ONLINE SEMINAR
April 20 | Book of Genesis | Evening group

$350.00

For centuries of people across the world, the stories in the Book of Genesis hold a rich narrative inheritance woven throughout our cultures, our literatures, our languages—almost into our unconscious. From the origin stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and the Great Flood, on through the patriarchal narratives of Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers, Genesis records a grand account of creation, destruction, and regeneration; faith and disobedience; promise and fulfillment. It tells how a people understands their beginnings, their place in the world and their relationship to the divine.

In this six-meeting seminar, our discussions will explore how these stories attempt to understand our humanity, the nature of divinity, morality, the sacred and the profane. We will read the impressive translation of Genesis by Robert Alter, which honours the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in a fluent English prose.

When: Six weekly sessions on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Eastern, starting April 20, 2021.

Duration: 2 1/4 hours per session, with a short break mid-way.

Cost: C$350 plus 13% HST (approx. US$273 plus 13% HST)

Group Size: 12-participant limit

How: We will be using Zoom; you will receive instructions on how to join upon registration. For your privacy, all our Zoom seminars are password-protected and are never recorded.

All seminar payments are nonrefundable. If you are interested in applying your Toronto Pursuits 2020 deposit to this seminar, please contact us.

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Description

LEADER

Mark Cwik is the education manager for Classical Pursuits. He is a longtime Toronto Pursuits and trip leader and has been an organizer of adult great books discussion groups for 25 years. He specializes in literature from the ancient, mythic and religious world. Mark lives in London, England, where he also leads seminars with the London Literary Salon.

BOOKS

This seminar will use the translation of Genesis by Robert Alter. It can be found in either of the two editions below:

Genesis: Translation and Commentary, by Robert Alter
(W. W. Norton, 1997)
ISBN-13: 978-0393316704

OR

The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with Commentary, by Robert Alter
(W. W. Norton, 2008)
ISBN-13: 978-0393333930

Please be sure to obtain the Robert Alter translation.

We encourage you to support local bookstores or other independent sellers.

In the US and the UK, try Bookshop.org, World of Books, or Ebooks (electronic books only)

In the US and Canada, try Powell’s Books, IndieBound, and Thiftbooks (used books only in Canada)

In Canada, try McNally Robinson or Indigo

“When God began to create heaven and earth,
and the earth then was welter and waste and darkness over the deep
. . . God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light.”

For centuries of people across the world, the stories in the Book of Genesis hold a rich narrative inheritance woven throughout our cultures, our literatures, our languages—almost into our unconscious. From the origin stories of Creation, Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, and the Great Flood, on through the patriarchal narratives of Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers, Genesis records a grand account of creation, destruction, and regeneration; faith and disobedience; promise and fulfillment. It tells how a people understands their beginnings, their place in the world and their relationship to the divine.

In this six-meeting study, our discussions will explore how these stories attempt to understand our humanity, the nature of divinity, morality, the sacred and the profane. We will read the impressive translation of Genesis by Robert Alter, which honours the meanings and literary strategies of the ancient Hebrew and conveys them in fluent English prose.

All online seminar payments are nonrefundable.

 

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Standard registration, Toronto Pursuits 2020 credit