Taking a page out of David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin’s playbook, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will begin hosting a regular Bible study group in
his official residence for researchers, public officials and invited
Netanyahu announced the establishment of the study circle on
Friday at a ceremony marking 30 days since the passing of his father-in-law,
Shmuel Ben-Artzi. The study group will be named after Ben-Artzi, a noted poet
and Bible teacher.
Both Ben-Gurion and Begin, when they each served as
prime minister, hosted regular Bible study groups.
Netanyahu said he was
establishing the class to perpetuate love of the Bible.
Last Sunday, at a
ceremony in Sde Boker marking the 38th anniversary of Ben-Gurion’s death,
Netanyahu recalled the first premier’s Bible study class, saying that his
father-in-law used to attend.
“Ben-Gurion understood that the Book of
Books is our mandate for our country, as he said in that same unforgettable
statement before the Peel Commission in 1936,” Netanyahu said. “He viewed the
Bible as the wondrous story of the Jewish people, the unique spiritual, cultural
and historic heritage of our people, and also as one of the cornerstones of all
of human culture.”