WILLIAMSTOWN -- The First Congregational Church's "Second Hour @ the Meetinghouse" program has announced a two-part series on the Biblical figure of Abraham beginning Sunday.
Edan Dekel, associate professor of Classics and Judaic studies at Williams College, will explore the themes of "God's Covenant with Abraham" and "The Sacrifice of Isaac." These programs follow up on an earlier series in which Dekel discussed the basic stories of Genesis surrounding the creation of the world, the garden of Eden and the so-called "Fall" of humankind.
The upcoming programs will take place on Sundays, Feb. 24 and March 3, at 11:15 a.m. Attendees are welcome to join the conversation, with coffee, tea and other refreshments served at 11 a.m. The programs will see Dekel explore the meaning of these Abrahamic texts in conversation with Charles W. Fox, who holds a doctorate in philosophy of religion.
According to a press release for the series, the story of Abraham's covenant with God unfolds from a call to depart from the distant land of Babylon and journey to the land of Canaan. Without himself ever receiving the outcome of the divine promises, Abraham's "faith" leads him on repeated journeys that test his confidence in God, including God's dramatic request for Abraham to sacrifice his own son.
Dekel received his undergraduate degree from Brown University, magna cum laude, with a double major in classics and philosophy. He subsequently completed a Ph.D. in Classics at the University of California, Berkeley, after which he came to teach at Williams College. Dekel teaches a variety of courses that range from familiar texts of the Greek and Roman classics to the world of the Hebrew scriptures.