TODAY IN LITERATURE – Some of the most powerful stories in Western civilization

“Stories are the way we organize our response to the world… Listening to others, and having them listen to you, is a way to grow..” So says American journalist and public commentator Bill Moyers. Moyers’ 1996 Mini-Series for PBS, Genesis: A Living Conversation, is a wonderful example of the two pillars of Classical Pursuits – great books and shared inquiry. I wrote about these in a recent blog post.

When I created Classical Pursuits, I was not yet in touch with the Great Books Foundation. But I was clear about the type of discussion I wanted to promote. I bought the Genesis video series and gave one episode to each leader so they could watch how the conversation unfolded and how Moyers gently but deftly encouraged participants to listen with an open mind and respond directly to others.

At Toronto Pursuits this July, one of our ten morning seminars will use a highly acclaimed new rendering of these foundational stories. Everett Fox is an expert on both the Bible and literature. His new rendering of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy is a breathtaking translation that captures the beautiful, majestic, and dynamic character of biblical Hebrew.

Mark Cwik, a veteran Great Books leader, will be returning to Toronto this summer to lead The Five Books of Moses.

Here is a link to aclip from Moyers’ Genesis series. It addresses the question, Who was the first really human, multi-dimensional character in the Bible? The clip gives a glimpse of the kind of discussion you will enjoy if you join Mark  to explore this rich narrative inheritance of all western culture, both religious and secular.

A limited number of spaces are still available in The Five Books of Moses and several other seminars at Toronto Pursuits. If you are free the thirds week of July, from the 18th to the 22nd, why don’t you join us?

One Comment

  1. Sounds wonderful! As someone who recently re-read Genesis, in preparation for leading discussions for Great Books Chicago, I have to say it’s an amazing book! I’m sure these discussions will be very exciting and enlightening, and I will seek out The Five Books of Moses, too!

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