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Daniel C. Matt: Becoming Elijah: Prophet of Transformation (In Person Only)
September 11, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FREE program presented by our partners, the Jewish Community Library
In the Bible, Elijah is a zealous prophet, attacking idolatry and injustice, championing God. He defeats the prophets of Baal and performs miracles, restoring life and calling down fire. When his earthly life ends, he vanishes in a whirlwind, carried off to heaven in a fiery chariot. Was this a spectacular death, or did Elijah escape death entirely? The latter view prevailed in Jewish tradition. Though residing in heaven, Elijah revisits Earth—to help and rescue, to enlighten spiritual seekers, and ultimately herald the Messiah.
Tracing how Elijah develops from the Bible to Rabbinic Judaism, Kabbalah, and Jewish ritual, Daniel Matt will explore how a biblical zealot turned into a compassionate hero and source of wisdom—as well as a central figure in Jewish folklore. His transformation is a pertinent story for our polarized world.
Books will be available for purchase at this event.
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