Friday, February 19, 2016

Lectures on Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in New Jersey

OLD TESTAMENT APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA WATCH: Rabbi talks end times in Whippany (Hanover Eagle).
HANOVER TWP. - Rabbi David Nesson, now in his 27th year as spiritual leader of Morristown Jewish Center–Beit Yisrael, will lead a three-part series titled "Between Heaven and Earth: A Journey Through the Books of the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha, the Stories of the Beginning and the End of Time" from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 7 and 14, and Tuesday, March 22, at the Morris County Library, 30 E. Hanover Ave., in Whippany.


Rabbi Nesson noted, "In our previous sessions on 'Mysticism' and on 'Books of the Bible No One Reads,' we touched upon these two collections of books. In this series, we will take a more in-depth look at some of these books, including Enoch and The Life of Adam and Eve."

The rabbi's series will also examine the lives of two women who saved the Jewish people-Judith and Esther. Their courage is chronicled in the books of Judith and Additions to the Book of Esther. Participants will also learn about one of the most enigmatic personalities in the bible, Daniel. Two books focus on Daniel's mystical powers: Suzanna and The Song of the Three Children.

Finally, Rabbi Nesson noted, "We will delve into what the Jewish community was experiencing, apocalyptically and eschatologically, just before the destruction of the Second Temple, as noted inbook of 2 Edras. We will discuss the questions raised in these books as they relate to our lives and our world."

If you happen to be in the vicinity of Whippany, New Jersey, next month, this sounds worth attending.