Published on September 16th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies to speak at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

COLUMBIA, S.C. – As part of its 2015-16 Speaker Series, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) will welcome Amy-Jill Levine to the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS). This event is co-sponsored by the seminary’s Academy of Faith and Leadership. She will speak Friday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Dr. Levine will also speak at LR’s Hickory campus on the previous evening – Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in Grace Chapel.

Dr. Levine’s presentation is entitled “Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism.” Jesus and his first followers were Jews, thoroughly grounded in Jewish Scripture, Jewish ethics and theology, and Jewish hopes. To understand the New Testament materials is thus to recover Jewish history. Dr. Levine poses the questions: How have misunderstandings of Judaism led to Christian teachings that create or reinforce anti-Jewish views? How might understanding the New Testament in its historical context provide a new way of understanding the Good News of the Gospel? At her presentation in Hickory, Dr. Levine will speak on another thought-provoking topic entitled, “On Pearls and Prodigals — Hearing Jesus’ Parables through Jewish Ears.”

Dr. Levine, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, describes herself as a “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt.” Her books include Short Stories by Jesus: the Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi and The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. She is the co-editor of The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Dr. Levine combines scholarship and humor to combat anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.

All IFL events are open to the public, and free for all guests. Reservations for the Columbia event and can be made online at http://www.amyjilllevine.eventbrite.com or by calling (803) 461-3217. Reservations are not necessary for the event in Hickory; for more information, call (828) 328-7183.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Institute for Faith and Learning endeavors to provide programming that will contribute to and enrich “a culture of the intellect” that is theologically based. Its programs are directed at Christians of all traditions. For more information, visit ifl.lr.edu.

The LTSS Academy of Faith and Leadership endeavors to equip the people of God to join God’s work in the world through a variety of programming including lectures, workshops, retreats, and certificate programs. For more information, visit www.ltss.lr.edu/AFL.

About LTSS: Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary was established in 1830 to train ministers and impart Christian education for Lutheran churches in the South. The seminary is situated on a 17-acre campus on North Main Street in Columbia, SC. Areas of study include sacred theology, religion, divinity, and ministry. LTSS’s programs draw an ecumenical mix of students preparing for pastoral roles in Lutheran, Baptist, Methodist, and Episcopal congregations, as well as military chaplaincy. The seminary is the cornerstone of the School of Theology of Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Lutheran liberal arts university based in Hickory, NC with campuses in Hickory, Asheville, NC, and Columbia.


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