Bible Through Art

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Adam and Eve – The Sparks, Janet Shafner

©“ARTFUL ENCOUNTERS WITH THE HEBREW BIBLE” * is Marcie’s ongoing course.

Contact Marcie to arrange a presentation of one topic or many in which you will engage Biblical and Apocryphal texts by exploring historic and modern paintings, sculpture, tapestry, and photographic representations of personalities whose stories inform modern morality.    

PERSONALITIES IN THE TORAH, THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES

  • “A REACH NOT A FALL:  RECONSIDERING EVE, BIBLICAL MOTHER OF ALL”
  • “EXIT ONLY:  WHY ADAM AND EVE HAD TO LEAVE THE GARDEN OF EDEN—THANK GOD THEY DID!”
  • “YOU’RE SO OUTTA HERE:  EXAMINING THE EXPULSION FROM EDEN”
  • AN EXTRA-BIBLICAL EXTRA…“LILITH:  I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS LYING DOWN! (or WHO’S LYING?)”
  • “AN ARK AND AN ARC:  MRS. AND MR. NOAH”
  • “SARAH—STEADFAST, NOT SELFISH:  GUARDING GOD’S PROMISE OF AN ISRAELITE NATION”
  • “HOW A MAN WHO WOULD KILL HIS SON BECAME A HERO:  DEVELOPMENTAL ISSUES IN TEACHING ABRAHAM’S BINDING OF ISAAC”
  • “SALT OF THE EARTH:  LOT’S WIFE”
  • “THE DAUGHTERS OF LOT AND THE UNJUST SCORN THEY GOT”
  • “WAS ABRAHAM’S ‘TEST’ GOD’S BEST? — THEOLOGY OF THE THREAT OF DEATH”
  • “REBECCA:  A WILL AND A WAY AT THE WELL”
  • “LOVE AND LABORS OF STRUGGLING SISTERS: THE ART OF RACHEL AND LEAH”
  • “DINA:  THE TENT OF MEETING, AND A MEETING ABOUT THE RED TENT”
  • “TAMAR:  A VEILED THREAT”
  • “WHY MRS. POTIPHAR PLEADS, PRIES, AND LIES”
  • “SISTERHOOD THAT SAVED US ALL:  SHIPHRAH, PUAH, YOCHEVED, MIRIAM, AND BITHIA-THE ORIGINAL CHILD  ADVOCATES”
  • “POTS, PANS, PLOTZ AND PLANS:  RETURNING BIBLICAL WOMEN TO THE PASSOVER HAGGADAH”
  • “WHO KNOWS FORE?  FOREMOTHERS, FOREFATHERS, SLAVERY AND FREEDOM”
  • “A ZIP AND A TUCK:  CIRCUMCISION BY ZIPPORAH”
  • “SEEING MIRIAM AFTER THE SEA”
  • “THE ART OF LITIGATION:  HISTORY’S FIRST TRIAL LAWYERS–THE DAUGHTERS OF ZELOPECHAD”

PERONALITIES IN THE PROPHETS

  • “BEHOLDING GOD’S DESIRES THROUGH HUMAN CHOICES:  HANNAH’S SILENCE AND SPEECH AS THE HEART OF HEROISM”
  • “THE ORIGINAL PRETTY WOMAN:  RAHAV AND THE SPIES IN JERICHO”
  • “JUDGING WOMAN: AN ARTISTIC STUDY OF DEBORAH”
  • “SQUARE PEG IN A ROUND HEAD:  YAEL AND HER TENT”
  • “AN INCENDIARY STORY: HOW JEPHTHAH KILLED HIS DAUGHTER AND BECAME A HERO”
  • “SHE HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE:  FORBIDDEN FRUIT FOR THE WIFE OF MANOAH, MOTHER OF SAMSON”
  • ”DELILAH EYED—SAMSON DIED”
  • “WOMAN IN A GILDED CAGE:  THE RAPE OF TAMAR”
  • “SHE JUST THREW HER MARRIAGE OUT THE WINDOW:  MICHAL AND KING DAVID”
  • “IT JUST TORE HER APART: THE RAPED CONCUBINE OF GIBEAH”

