Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lesson Five: The Great Flood

I hope you enjoyed the fourth lesson of Biblical Reflections: Finding Yourself in the Book of Genesis, in which we looked at the story of Cain and Abel.

This week, we will focus on a wealthy, technologically sophisticated society that was so evil that it had to be washed away. Our class will explore the connection between such advancement, on one hand, and such social corruption on the other. Why are societies destroyed, and how can they be rehabilitated?

We will also take a moment to consider the rainbow, G-d’s promise that he will never destroy the entire world by flood again. What might has caused G-d to make this promise? What has changed? Is the world any different today than it once was? We will compare and contrast the nature of the world before and after the flood.

We will also consider ways of guarding against the evils that are sometimes bred by material excess, a topic especially relevant to these times.

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