The NDS Centre for Biblical Formation (CBF) offers a rich programme of courses that are currently being held via the Zoom platform.
Registration is required for all sessions, through the CBF.
Courses planned for later in the year can be found on the CBF website.
NOT ALWAYS OPPONENTS: HISTORICAL GLIMPSES OF CHRISTIAN-JEWISH RESPECT AND CO-OPERATION
Tuesday March 9 and Tuesday March 16
7:00 – 8:30 pm (Toronto time)
Professor: Dr Murray Watson
We will spend some time exploring a few interactions that have often been forgotten, but which can perhaps provide precedents and models for the deepening Jewish-Christian relationship today.
“SELECTED SHORTS” FROM THE TANAKH/JEWISH BIBLE
Thursday April 8 – Thursday May 13
(6 weekly sessions)
7:30 – 9:00 pm (Toronto time)
Professor: Sue Oren
During six of our sessions we will read and discuss one of these gems from the Tanakh: Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Jonah, Ecclesiastes and Esther. We will discuss each text from multiple perspectives: its thematic and literary merits, classical and contemporary midrash, its liturgical placement in the Jewish calendar year, and, of course, our own personal responses.
WHISPERING VOICES MADE AUDIBLE: READING MINOR CHARACTERS OF THE BIBLE
May 10 – 14 and May 17 – 21
1½-hour sessions – times to be determined
Professor: Dr Gina Hens-Piazza
This course turns attention to the “Supporting Cast” (servants, labourers, merchants, virgin daughters, etc) in the biblical narrative. It offers a more inclusive approach to reading our sacred texts that resists the caste system embedded in the narrative and its relationship to the caste system in our world.