Lecture by Amy Jill Levine – MARCH 15 ~ 7:00 PM

DR. A. J. LEVINE
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies
Nashville, TN

An Orthodox Jew and professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Levine finds “a fear of scholarship” in many people of faith today. For her, a “faith marked by fear and narrowness” instead of “openness to the complexity, mystery and majesty of the divine,” and “a faith that looks only to the Bible and not also to personal experience, to the teachings of various religious communities, and even to science, is a faith that has turned the Bible into an idol.” She grew up in “a predominantly Portuguese Roman Catholic” neighborhood, and her parents explained ways in which “Christianity was very much like Judaism.” Also, as she notes, “the New Testament is a very good source for reconstructing the history of the Jewish people in the first century,” so “the more I study the documents of early Christianity, the better Jew I become,” and better I’m able to “promote informed, respectful Jewish-Christian relations.”

 

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