This curriculum attempts to tell, through the study of the biblical text, one of the central stories of our collective past and one which has helped shape our identity as a people. “Israel: Dramas of The People and the Land” traces the relationship between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel from the time the Land was first promised to our forefather Abraham until the time of our exile from it, a period of roughly 1,200 years.
The curriculum will try to explain the critical importance of the Land to the fulfillment of our goals as a People, the obstacles that stood in the way to our entry into the Land, the difficulties and challenges we faced as a People in our Land, and the ways in which we dealt with exile from the Land where we had developed and established our religious and national identities.
The curriculum consists of 9 Core Lessons which can be browsed below.
- Lesson 1: The Connection?
- Lesson 2: Was the Land Ready for the People?
- Lesson 3: Were the People Ready for the Land?
- Lesson 4: Would ALL the People Enter the Land?
- Lesson 5: Were they a United People?
- Lesson 6: Could they be Reunited as a People After they had been Divided?
- Lesson 7: Should Religious Worship be Confined to a Religious Center?
- Lesson 8: Would Sovereignty in the Land Ensure their Distinctiveness as a People?
- Lesson 9: How would they Survive?
Makom is offering 2 Additional Lessons here, which were written by the same author which address the relationship between the Jewish People to their land in the post-First Temple period of Jewish history.