Scholar to Challenge Audience's Viewpoints in Lectures

By Corrigan, Sara Anne | Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current), October 19, 2013 | Go to article overview

Scholar to Challenge Audience's Viewpoints in Lectures


Corrigan, Sara Anne, Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)


For the second year, the University of Evansville is partnering with Temple Adath B'Nai Israel, via the Shavitz Trust, in hosting a nationally renowned scholar to address Jewish topics with contemporary themes and applications. Amy Jill Levine spoke Friday and will offer a second public lecture Sunday on the UE campus. A Saturday program at the temple will be open to that congregation and invited guests.

Levine is a self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt.. dedicated to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist and homophobic theologies."

This weekend, "Levine's expertise (will challenge her audiences) to consider different viewpoints of particular Bible stories," said Nancy Drake, representing TABI.

Levine is a 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 University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.

A prolific writer, Levine is the author/editor of "The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus;" "The Historical Jesus in Context;" and, in collaboration with Marc Brettler of Brandeis

University, the 14-volume edited series, "Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings."

She has edited "The Jewish Annotated New Testament," and she has written, with her Vanderbilt colleague Douglas Knight, "The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us."

Levine's Evansville visit launched with a public reception Friday in UE's Ridgway University Center's Eykamp Hall, along with the presentation, "Jesus and Judaism."

In a recent email interview, Levine said that in her lecture she planned to discuss how "Jesus of Nazareth followed the Torah of Moses, grounded his teachings in the Prophets of Israel, and offered a message that some Jewish men and women found compelling. …

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