Amy-Jill Levine to Visit in April

March 09, 2016

Amy-Jill Levine, Professor E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies and
Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, will visit the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago this spring and there are several opportunities to hear her speak. 

  • Thursday, April 28: Bexley Seabury Convocation at St. James Commons, Levine will give the keynote address "Of Pearls and Prodigals: Hearing Jesus’ Parables." The event is free and open to all, please RSVP by April 14.
  •  Saturday, April 30: Interfaith Dinner and presentation "Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently," 6 pm at Grace, Hinsdale, 120 East First Street. Cost is $40 and online reservation is required. For further information, contact the Rev. Robert Wyatt by email or call the parish at 847.432.6653.

More about Amy-Jill Levine:

Amy-Jill Levine is University 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 Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, the M.A. and  Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, Drury University, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Professor 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. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne), the edited collection,The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton), and the thirteen-volume edited series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum). With Marc Brettler of Brandeis University, she edited the  Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford). 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  (HarperOne); with Warren Carter of Brite Divinity School, she published in 2013The New Testament: Methods and Meanings(Abingdon).  Her most recent book isShort Stories by Jesus: the Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi(HarperOne).  

She has recorded "Introduction to the Old Testament," "Great Figures of the Old Testament," and "Great Figures of the New Testament" for the Teaching Company. In 2011, Professor Levine became Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge, UK. A self-described "Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt," Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.



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