Whatever Happened to Moses’s Family?

Date: Nov 17, 2020 - Nov 17, 2020

Time: 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Sponsor: Online Learning

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning


JTS scholars uncover the hidden context around biblical figures and important eras in Jewish history.

Whatever Happened to Moses’s Family?

Tuesday, November 17, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET

Why does the Bible seem uninterested in Moses’s line of descent? There are a few marginal references to his descendants among the Levites, and even a priestly line traceable to his son Gershom, but no one nowadays claims descent from him, in contrast to his brother Aaron, forebear of the priestly family until today. In this class we will discuss both traditional and critical answers to the question, focusing on the peculiar stories about Moses and his family in the book of Exodus.  

With Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies, JTS.


This session is part of ScholarStream, a program offered in partnership with the Rabbinical Assembly and the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. ScholarStream gives communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions.

Congregations can co-sponsor this series, offering congregants access to all sessions for free. Learn more on the Rabbinical Assembly website.  

Individuals can register at a cost of $25 for all four sessions. 

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All sessions will be recorded and will be available to registered participants.