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Fuchs to host weekly classes on ‘What’s in It for Me’

By Staff | Jan 24, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Rabbi Dr. Stephen Lewis Fuchs with “What's in It for Me: Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives.”

Rabbi Dr. Stephen Fuchs will present classes offering an in-depth study of one of his books, “What’s in It for Me: Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives” on Thursdays from Feb. 6 through March 26.

Open to the community, the sessions will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall at Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Participants are asked to read the relevant chapter of the book before each class, based on the outline Fuchs will provide, and bring questions and comments. The classes will follow a seminar format.

“The world is rapidly dividing between those who take biblical narratives as the literal word of God – claiming that they are historically and scientifically true – and those who dismiss those narratives as quaint or even foolish fairy tales,” according to Fuchs.

In his book, Fuchs invites readers to discover a middle ground that takes biblical narratives seriously without regard to their historical or scientific truth.

“The ‘truth’ of these stories has nothing to do with, ‘Did this really happen?’ Their truth emerges in the valuable lessons these stories can teach all of us,” he said. “As we walk the rich middle ground of biblical narrative, we shall keep one question constantly in mind: Where am I in the text? In other words, what do these stories teach me that can help me to be a more self aware, caring and compassionate human being?”

“What’s in It for Me” is available from Amazon in a paperback or Kindle edition; some copies will be available from the Fuchs directly.

For more information, contact Ellen Feingold at ellenfeingold@gmail.com or 302-345-7187.