CBI Events Calendar

Oct
16
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 16 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, September 18,  12-1 

 Our discussion of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed continued last week with a focus on the authors’  central claim that the Bible should not be relied upon as an accurate historical document but rather as ”skillfully fashioned” national mythology, an elaborated saga to fit the times reflecting the concerns of the late monarchic period (8th/7th century BCE) and serving the cause of the political unification of a scattered and heterogeneous Israelite population. 

Finkelstein and Silberman seek to demonstrate that the Hebrew Bible and archaeology are frequently incompatible, noting that

  • the Bible records events that took place many centuries after those events took place (e.g. 1750 BCE vs. 700 BCE)   
  • the search for corroborating evidence of the historical patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their families) has been unsuccessful
  • the westward migration from Mesopotamia toward Canaan is ”illusory”
  • there is no record in Egyptian literature of a great mass of fleeing Israelites crossing the border; there is no archaeological evidence of the Israelites wandering across the desert 
  • the accounts of the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan (of the walls of Jericho tumbling down) is a “romantic mirage”

In essence our authors argue that the Bible offers a ”classic literary expression of the yearnings and fantasies of a people at a certain time and place.  

While some in our group are accepting of the claims made by Finkelstein and Silberman, others expressed some doubts.  Just because no evidence has yet been unearthed that supports accounts given in the Bible doesn’t mean that the evidence won’t be unearthed at some point in the future.  We noted that the field of archaeology is rife with controversy, and that Finkelstein and Silberman represent one point of view; they may be too quick to approach the Bible with suspicion and skepticism.  While The Bible Unearthed received much praise when it was published, it did have its detractors, such as William Dever who, in the Jerusalem Post, labeled Finkelstein an ”idiosyncratic and doctrinaire archaeologist.”  Dever described The Bible Unearthed as ”an ideological manifesto, not judicious, well-balanced scholarship.”

Our group’s fun will continue on September 18, when we continue with a discussion of chapters 4 and 5 of The Bible Unearthed (pp. 97-145), looking at the Book of Judges and asking ”Who Were the Israelites?” and at the reigns of Kings David and Solomon.  Before we turn to those issues, we’ll return to any loose ends from chapters 2 and 3–the Exodus and the Conquest of Canaan.  As a way of preparing for that discussion, participants might want to check out the following supplemental links:

 

https://wyattmuseum.com/entangled-in-the-land-or-a-way-in-the-deep/2016-11905

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/12/08/no-really-there-is-a-scientific-explanation-for-the-parting-of-the-red-sea-in-exodus/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Red_Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCgmr78Z6tU

https://ehrmanblog.org/historical-problems-with-the-hebrew-bible-the-conquest-of-canaan/

https://www.namb.net/apologetics/resource/joshua-s-conquest-did-it-happen/

  

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
23
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, September 18,  12-1 

 Our discussion of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed continued last week with a focus on the authors’  central claim that the Bible should not be relied upon as an accurate historical document but rather as ”skillfully fashioned” national mythology, an elaborated saga to fit the times reflecting the concerns of the late monarchic period (8th/7th century BCE) and serving the cause of the political unification of a scattered and heterogeneous Israelite population. 

Finkelstein and Silberman seek to demonstrate that the Hebrew Bible and archaeology are frequently incompatible, noting that

  • the Bible records events that took place many centuries after those events took place (e.g. 1750 BCE vs. 700 BCE)   
  • the search for corroborating evidence of the historical patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their families) has been unsuccessful
  • the westward migration from Mesopotamia toward Canaan is ”illusory”
  • there is no record in Egyptian literature of a great mass of fleeing Israelites crossing the border; there is no archaeological evidence of the Israelites wandering across the desert 
  • the accounts of the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan (of the walls of Jericho tumbling down) is a “romantic mirage”

In essence our authors argue that the Bible offers a ”classic literary expression of the yearnings and fantasies of a people at a certain time and place.  

