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Valley Beit Midrash: Inside the Mind of God: Plato, Christians, and Jews

Thursday, April 27, 2023 6 Iyar 5783

2:00 PM - 3:00 PMVirtual


Description: Ancient Jewish and Christian admirers of Plato struggled to reconcile the philosopher’s concept of creation with Genesis 1. This class explores how the Jewish philosopher, Philo, the Christian Gospel of John, and the midrash, Genesis Rabbah, understand creation in nearly identical ways. Guaranteed: You’ll never read Genesis 1:1 the same way again!


Rabbi Joshua Garroway is the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles. Raised in Rochester, New York, Rabbi Garroway earned a BA in Religion from Duke University in 1998, rabbinical ordination from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003, and a PhD in New Testament Studies from the Religious Studies department of Yale University in 2008. While his academic books and articles focus on the origins of Christianity, and specifically the life and writings of Paul, his teaching and popular writing deal with Jewish texts and history more broadly. Professor Garroway lectures widely in synagogues, churches, and other public venues. He is also engaged in several interfaith ventures, including the Los Angeles area InterSem program and the Jewish-LDS Academic Dialogue. Rabbi Garroway currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Professor Kristine Henriksen Garroway, and their three t(w)eenage boys. For fun, he enjoys chess, tennis, opera, period pieces, and taking his kids to Dodgers games.

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