November 16, 2014
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THE CHARGE: Attempted Murder and Child Endangerment
Abraham’s binding of Isaac is one of the central events in biblical heritage. It describes a patriarch’s actions to serve God by his willingness to sacrifice his son.
How do we, with our Western mindset, reconcile this act? Should Abraham be praised for his commitment to God? Criticized for his blind faith? Consoled for the emotional distress brought to his wife, his son and himself?
Join us for a unique event that brings together biblical scholarship and courtroom drama as we explore Abraham’s role in the “sacrifice” of Isaac. Is he guilty of child endangerment and attempted murder, or innocent by way of divine reason?
The trial begins with a text study of the binding of Isaac with David S. Sperling, Rabbi, Ph.D.. You will then enter the “courtroom” where Eliot Spitzer and Alan Dershowitz will serve, respectively, as prosecutor and defense attorney. The “trial” will be presided over by the Honorable Alison J. Nathan, United States District Court. And then, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you will cast your votes.
Following lunch, we will reconvene for the verdict announcement and an in-depth discussion with Alan Dershowitz, author of The Genesis of Justice: Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice that Led to the Ten Commandments and Modern Morality and Law and Taking the Stand: My Life in the Law.
Please Note: General admission seating is unreserved for this event. We recommended you arrive early to select your seat.
Tickets are non-refundable.