|Renowned Religious Scholar to Lecture at Manhattanville|
|Wednesday, April 18, 2012|
Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., author of The Misunderstood Jew, along with Manhattanville College's Rev. Dr. Gawain de Leeuw, will present "Hearing Jesus' Parables through Jewish Ears" on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Ophir Room, Reid Hall.
The event is Co-sponsored by The Duchesne center, Episcopal Chaplaincy, Kol Ami Synagogue and St. Bartholomew's Episcopal church of White Plains. Levine has two more presentations in her lecture series at Congregation Kol Ami: "Jesus and Judaism: Why the Connection Matters" on Friday, April 20 at 8:15 p.m., and "How Jews and Christian Read Scripture Differently" on Saturday, April 21 at 9:30 a.m.
"The very fact that we have a prominent Jewish New Testament theologian coming to our Campus to give a lecture that is co-sponsored by a temple, a church and us bespeaks the College's interest in inter-cultural and inter-religious affairs while living our mission," said Father Wil Tyrrell, Director of the Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice.
Levine is Vanderbilt 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 University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; the edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context; and the 14-volume edited series, Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings. 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.