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Jewish Ideas and the American Founding

Dates: June 14 | June 21 | June 28 | July 5
Time: Sun., 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Course Type: Seminar
Cost: $100

What are the ideas, texts, and stories that gave birth to the United States and the American spirit? The Declaration of Independence, the battles of Lexington and Concord, the exodus from the Old World and its tyrannies? In this course, we will explore a key aspect of the American story: the interplay between the Hebrew Bible and foundational values of American culture: community, liberty, and equality. Students will explore how Hebraic ideas influenced the American Founding, reading selections from the Hebrew Bible alongside Franklin, Jefferson, Washington, Hamilton, Madison, Tocqueville, and Lincoln.  

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