Dr. Beatrice Lawrence Addresses Issues of Prophecy at Annual Shabbaton in Southern California

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Dr. Beatrice W. Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Bible at HUC-JIR, was the keynote speaker at the Annual Shabbaton of Congregation B'nai Tzedek in Fountain Valley, CA.  This year’s topic was “Prophecy” and Dr. Lawrence provided a look at the biblical prophets, how they communicated with God, what their lives were like, and the variety of tasks they performed.

Sessions included “Who Was a Prophet?,” “Madmen, Oracles, & Ecstatics: The Former Prophets,”  “Luncheon with the Scholar,” and “The Classical Prophets: The Power of the Word.”

Dr. Lawrence received her B.A. in Religion from Carleton College and her M.A. in Jewish Studies from Emory University. She recently completed a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and Jewish Hermeneutics from Emory with a dissertation titled “Jethro and Jewish Identity: Identity-Negotiation in Jewish Biblical Interpretation.” Her interests in biblical interpretation include gender, myth, and the role of non-Israelites in the development of Israelite consciousness and religion. 


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