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Renard Lecture: From Henotheism to Monotheism and Beyond: The Changing Jewish Concept of God Over the Past Three MillenniumDecember 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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December 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Date:
December 11, 2017
Time:
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Cost:
$5
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Renard Lecture: From Henotheism to Monotheism and Beyond: The Changing Jewish Concept of God Over the Past Three Millennium

Although over half of the world’s population is part of a Christian or Islamic faith tradition that emerged from the concept of Monotheism expressed in the Hebrew Bible, the actual idea of God in both the scriptures and later sacred texts of Judaism is less clear to Christians, Muslims, and, in fact, for many Jews. As this religious tradition encountered new theologies and ideologies during the middle ages and modernity and continues to engage with contemporary theologies, philosophies and new ways of framing the old, the Jewish concept of God has changed as well within the different religious streams that have emerged out of the 19th and 20th centuries. This lecture will provide both an overview of the evolution of the Jewish concept of God, including when the Hebrew Bible clearly reflects a God concept that is not monotheistic, while addressing how each generation understood fundamental theological questions: how do humans know God? What does God want from humanity? What are God’s core attributes? Why does God allow evil to exist?

Andrew Ergas, of Hartsdale, brings over twenty-five years of Jewish organizational leadership to his current role as the Executive Director of the Shames JCC on the Hudson. Having served as Head of School at Beit Rabban Day School on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Executive Director of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), a Director of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth Division, and an organizational management consultant, Ergas is also been a frequent lecturer and speaker on Jewish history and texts, Israel, Hebrew and organizational change throughout North America, South America, Europe and Israel. Andrew was ordained in Jerusalem by the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.

PLEASE NOTE: Doors Open at 9:30 am

TODAY’S LECTURE IS SPONSORED BY THE WEXLER FAMILY.

   The Wexler Family