Ehiyeh Asher Ehiyeh: I AM...or Am I?

  • March 01, 2021
  • March 15, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • March 01, 2021, 6:30 PM 8:00 PM (CST)
  • March 08, 2021, 6:30 PM 8:00 PM (CST)
  • March 15, 2021, 6:30 PM 8:00 PM (CDT)
  • Zoom

Registration

  • Three sessions, Mondays 6:30-8:00pm
    March 1, 8, and 15
    $36

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Ehiyeh Asher Ehiyeh: I AM...or Am I?

co-sponsored with Hineni

With Ryan S Higgins

Three sessions, Mondays 6:30-8:00pm

March 1, 8, and 15

$36 Register here


The Torah is a collection of texts about origins: who we are, where we came from, and where we’re going. Even God’s identity is explored, identifying God’s own name to Moses as “Ehiyeh Asher Ehiyeh  - I will be what I will be.” Many of us look to scripture for answers to questions of identity, but the truth is that identity in the Torah is always changing! From Adam to Abraham to every Israelite, this workshop looks at the transformation of identity in the Torah. We’ll look at how names, bodies, roles, and groups change, who gets to make these changes, and whether or not the biblical writers think change is a good thing. We’ll ask how identity change in the Torah relates to our own attitudes toward religion and gender, and whether God’s identity can change like ours.

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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