Murder in the Torah: Cain and Others Stand Trial Wednesdays, January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 2017 (4 sessions) 10:00-11:30 a.m. Instructor: Noah Hadas Fee: $36.00 Members; $50.00 Non-Members
There are three alleged murders recorded in the Torah.
The most famous of them all is Cain’s killing of his brother Abel in a jealous rage when God favors Abel’s sacrificial offering over his own. When God asks Cain where his brother is, Cain responds “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Simeon and Levi, two of Jacob’s sons, murder all the men of Shechem in a gruesome act of revenge for the alleged rape of their sister, Dinah, and carry off all the women and children, goods and livestock as spoil. “Should our sister be treated as a whore?”
And, finally, Moses, who, as a young man, is outraged at seeing an Egyptian overseer beating a Jewish slave and kills him. The next day, Moses tries to make peace between two Hebrews who are fighting, when one of them says, “Do you mean to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?”
Join us as we sit as a jury and examine each of these cases on their merits. We will weigh the evidence as presented in the texts by the “prosecutor” and consider the rebuttals offered by the “defense attorney.” In the end, we will render a verdict in each case.