KT 1.1 (Esther); 1.2 (Ruth); 1.3 (Eikha); 1.4 (Shir HaShirim); 1.5 (Qohelet)- Megilloth All five megilloth will be studied in depth with appropriate commentaries and within their historical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on extracting the message of each megillah for future generations, and understanding why it was chosen for inclusion amongst the books of Tanakh.
KT 2.1- Sefer TehillimChapters of Psalms will be studied in detail using a variety of commentaries (e.g., Rashi, Radak, and Malbim). Emphasis will be placed on understanding Tehillim within their historical context and as a tool for prayer, as well as developing text analysis skills.
KT 3.1- Dibrei HayamimThe final book of Tanakh summarizes history from Adam through the Babylonian exile. Students will compare this text to the other Biblical texts relating to the same events and personalities, with the aim of understanding why events and people are omitted or included.
KT 6.1/JP 6.1- Book of JobThe aim of this course is to study the Book of Job in order to better understand the age-old question, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” This will be done through a detailed analysis of Job’s trials and tribulations, as well as the words of “comfort” offered by his friends.