Rabbi Hyman and Bishop Johnson to Teach “Genesis Primeval” at CBMM


Rabbi Peter E. Hyman and Bishop Joel Marcus Johnson will offer the course, “Genesis Primeval: The Real Story Behind the Story,” in the Spring Term of The Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The course meets Wednesdays, April 23, April 30, May 7, and May 14, all from 10:30 to Noon, in the Van Lennep Auditorium in the Steamship Gallery.

The course is an introduction to Genesis 1-11, including the two creation narratives, Eden and the fall, the two flood accounts, and the Tower of Babel.
“This is an exciting course in literature and history,” Bishop Joel said, “of texts which we too often read with our eyes shut, written during the Israelites’ Babylonian Captivity, in a spiritual dialogue with the predecessor texts of the ancient Mesopotamians.”

“These texts,” Rabbi Hyman added, “were written as a bold theological statement, setting the emerging Israelite people apart from the other cultures of their time.”
Students should bring a Bible. Study guides will be provided by e-mail. No other textbooks are required, although Understanding Genesis by Nahum M. Sarna is recommended, and is easily available from online booksellers.

A few good seats remain for the course. The tuition fee is $30, $50 for couples. Register today. Contact Helen Van Fleet, Registrar, at 410-745-4941. You may also download an enrollment form through ALL’s website at http://cbmm.org/l_academy.htm. Parking is free.

Rabbi Hyman is spiritual leader of Temple B’nai Israel, Easton, and Bishop Joel is leader of the Anglican Diocese of The Chesapeake. This is their 10th teaching event as a team. They have partnered previously at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, and in their own luncheon seminar series at Easton’s Ristorante Scossa and The Inn at 202 Dover.

The Academy for Lifelong Learning is an academic cooperative that offers courses, group discussions, presentations, field trips, and social events conceived and conducted by the members. The programs encompass ecology, literature, history, religion, science, current events, photography, philosophy, gardening, and more.  Courses are held on the Museum campus and at nearby locations.

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