Gods and Monsters With Ryan S Higgins

  • April 11, 2021
  • April 25, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • April 11, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • April 18, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • April 25, 2021, 1:30 PM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom

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  • Gods and Monsters With Ryan S Higgins
    Three sessions, Sundays 1:30-3:00pm
    April 11, 18, 25.
    $36

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Gods and Monsters

co-sponsored with Hineni

With Ryan S Higgins

Three sessions, Sundays 1:30-3:00pm

April 11, 18, 25.

$36


From sacred scripture to sci-fi and fantasy, from folktales to Frankenstein, humans have always had monsters on the mind. But what makes a monster? And why do we love and hate them? This workshop gets up close and personal with the hideous and horrifying monsters of ancient Israel and its neighbors. We’ll discuss what separates gods from monsters, what makes them so scary, and why we depend on them to keep the world turning. We’ll also see how Israel interprets these ideas, how monotheism makes problems for monsters, and how God manages a love-hate relationship with the Bible’s most famous monster, the sea serpent Leviathan.  


Ryan S. Higgins is a PhD candidate in Hebrew Bible and Its Interpretation at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He has taught at JTS, Columbia University, and Luther Seminary. His most recent articles are published in Interpretation and the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. Ryan lives in St. Paul with his wife, Anna, and their brand new baby, Abigail.


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