Tales of Power and Passion: King David Then and Now

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

“Tales Of Power and Passion: King David Then and Now” is a stimulating and provocative evening with Jonathan Kirsch (The Jewish Journal), Rabbi David Wolpe (Sinai Temple), and Dr. Jacob L. Wright (Emory University), acclaimed authors of new books on King David. Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Ph.D., Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR, will be moderator of the conversation. The evening is sponsored by HUC-JIR, in partnership with Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, Sinai Temple, and The Jewish Journal, and will take place on Sunday, December 7 at 7:30 pm at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (8844 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90211).

Why David? Why does David inspire – then and now - the noblest aspiration, even though the Bible charges David with murder, adultery, and crass manipulations? Why does King David continue to stir the imagination of both poets and politicians? And how does the encounter with this historical figure equip us to confront and grapple with the challenges of our time?

As Jonathan Kirsch observes in King David: The Real Life of the Man Who Ruled Israel (Ballantine Books), David possessed countless mortal failings, yet men and women adored him and God bestowed more blessings on him than on Abraham or Moses. 

Rabbi David Wolpe shows in his David: The Divided Heart (Yale University Press) how both despite and because of his flaws, a beloved David nevertheless champions “the integrity of the divided heart” that can and does become a source of healing. 

Dr. Jacob J. Wright investigates in David, King of Israel and Caleb in Biblical Memory (Cambridge University Press), how biblical memories of David created and shaped a national identity that continues to sustain a unique type of Jewish peoplehood. 

The event is free but reservations are required. To RSVP, please visit http://kingdavid.bpt.me or call 213-749-3424, ext 4254.

Jonathan Kirsch is, among his many other professional accomplishments, a best-selling and prolific author. His numerous publications shed fresh light on the Bible with books about famous (his book Moses: A Life) and infamous biblical stories (his book The Harlot by the Roadside). He is the Book Editor of The Jewish Journal, the largest Jewish newspaper outside NYC. 



Rabbi David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple. He is recognized as one of the most influential rabbis in America and listed among the 100 most influential Jews in the world. He has appeared on the Today Show, Face the Nation, ABC and CBS networks,featured onPBS, A & E, and the History Channel, and is a best-selling author (see, e.g., his Why Faith Matters). 




Dr. Jacob L. Wright is Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible at Emory University. He is an award-winning scholar and teacher (The Templeton Prize and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship), and a public intellectual whose recent Coursera course, “The Bible: Its Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future,” drew over 26,000 students from around the world.





Rabbi Dr. Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is Professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. She received the National Jewish Book of the Year Award (with Andrea L. Weiss) for The Torah: A Women’s Commentary in 2008. She also received the National Jewish Book Council Award for her commentary on the Book of Ruth (JPS, 2012).








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