How To Read the Bible”

  1. Sounds really interesting! Alas, I work evenings, so attending in person is out, and there’s no indication that the course content would be available online. Maybe next time.

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