https://bostonsynagogue.org/online-learning-with-david-bernat-2/ Online event
Boston, MA 02110
History, Lectures & Conferences, Virtual
In 1947, a Bedouin youth “stumbled upon" a cave with clay jars & a Hebrew parchment that found its way into Israel’s hands in an episode worthy of spy novelists such as John Le Carre or Daniel Silva.
Decades later a settlement by the Dead Sea, alongside 11 desert hillside caves
was discovered. These caves contained thousands of documents providing crucial information about ancient Jewish history, tradition, & practice from approx 200 BCE & the time of the Maccabean Kings to 70 CE & the Roman conquest of Judea & destruction of the 2nd Temple in Jerusalem. The scrolls also clued us in to the transitions from the Torah to Rabbinic Literature, & the connections between early Judaism & nascent Christianity.
David Bernat has a PhD in Biblical & Near Eastern Studies from Brandeis, with publications in areas such as Jewish ritual, & representations of violence
& zealotry in ancient Jewish writings. David has held faculty positions at Wellesley College, Hebrew College Rabbinic School, & UMass Amherst. David also planned & led several study tours to Israel, focusing on history & archaeology. David has taught a winter/spring course at The Boston Synagogue every year since 2016, & we are excited to embark on this next journey with him.
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