Coe Thursday Forum explores Jerusalem Temple

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2008-09-18 14:45:32 - General

Coe College's Thursday Forum lecture series for adult learners focuses on the Jerusalem Temple in October.

Assistant Professor of Religion Chris Seeman presents "Remembering the Temple" on Oct. 2, 9, 16 and 23. Surveying more than 1,600 years of history, Seeman will explore how events in and around the Jerusalem Temple have contributed to the formulation of central Abrahamic doctrines: the oneness of God, resurrection and final judgment, the value of martyrdom, the legitimacy of defensive warfare, and messianic expectation.

The first lecture examines the interrelationship of monotheism and Temple worship in ancient Israel, and reveals how national catastrophe and restoration reinforced this connection. Lecture two follows the fortunes of the Temple through the first half of the Hellenistic age, giving special attention to the Antiochene persecution and Maccabean revolt.

The third lecture locates the roots of messianism in Jewish criticism of Hasmonean and Herodian control over the Temple and its high priesthood. The series concludes by recounting the afterlife of a sacred site, from the Roman destruction of the Temple in 70 to the erection of the Dome of the Rock in 691.

The lectures are held in Kesler Lecture Hall in Hickok Hall on the Coe campus. Each session begins at 9:15 a.m. and lasts until about 11:30 a.m. The course is open to all adults and registration is on-site. The cost of the four-part series is $30, or $10 per week.

For more information, call (319) 399-8561.

Thursday Forum schedule:

  • "Remembering the Temple" - Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23
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  • "Memoir of the Middle East" - Dec. 4, 11
  • "Between Town Hall & Cathedral: The Rise of Siena and Florence" - Jan. 8, 15
  • "The World of the Harp" - Jan. 22, 29
  • "The Catalan Case: Past, Present and Future of a Nation Without a State" - Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • "The Photographic Truth" - March 5, 19, 26 and April 2
  • "Four Musicals that Have Helped 'Save' Broadway" - April 9, 16, 23, 30