(Far From) All About Eve

By :  Alan Cooper Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies Posted On Jun 20, 2022 / 5782 | Monday Webinar Stories and Storytelling

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Part of the series, “Stories and Storytelling”

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

Biblical storytellers are notorious for withholding crucial information about characters’ backgrounds, thoughts, feelings, and motivations. The story of Eve in Genesis is an extraordinary case in point. There are yawning gaps in the narrative, and the diverse ways that readers fill those gaps engender remarkably divergent interpretations. What do we learn about biblical storytelling when we confront a text that can be interpreted in diametrically opposite ways? And what do we learn about ourselves from the interpretive decisions that we make? 



Join JTS scholars to explore a selection of stories drawn from across ancient, rabbinic, medieval, and modern Jewish literature. We will consider the power of shared stories, the unique ways in which they transmit values, norms, culture, and information, and how they can bring Jews together across time and space.  


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