Join author Rabbi Ed Feld and Temple Emanuel member and his former student, Shira Goodman, as they discuss his new book, “The Book of Revolutions: The Battles of Priests, Prophets and Kings that Birthed the Torah.”
The Torah is truly the Book of Revolutions, born from a military coup (the Northern Israelite revolution), the aftermath of an assassination and regency (a Judean revolution), and a quiet but radical revolution effected by outsiders whose ideas proved persuasive (Babylonian exile). Emerging from each of these were three key legal codes—the Covenant Code (Exodus), the Deuteronomic Code (Deuteronomy) and the Holiness Code (Leviticus)—which in turn shaped the Bible, biblical Judaism and Judaism today.
In dramatic historical accounts grounded in recent Bible scholarship, Feld unveils the epic saga of ancient Israel as the visionary legacy of inspired authors in different times and places. Prophetic teaching and differing social realities shaped new understandings concretized in these law codes. Revolutionary biblical ideas often encountered great difficulties in their time before they triumphed. Eventually master editors wove the threads together, intentionally preserving competing narratives and law codes. Ultimately, the Torah is an emblem of pluralistic belief born of revolutionary moments that preserved spiritual realities that continue to speak powerfully to us today.
Books will be available for purchase after the discussion in the
Leventhal-Sidman Community Court.
385 Ward St
Newton, MA 02459
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