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Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission


Gale Spring Lecture: "Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently"

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Calendar   Speaking Engagements
Location AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Date Thu, Feb 27, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Duration   1h 30m

Although Jews and Christians share common books—the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Old Testament—differences 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? Among the items to be discussed: the "virgin birth," the "suffering servant," creation and the Garden of Eden, the role of Torah, and the importance of canons within canons.

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Program in Jewish Studies. Her thirty books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; Short Stories by Jesus; The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; four children's books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and the Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler). In 2019, she became the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome's Pontifical Biblical Institute.

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