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Yankee Jewish Feminist Talks about Jesus at Drury

For Immediate Release: February 6

Rebecca Denton
Theme Year Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: (417) 873-7377

SPRINGFIELD , Mo. , February 6, 2009 — Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will present “Jesus of Nazareth: Tradition and Innovation” on Friday, Feb. 13 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall.

Dr. Levine returns to the Convocation Series to examine Jesus's innovations upon Jewish theology. Jesus speaks of the “scribe trained for the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 13:52) who takes out of his treasure box what is old and what is new. What does Jesus draw from his Jewish tradition, how does he adapt that tradition to the message of the Kingdom of Heaven and how do his followers today understand his words?

A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible belt,” Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary –critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies.

Dr. Levine also participates in The Teaching Company, an innovative Web site that offers lectures from professors on DVD, audio CD and other formats. Dr. Levine has recorded Introduction to the Old Testament, Great Figures of the Old Testament and Great Figures of the New Testament.

Drury University 's 2008-2009 convocation series Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on unique and innovative approaches to business, social and environmental issues. This series features the stories of individuals and organizations who apply energy and ingenuity to improve their world.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rebecca Denton at (417) 873-7377, or by e-mail at, or visit


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