Back to the Future: A New Look at Deuteronomy


Presented by Gideon Amir, Master Teacher

The book of Deuteronomy is written primarily as three long speeches by Moses just before his death. There are two particularly fascinating aspects of this book. First, Moses retells the story of the Exodus and and the tribal wanderings in the desert in his words (with some interesting twists and changes). Then, Deuteronomy embarks on a shift in the theology of the earlier Torah books. As such, this book becomes the foundation of the biblical theology which emerges throughout the rest of the Hebrew Bible.

In this course, we will compare the biblical styles of the first four books of the Torah with Deuteronomy and later texts, as well as how both traditional and modern biblical scholars viewed them.

Sundays, 10:30 AM - Noon
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852

Trimester #1
September 15, 22
October 6, 13, 20, 27
November 3, 10, 17, 24

Trimester #2
December 8
January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 23
March 1, 8

Trimester #3
March 15, 22, 29
April 5, 19, 26
May 3, 17, 31
June 7

Rates Per Trimester
You may register for the full year, or for any of the three trimesters separately. 
$100 Friends and Bender JCC Members
$120 General Public


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The rates for 2019-20 are $100 per individual or $120 per couple.

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Gideon Amir

Gideon Amir

Gideon Amir was born in Holland to Holocaust survivors who went to Israel in 1947.  He grew up in Jerusalem and served in the IDF as a Paratrooper.

Gideon received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rechovot. In 1980, he moved to the United States, where he worked as a manager in several companies including Sperry Univac, British Telecom, and Cisco Systems.

 In 1999, he pursued his interest in Judaic Studies and enrolled in a full-time graduate program at Baltimore Hebrew University, where, in May 2001, he received his master’s degree (with honors) and completed further studies.  

As such, he re-directed his passion for teaching from computer science to the teaching of Jewish and Bible subjects at various adult education programs including the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies.