“The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently” with Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST | 20:00 IST

The Institute directors have a conversation with the authors of a new book that explores how Jews and Christians can learn from and understand each other better by examining how they read many of the same Bible stories through different lenses.

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In their new book, esteemed Bible scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler, co-editors of the widely acclaimed The Jewish Annotated New Testament, take readers on a guided tour of the most popular Hebrew Bible passages referenced in the New Testament to explore how Christians, Jews, and scholars read these ancient texts differently. On January 31, they will discuss why they wrote this book, which reveals what Jews and Christians can learn from each other and shows how to appreciate the distinctive perspectives of each.

Since the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations aims to “increase knowledge and deepen understanding between Jews and Catholics through shared study,” the four colleagues will then chat about the dynamics of this kind of interreligious text study, particularly in the specific context of interaction between Jews and Catholics. Participants will be invited to join in the conversation.

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Department of Jewish Studies. She has also taught at Swarthmore College, Cambridge University, and the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She is the author of many books, including The Misunderstood Jew and Short Stories by Jesus. 

Marc Zvi Brettler is the Distinguished Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University.  He has also taught at Yale University, Brown University, Wellesley College, Brandeis University, and Middlebury College.