Friday, March 24, 2006


On March 29, Mary Rosner will begin our reading of Exodus. The first 20 chapters are filled with narrative action. What is the essential story here? How does it follow, if it does, from Genesis? How does it relate to the institution of the Law which takes place at the exact center of Exodus?

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Socrates in the seaport

The Republic begins during a festival at Piraeus in honor of Bendis, a goddess recently imported to Athens from Thrace. The settings of Platonic dialogues often make oblique comments upon their subjects. What does this one suggest?