Lifelong Learning Academy Presents
“The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam”
March 27 § 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.§ USF Sarasota-Manatee
This stimulating workshop, presented by archaeologist and historian Steven Derfler, Ph.D, explores the bases of these faiths, offering a new understanding about how humans demonstrate what it means to be religious.
(Sarasota-Manatee, Florida) Lifelong Learning Academy (LLA) presents renowned archaeologist, historian, and international consultant Dr. Steven Derfler in “The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” Friday, March 27, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., in Selby Auditorium on the campus of the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Tickets are $75 (includes box lunch and afternoon snack). Space is limited. To register, call 941-359-4296 or visit www.lla-sm.org.
Judaism, Christianity and Islam have sacred texts, dogmas, rituals and symbols that are often starkly different from one another, yet share a common heritage. In “The Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” noted archaeologist and historian Steven Derfler explores the bases of these faiths, offering a new understanding about how humans demonstrate what it means to be religious.
“Family relationships can be contentious and, as half brothers and sisters, Jews, Christians, and Muslims have experienced the same growing pains as all families,” says Derfler. “In this workshop we will show not only the disputations, but also the dialogs that link all three together.”
Derfler is an archaeologist, historian, and international consultant. He has spent more than 35 years uncovering the histories of ancient civilizations and tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and eastern Mediterranean counties. He is also the author of two books, “An Unexpected Caliph” and “Israel’s Pharaoh.”
Lifelong Learning Academy offers four course terms per year on the USFSM campus, at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Most courses last six to eight weeks and classes meet for one hour and 20 minutes each week. This workshop is another component of LLA course offerings, but in a day-long format. For more information about the Lifelong Learning Academy, call 941-359-4296 or visit www.lla-sm.org.