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Ancient Mysteries of the Hebrew Bible

Date: 10/10/2011

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $160


This four-session evening short course is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


As a historical, geographical, and spiritual guide, the Hebrew Bible is one of the greatest works produced by the human experience. Yet, during the transition from oral tradition to written text, some aspects of the Biblical accounts may not have been represented completely accurately. Prior to the creation of the Monarch of Israel, there were many "enigmas wrapped in a mystery." For example, was there truly a Garden of Eden, and if so, wherewas it located? Was the era of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs rooted in historic reality, and if so, when exactly did these eras take place. What about Joseph and his amazing technicolor "dreamcoat," how accurate are the accounts? During this course you will delve into these mysteries and many others through lecture, discussion, slide show, and video excerpts. This course will be based in understanding how the literary and archaeological records of the ancient Near East may help to explain some of the enigmas that have confronted scholars for millennia.

This course is the first in a yearlong series on Ancient Mysteries of the Bible. The spring offeringwill focus on additional aspects of the Hebrew Bible. Participation in the entire series is not required.

Instructor Steven Derfler, Ph.D., classical archaeology, University of Minnesota, is executive director of Educational Resources, Inc., a nonprofit educational consulting and curriculum design agency, and professor at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. He has co-directed archaeological excavations in Israel, and has led travel/study programs to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.


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  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

More information: http://z.umn.edu/47t

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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