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Let history take its course

Course will examine the archaeological record of biblical times

— Some scholars describe archaeological evidence, like stones, bones and artifacts made by people, as “mute,” Stark-Reimer said, because they don’t “speak.” He said if you know how to “read’ these artifacts, “in a way, they speak just like texts speak.”

Stark-Reimer said he won’t be bringing in any actual artifacts but will show them in a PowerPoint presentation to his students.

As a course that follows the development of culture and religion over thousands of years, Stark-Reimer said the class can reach many spectrums of religions and people.

“A course like this presents the background and history not only for Jews but for Christians as well and though to a somewhat lesser extent, Islam,” Stark-Reimer said. “I think it’s important for people today to know where they come from.”

Stark-Reimer has been teaching several courses part of a series at B’nai Sholom since 2007. The class size usually ranges from 20 to 30 adult students, mainly for continuing education or retirees.

“Archaeology and History of Ancient Israel” will be taught Monday mornings, beginning Monday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at B’nai Sholom, 420 Whitehall Road, Albany. The fee for the course is $60 ($40 for B’nai Sholom members), and registration is required. For more information, visit www.bnaisholom.albany.ny.us or contact the B’nai Sholom office at 482-5283 or office@bnaisholom.albany.ny.us.

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