Amy-Jill Levine Speaks at Gonzaga University &
Further Videos of Her Work on the Jewish Roots and Context of Jesus
Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine
In the Maxwell Institue's Podcast from Brigham Young University: The parables of Jesus" Amy-Jill Levine is a Jewish scholar with a deep love for the New Testament. Her latest book is a detailed, scholarly, and witty investigation of some of Jesus’s parables. It’s called "Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi." In this episode, Levine exposes ways the parables have been misinterpreted from the past to the present and shows that they are as relevant today as they were when they were recorded centuries ago. [More] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--SymIN-I7M
Parables are not unique to Jewish traditions. There are parables or provocative stories in the scriptures of Israel, the wisdom literuature of Jews and Christians, Aesop's Fables, and Buddhist Koans function like parables. AJ Levine loves parables, "because after reading them a group of people can get together and say, 'here is what I thought, I liked this person, I didn't like this person at all," We shouldn't look at the parables as sweet stories but rather try to recover the provocating that Jesus' audience would have heard."
Caring About Our Own and Other People's Bodies in Early Rabbinic Tradition
Amy-Jill Levine speaking aty the Westminister Townhall on "Who Did They Say He Was? Jesus in Text and Context" speaking on who Jesus might have been to the people who first encountered him and who he is to people who encounter him today said, "for Christians Jesus has to be more than just a really interesting Rabbi. He has to be that really interesting rabbi who makes sense to first century Jews. We will not agree on everything but the point is that we begin to understand each other a little bit better." [More] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbE87SHRQ3A
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. She has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. She is the author, co-author, or editor of numerous books, including The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; The Historical Jesus in Context; the Jewish Annotated New Testament; and The Meaning of the Bible: What The Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us.
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Thursday Feb 4th, 2016 5:30 pm at Gonzaga's Hemmingson Center Upper Ballroom there will be a free public lecture by Dr. Amy Jill Levine.
More details in this SpokaneFavs article.
As part of the Being Religious Interreligiously Lecture Series and in honor of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, Dr. Amy Jill-Levine will be speaking on "Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus' Parables through Jewish Ears," 5:30 pm Thursday February 4, 2016 in a public lecture in the The Hemmingson Center.
On Friday Dr, Levine will speak at a Christian clergy lunch at Gonzaga and Spokane Jews in the evening and over the weekend at Temple Beth Shalom.