While some in our group are accepting of the claims made by Finkelstein and Silberman, others expressed some doubts.  Just because no evidence has yet been unearthed that supports accounts given in the Bible doesn’t mean that the evidence won’t be unearthed at some point in the future.  We noted that the field of archaeology is rife with controversy, and that Finkelstein and Silberman represent one point of view; they may be too quick to approach the Bible with suspicion and skepticism.  While The Bible Unearthed received much praise when it was published, it did have its detractors, such as William Dever who, in the Jerusalem Post, labeled Finkelstein an ”idiosyncratic and doctrinaire archaeologist.”  Dever described The Bible Unearthed as ”an ideological manifesto, not judicious, well-balanced scholarship.”

Our group’s fun will continue on September 18, when we continue with a discussion of chapters 4 and 5 of The Bible Unearthed (pp. 97-145), looking at the Book of Judges and asking ”Who Were the Israelites?” and at the reigns of Kings David and Solomon.  Before we turn to those issues, we’ll return to any loose ends from chapters 2 and 3–the Exodus and the Conquest of Canaan.  As a way of preparing for that discussion, participants might want to check out the following supplemental links:

 

https://wyattmuseum.com/entangled-in-the-land-or-a-way-in-the-deep/2016-11905

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/12/08/no-really-there-is-a-scientific-explanation-for-the-parting-of-the-red-sea-in-exodus/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Red_Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCgmr78Z6tU

https://ehrmanblog.org/historical-problems-with-the-hebrew-bible-the-conquest-of-canaan/

https://www.namb.net/apologetics/resource/joshua-s-conquest-did-it-happen/

  

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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Oct
24
Sat
Torah Study with Justin Goldstein
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Justin Goldstein for an hour of Torah study and discussion of the week’s Torah portion.

All are welcome, link to join the Zoom meeting here.

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Oct
25
Sun
Online Torah on Tap
Oct 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
With so much of CBI’s programming unavoidably cancelled, we’re working hard to find ways we can support each other as a community when we can’t be together in person.

Please join me this Sunday, April 26, at 4:00pm, when we will be holding Torah on Tap via Zoom.

A link to the online discussion group is below.  Zoom is easy to use and will let us see and hear each other as we speak.  If you haven’t already downloaded Zoom to your computer or phone, you must do so before joining the meeting on Sunday at 4:00pm.  You only need to download Zoom once, after that you simply log in, always using the same Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790.  Easy instructions are below this message.

This is a temporary measure to keep us all connected while we can’t be together physically.

Alan Silverman

Torah on Tap Host

Instructions for Downloading Zoom

The first time you ever use Zoom on a computer, do the following:

Go to https://zoom.us
Hover over (don’t click) “RESOURCES” on the top right and then click “Download Zoom Client” from the drop-down menu that appears
Click “Download” under “Zoom Client for Meetings”
If it asks you to allow it to download “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes”
Open the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Zoom on your computer

The first time you ever use Zoom on a smart phone, do the following:
Go to the App Store and find “Zoom Cloud Meetings” and download it (it is free)

Instructions for attending Torah on Tap on CBI’s Zoom Account:

Right before the start of services, either go to https://zoom.us on your computer or open your Zoom app on your smartphone
Click “Join a Meeting”
Type in this Meeting ID: 819 7668 2790 and click “Join”
If you’re using the computer and Zoom asks you to allow it to open “zoom.us”, click “Allow” or “Yes” or “Open” and then click “Join With Computer Audio”
If you’re using a smart phone and Zoom asks you to allow using the microphone/camera, allow it
If it says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”, just wait a few minutes for Alan to start the meeting

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

 

Unless you’ve been out of the country for the last several weeks, you probably know that there’s some pretty important proceedings taking place in our nation’s capitol. In the 230-year history of the American presidency, only two sitting presidents have been impeached. President Trump may well be the third. The historicity of the proceedings, however, pale in comparison to real underlying battle. This is not just an investigation to determine whether impeachable offenses occurred; it is a tug war between strength and morality, and it’s as old as humanity itself.

Join us this Sunday as we look at the dynamics of accountability from a Jewish perspective. More specifically, we will consider one very particular confrontation involving Rabbi Shimon ben Shetach and King Yannai.

“Why is a king of Israel “not judged” [Mishnah Sanhedrin 2:1]? Because of what once happened.” 

