Preview of Oct 26, Week 5

I’m delighted that Prof. Shaye Cohen will be joining us for the first hour on Monday.  I’ve asked him to respond to a few questions which are raised by our material but there will be an opportunity to ask your own questions.  (Please respect the very limited amount of time available and ask only questions raised by our readings.)

During the second hour, I’ll encourage you to provide feedback on the experience of being in the study group so that I can make adjustments.  The very best way to offer feedback is to comment on the latest post (right now that would be this one), by clicking on the title and scrolling down the resulting page).  This will give other SGMs a chance to consider your opinion and respond to it, and me a chance to respond.  Perhaps a dialogue may even ensue!

Because we’re not on iSites, we can’t use the standard feedback tool; therefore, if you don’t want your feedback to be available to others, just email it to me (or telephone me for that matter!).  I’m always grateful to know how you feel things are going and to have suggestions for improvement.

I will take a few minutes to ask everyone to say which reading assignment was the least helpful, and which assignment they benefited from (or enjoyed) the most.

We then move on to consider Kaufmann’s insights into the difference between polytheism and monotheism.  We’ll finish by looking at Job and its important role in our narrative.

3 thoughts on “Preview of Oct 26, Week 5

  1. Course is going very well! I’m very impressed with knowledge of fellow SGM’s, and I think that SGL’s level of detail is about right.

  2. You asked for suggestions on ways to enhance our learning in future sessions. (Maybe you phrased this differently, but, as you know, my hearing is seriously impaired.)

    First, in the standard Q&A learning approach, the way a question is phrased can facilitate the learning process. And the phrasing also reveals the questioner’s own take on the topic under consideration.

    So instead of your question about the Book of Job:

    “The prose envelope contains one answer (by implication) to the question of why righteous people suffer while the poetic central portion offers another from the mouth of God. Can you produce a one-sentence version of each answer?”

    you could have given your own answer to the question and asked the SGMs for their views (with encouragement of alternative understandings).

    Second, along the same lines, it would help to know what you want us to take away from a particular session. What are the overall learning objectives for the session? Why these readings?

    And you could spend the final five minutes of each two-hour session summarizing the lessons learned.

    You have put a great deal of thought and work into the course and I look forward to the remaining sessions. My comments are not on your selection of topics but, instead, on alternative ways to explore them.

    • Bob: Many thanks for your comments! I didn’t provide my answers to the question addressed by Job so that you could have the challenge of coming up with your own unimpeded by my opinion. I’m not reluctant: you can see my answers in the wrap-up.
      I agree that it would be useful to say up-front what the place of each class is in the overall narrative; I’ll try to do that in the Preview posts. (I doubt that I could normally say anything useful about “why these readings.” If the why is really obscure, by all means ask me during class.)
      I think that summarizing may have value but I don’t think it should come from me. Perhaps we should solicit volunteers. Do I see your hand up?

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