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Torah as History / Torah as Story
November 9, 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Torah as History / Torah as Story: A two-part series with Scholar Loren Spielman & Storyteller Brian Rohr
Thursday, November 2 and 9, 7:00-8:30pm
How old are the stories in the Bible? How were they composed and how closely do they reflect what we know about ancient history and archaeology? Are stories less important than history? Prof. Loren R. Spielman, associate professor at Portland State University’s Harold Schnitzer Family Program in Judaic Studies, discusses some of the difficulties with treating Torah as history and how Biblical narratives, like all stories, can live complicated lives. Brian Rohr, as a professional storyteller, picks up this thread by performing a biblical story and discusses how, when freed from literal interpretations, we can use these stories from our ancient texts to glean timeless wisdom and sacred truths. No registration is required.