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THE JOSHUA O. HABERMAN DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR SERIES
How Jews and Christians Read Text Differently... and Why It Matters
with Professor Amy-Jill Levine
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences
Although Jews and Christians share common books – the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Old Testament – we read our shared stories in distinct ways. The variations in translation, punctuation, definitions, theology, emphasis, and even canonical order all lead to differences in community self-definition. What prompts these differences, and what do they suggest about Jewish and Christian priorities and relations? Join one of the most dynamic and in-demand scholars in grappling with these crucial issues.
Tuesday, November 27
* This is an evening lecture - final time to be announced.
At and co-sponsored by Temple Beth Ami
14330 Travilah Rd., Rockville, MD 20850
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge University. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (with Warren Carter), and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of Controversial Rabbi, and The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III). With Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, she co-authored the children’s books Who Counts? 100 Sheep, Ten Coins, and Two Sons and The Marvelous Mustard Seed. With Marc Z. Brettler, she co-edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament.
Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College, Professor Levine is a self-described Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches New Testament in Nashville, Tennessee, the buckle of the Bible Belt.
Professor Levine comes to us through the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program.
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