Date Wednesday, may 3, 2017
Presenting: "Jesus, the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals "
Join Dr. Amy-Jill Levine for a fascinating and thought-provoking talk. Jesus was a skilled storyteller who used examples from everyday life to speak about economics and politics, family values and social concerns, justice and compassion. But, removed from their historic setting in first-century Galilee and Judea, contemporary interpretations of Jesus’s parables may lose their original provocation and the genius of his teaching. Levine will discuss the historical context of his teachings, in particular Judaism and the Jewish scriptures that shaped his stories.
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. 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 (co-authored with Douglas Knight); and The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with Warren Carter). Her most recent volume is Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.
Dr. Levine is also the co-editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, Christian Theological Seminary, and Franklin College. A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.