Renowned New Testament scholar to speak at Drury in April
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 14, 2018 — Internationally recognized New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine will be the featured speaker in a series of events at Drury on April 5 and 6.
Levine is a leading figure in Jewish-Christian interfaith relations. Through a career of extensive scholarship and public speaking, she has sought to “clear up 2,000 years’ worth of misconceptions between Jews and Christians,” as Moment magazine put it in in a 2013 profile story.
Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences in Nashville. She is also the author of several books, including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; and most recently, with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, the children’s book Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins, and 2 Sons. She is also the co-editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Levine received her Ph.D. from Duke University and has been awarded several honorary doctorates, including one from Drury.
“Her primary message is that Christians need to understand that Jesus was a Jew,” says Drury Chaplain Dr. Peter Browning. “Pastors, in particular, need to be careful in the way that they represent Jews in the Gospel accounts. Without a proper historical understanding, Christians can reinforce images of Jews which are unfair, demeaning and, especially after the Holocaust, dangerous.”
All events are open to the public. Levine will be speaking at three events:
- “Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’ Parables as Jewish Stories” – 7 p.m., Thursday, April 5, at Stone Chapel Lounge. Parking available in Lots 1 & 2.
- “Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism” – 7 to 9 a.m., Friday, April 6 at the Hoblit Room in Freeman Hall. Parking available in Lots 4 & 7. Copies of The Jewish Annotated New Testament will be available for purchase at a 40% discount. The event is free but participants are asked to register online.
- “My Experience Teaching in Prison” – Noon, Friday, April 6, at the Hoblit Room. The event is free but participants are asked to register online.
Media Contact: Dr. Peter Browning, Professor of Philosophy & Religion - (417) 873-7231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.