Jewish New Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University will be 2008 presenter of the William L. Self Preaching Lectures, Feb. 18-19, at McAfee School of Theology on Mercer’s Atlanta campus. Levine will give three lectures on “Jesus, Judaism and Anti-Jewish Preaching” over the two days: “Christians Say the Darndest Things: Mistakes about Judaism Mean Mistakes about Jesus,” “Telling Different Stories: How the Bible both Unites and Divides Jews and Christians,” and “Getting Past Guilt and Politeness: The Bible and Jewish-Christian Relations.”
Also speaking during the series will be David P. Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics at Mercer, on “Integrating Ethical Concerns in Preaching,” and Dr. Peter Rhea Jones, professor of Preaching, at McAfee School of Theology, on “How to Write a Sermon.”
Registration for the Self Lectures, which includes dinner on Monday, Feb. 18, and coffee on Tuesday, Feb. 19, is $50 and $20 for students and spouses. Pre-registration is requested, and registration forms are online at http://theology.mercer.edu under “Special Events.” For more information, contact Diane Frazier at (678) 547-6470 or (888) 471-9922 or at email@example.com.
Levine is the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt’s Divinity School. She describes herself as a “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt.” Her website states she “combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies.”
“Dr. Levine is unique in that she’s a Jewish professor turned New Testament scholar who is in frequent dialogue with Christian ministers,” said Dr. R. Alan Culpepper, dean of McAfee School of Theology.
Levine’s most recent publications include “The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus” (HarperSanFrancisco, 2006), the edited collection, “The Historical Jesus in Context” (Princeton University Press, 2006) and the 14-volume series, “Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings” (Continuum). 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.
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