How are we meant to understand the vengeful nature of Joseph’s behavior toward his brothers, as depicted in the second half of the Joseph stories? As reconciliation or as an attempt to encourage repentance, as the Tradition says? Or, perhaps it was only personal revenge? If so, what then are we meant to take from the Joseph narratives? We will examine this question along with other thematic ideas that run through the closing chapters of the Book of Genesis.
In addition, we will trace how commentary through the ages related to the complexity of this narrative, from the Bible itself, through traditional Midrash and Rabbinic understanding to modern modes of commentary such as art, film, theatre and current literature-both religious and secular.
Tuition: IS 725 per course
10% discount for pre-registration for one series (10 classes): 650 shekels (prior to March 3, 2021)
10% discount price for 2 series of classes, 15% discount price for 3 series of classes or more
All courses will be held on-line via Zoom
Rupture and Reconciliation: The Joseph Narratives