PERSONALITIES IN THE WRITINGS

  • “INVOKING AND CLARIFYING THE WITCH OF ENDOR”
  • “BAHSHEBA’S BATH:  THE NAKED TRUTH”
  • “WOMAN IN A GILDED CAGE: THE RAPE OF TAMAR”
  • “HORRIFIED BY HALF:  THE MOTHERS FACE KING SOLOMON”
  • “CANNIBAL WOMEN OF JERUSALEM: THE HUNGER AND DESPAIR OF WAR”
  • “AVISHAG:  THE CHILL OF WARMTH”
  • “BED AND BATH:  AVISHAG, BATHSHEBA AND THE NAKED TRUTH”
  • “HULDA THE HEROINE: IN THE HANDS OF WEASELS”
  • “TRUSTED THEN, IGNORED NOW:
  • “THE WISE WOMAN OF TEKOA AND THE CAPTIVE HEBREW WOMAN WHO SERVED NAAMAN’S WIFE”
  • “LESS IS MORE, MORE OR LESS:  THE WIDOW’S OIL”
  • “JEERING JEZEBEL”
  • “RABID DOGS AND WOMEN: UNDERSTANDING THE DEMISE OF QUEENS JEZEBEL AND ATHALIAH”
  • “QUERIES CONCERNING THE QUEEN OF SHEBA”
  • “TWICE VICTIMIZED:  THE RAPE AND REPUDIATION OF TAMAR IN KING DAVID’S COURT”
  • “RECONSIDERING AND RE-APPROPRIATING RESURRECTION:  EXAMINING ELIJAH AND ELISHA”
  • “RECONSIDERING RESURRECTION: EXAMINING ELIJAH AND ELISHA AND THE WOMEN WHO MOTIVATED THEM TO BRING DEAD CHILDREN BACK TO LIFE”
  • “RESURRECTING THE PROPHET’S INSPIRATION:  THE SHUMANITE WOMAN AND THE WIDOW OF TSARFAT”
  • “WHO’S WHO?  ELIJAH, ELISHA, THE WOMAN AND THE WIDOW”
  • “GOMER:  JUDAISM’S FIRST MODEL FOR FEMALE AS FICKLE AND FALLEN”
  • “A WOMAN OF VALOR:  WOULD YOU KNOW HER IF YOU SAW HER?”
  • “CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF SEXUALITY:  ART OF THE SONG OF SONGS”
  • “JONAH:  A WHALE OF A TALE AND THE TAIL OF A WHALE”
  • “THE BOOK OF RUTH:  ANTIDOTE FOR VENOMOUS PORTRAYALS OF MOTHER-DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIPS”
  • “PURIM: A STORY IN WHICH ESTHER OUTWITS EVIL”

BIBLICAL WOMEN

  • “SWEPT UNDER THE YESHIVA RUG:  DUSTING OFF HIDDEN BIBLICAL WOMEN”

APOCRYPHA 

  • “JUDITH:  A HEAD OF HER TIME”
  • “A MARTYRED MACCABEAN MOTHER MURDERED:  HANNAH AND HER SEVEN SONS CHOOSE HOW TO DIE”
  • “OH SUSANNA, OH WON’T YOU CRY FOR ME:  MODERN JEW’S REPUDIATION OF JUSTICE” OR “WE NEED DANIEL(S) NOW”
  • “WHEN OLDER IS DEFINITELY NOT BETTER:  SUSANNAH AND THE ELDERS”
  • “CATCHING [ON TO] THE “FAINTING PAINTINGS”: QUEEN ESTHER’S APOCRYPHAL REAPPEARANCE”
  • “TURNING A BLIND EYE—RETURNING A BLIND EYE:  EYEING THE APOCRYPHA THROUGH TOBIT AND TOBIAS’ TRAVELS”

JEWISH HOLIDAYS 

  • “HOLIDAYS OF THE BIBLE: EVOLVING CELEBRATIONS”
  • “THE HEBREW ROOT THAT LIGHTS CHANUKAH’S NIGHTS: DEDICATION AND EDUCATION”
  • “GOODNESS, GUILT, AND GLORY: HOW TO HARNESS HIGH HOLIDAY HEALING”
  • “THE TIME OF OUR REJOICING: LETTING SUKKOT SOOTHE OUR SPIRITS”

SPECIAL THEMES

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Marcie teaching biblical and Israeli art to artist members of
The Pomegranate Guild of Jewish Needlework, Phoenix chapter

  • “THE POMEGRANATE IN BIBLICAL AND ISRAELI ART”
  • “EMOTIONS AND EMOTIONAL STATES PORTRAYED IN THE ART OF JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM”

  • “CHAGALL’S USE OF THE CRUCIFIX”

  • “A CHANGE OF JEWISH HEARTS THROUGH CONNECTION TO JEWISH ARTS:

  • “STRUCTURING SPACES TO CREATE RELIGIOUS PLACES”
  • “BIBLICAL TREASURES AND BIBLICAL PLEASURES:  FAITH AND SIN THROUGH THE BRUSHES OF FOUR JEWISH PAINTERS”

*All titles above and all PowerPoint presentations ©2004-2015 Marcie Schoenberg Lee, M.S.W., M.A.