Ancient Texts, New Perspectives
Presented by Gideon Amir, Master Teacher
Many of the classic Biblical stories can be viewed through both a traditional lens and a modern scholarly lens. We will compare these varying perspectives on select stories and see what new meanings we can discover. Where applicable, we will also see how other religions view the same story and text.
This new class is a continuation of last semesters’s “Bible for Skeptics," however prior participation is not necessary to join the new session.
Tuesdays, 7 - 8:30 PM
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville, MD 20852
Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24
Nov. 5, 12, 19; Dec. 3
Rates (Per Session)
$50 - Friends of the Haberman Institute
$60 - General Public
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.