Intrigued? Wait until you see how many parallels there are between this 2,100-year-old Talmudic tale and what is happening now in our country. To see how the story unfolds and to unlock the universal lessons it holds, join us this Sunday at Archetype Brewing (the former Habitat Tavern, 174 Broadway St., Asheville). Rabbi Justin will help us understand this epic power struggle between the executive and legislative branches of ancient Israel.

This program is free and open to all. Differing opinions are not only welcomed but encouraged. Non-alcoholic beverages are available, there is ample parking in the Moog Music parking lot off Bordeau Pl.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Join us on the last Sunday of the month online for a refreshing and often provocative discussion. Each month, we take on a new topic – often ripped from the headlines of today’s news. We spend the first 45 minutes wrapping our arms around it, defining it, dissecting and analyzing it from various viewpoints. Then we spend the rest of the time discussing it from Judaism’s point of view.

  • What’s Judaism’s take on universal healthcare?
  • Would Moses walk the streets of Chicago today packing heat?
  • Is it okay to punch a white supremacist?

Torah on Tap gives us a chance to learn, vent, share and, most of all, understand what 4,000 years of cultural development, debate and dialogue has to say about some of the issues that confront us today. Torah on Tap is free and open to all. Varying viewpoints are not only welcome, but encouraged.

See you there!

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Oct
30
Fri
Online Friday Noon Study Group
Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Friday, September 18,  12-1 

 Our discussion of Finkelstein and Silberman’s The Bible Unearthed continued last week with a focus on the authors’  central claim that the Bible should not be relied upon as an accurate historical document but rather as ”skillfully fashioned” national mythology, an elaborated saga to fit the times reflecting the concerns of the late monarchic period (8th/7th century BCE) and serving the cause of the political unification of a scattered and heterogeneous Israelite population. 

Finkelstein and Silberman seek to demonstrate that the Hebrew Bible and archaeology are frequently incompatible, noting that

  • the Bible records events that took place many centuries after those events took place (e.g. 1750 BCE vs. 700 BCE)   
  • the search for corroborating evidence of the historical patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their families) has been unsuccessful
  • the westward migration from Mesopotamia toward Canaan is ”illusory”
  • there is no record in Egyptian literature of a great mass of fleeing Israelites crossing the border; there is no archaeological evidence of the Israelites wandering across the desert 
  • the accounts of the Israelites’ conquest of Canaan (of the walls of Jericho tumbling down) is a “romantic mirage”

In essence our authors argue that the Bible offers a ”classic literary expression of the yearnings and fantasies of a people at a certain time and place.  

While some in our group are accepting of the claims made by Finkelstein and Silberman, others expressed some doubts.  Just because no evidence has yet been unearthed that supports accounts given in the Bible doesn’t mean that the evidence won’t be unearthed at some point in the future.  We noted that the field of archaeology is rife with controversy, and that Finkelstein and Silberman represent one point of view; they may be too quick to approach the Bible with suspicion and skepticism.  While The Bible Unearthed received much praise when it was published, it did have its detractors, such as William Dever who, in the Jerusalem Post, labeled Finkelstein an ”idiosyncratic and doctrinaire archaeologist.”  Dever described The Bible Unearthed as ”an ideological manifesto, not judicious, well-balanced scholarship.”

Our group’s fun will continue on September 18, when we continue with a discussion of chapters 4 and 5 of The Bible Unearthed (pp. 97-145), looking at the Book of Judges and asking ”Who Were the Israelites?” and at the reigns of Kings David and Solomon.  Before we turn to those issues, we’ll return to any loose ends from chapters 2 and 3–the Exodus and the Conquest of Canaan.  As a way of preparing for that discussion, participants might want to check out the following supplemental links:

 

https://wyattmuseum.com/entangled-in-the-land-or-a-way-in-the-deep/2016-11905

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/12/08/no-really-there-is-a-scientific-explanation-for-the-parting-of-the-red-sea-in-exodus/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crossing_the_Red_Sea

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCgmr78Z6tU

https://ehrmanblog.org/historical-problems-with-the-hebrew-bible-the-conquest-of-canaan/

https://www.namb.net/apologetics/resource/joshua-s-conquest-did-it-happen/

  

Our informal discussion group is held online every Friday from 12-1.  All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions. If you have questions, or would like the Zoom link, please contact Jay Jacoby at  jbjacoby@uncc.edu.

 

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