The Liberty Bell, the symbol of the American ideal of freedom, is engraved with a Biblical verse. In this course, students will examine two unique Biblical norms – the Sabbatical and Jubilee years – and analyze the social and political values embedded in them.
The course can be modified for middle school, high school, and adult learners.
The words emblazoned on the American Liberty Bell are taken from the Bible: “Proclaim Liberty throughout the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” This verse relates to a unique Biblical injunction called the “Jubilee Year”, in which all agricultural activity ceases, all land is returned to its original owners, and all indentured servants must be set free. The Jubilee Year occurs every 50 years, and is related to the Sabbatical Year, which occurs every 7 years. In the Sabbatical Year, all agricultural activity ceases, all indentured servants have the right to go free, and all outstanding loans are cancelled. In this session, students will examine the theological foundations of these unique laws, and the social and political implications that made them a model for the founders of the United States to emulate.
Cost: $150 for a 1-time session. Please contact JETS to find out about discounts for multi session orders