In this course, we will travel back to Homer’s Greece to explore three themes that appear in both the Hebrew Bible and Homeric Greek thought: creation, covenant, and sacrifice. We will explore selections from seminal texts—including the Book of Genesis and the Psalms, the Iliad and the Odyssey—to discover whether creation is considered “good” in these two traditions and what that means for human beings. We’ll also examine the relationship between God and man implied in the idea of a “covenantal” relationship, and reflect upon the meaning of sacrifice offered by man to God. Looking at our own lives, we shall ask: in what ways is self-sacrifice an ideal?
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Meet the Instructor
Seminars are taught by Tikvah faculty and experts in the subject matter. Please note that course faculty are subject to change depending on availability.
The Tikvah Fund
Dr. Harry Ballan is Senior Director at the Tikvah Fund and Senior Counsel at a leading international law firm, where he has practiced for approximately 30 years. Harry holds a BA, MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University and a JD from Columbia Law School, and he clerked for Judge Wilfred Feinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Dr. Ballan has delivered presentations, papers, and classes on subjects in both law and neuroscience, is Chairman of the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (co-founded by Oliver Sachs), has been an adjunct professor at numerous universities, and served as Dean of Touro Law Center from 2016 to 2019.
Dr. Ballan can be reached at email@example.com.