Rabbi Barry Chesler: Return of the King(s): Melachim Alef, First Book of Kings

This book of the Bible has intrigue, sex, murder, and conspiracy, and yet there is a divine spark running through the entire narrative that inevitably brings order to chaos. We will examine and study the chaos—specifically, the nature of power as a corrupting influence on decent people—and we will try to examine how God mitigates this influence through his relationship with the prophets, kings, and servants, and through Jewish law. We will compare and contrast modern governments with theocracy and we will discover how and why civil war erupts. An understanding of basic Hebrew will be a plus.

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