The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Haub Executive Suite, McShain Hall

Amy-Jill Levine is E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, Department of Religious Studies, and Graduate Department of Religion. Holding a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary Doctorates from the University of Richmond and the Episopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Levine has been awarded grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. She will discuss her recent book, The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, in which she explores how Christians often misunderstand Judaism in general, and the New Testament in particular, with the result that Jesus is torn out of his Jewish context. Likewise she criticizes Jews for having a willful ignorance of Jesus and his message, thereby promoting misunderstandings of their Christian neighbors.