Read­ing group will ex­plore ‘Je­sus and His Jewish In­flu­ences’

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

KINGSTON » The Clas­sics in Re­li­gion Read­ing Pro­gram will de­vote its Novem­ber and De­cem­ber pro­grams to “Je­sus and His Jewish In­flu­ences.” with Pro­fes­sor Jodi Mag­ness. The group will meet Wed­nes­days on Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m. in the Com­mu­nity Room of Kingston Li­brary, 55 Franklin St. It will meet at the same time and place Wed­nes­days on Dec. 7, 14 and 21. A pro­fes­sor, Mag­ness is the Ke­nan Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor for Teach­ing Ex­cel­lence in Early Ju­daism at the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An ac­com­plil­shed arche­ol­o­gist, she is pop­u­larly known for ap­pear­ing on the Na­tional Ge­o­graphic se­ries “The Story of God,” with Mor­gan Free­man. On the five Wed­nes­days of Novem­ber and the first three in De­cem­ber, the read­ing group will hear and dis­cuss a se­ries of recorded lec­tures on Ju­daism in the time of Je­sus and the roots of his ac­tions and teach­ings within the tra­di­tions and be­liefs of what is known as the pe­riod of “early Ju­daism” (prior to Rome’s de­struc­tion of the Temple from 70 to 130 AD). Bob Co­hen, can­tor at Con­gre­ga­tion Emanuel of the Hud­son Val­ley and chair of the Ulster County Re­li­gious Coun­cil, will lead the se­ries. The group meets for one hour a week. A lo­cal re­li­gious leader makes se­lec­tions for read­ing aloud and dis­cus­sion. Li­brary re­sources, in­ex­pen­sive edi­tions or copies are dis­trib­uted for par­tic­i­pants. No ad­vanced read­ing is re­quired. The pub­lic is in­vited to any of th­ese ses­sions and the li­brary is to­tally ac­ces­si­ble.

Con­tact Ahlstrom by call­ing (845) 334-8404 or by send­ing an email to for more in­for­ma­tion.

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