Greer-Heard Master Class, March 24, hopes to build Jewish-Christian understanding

By Staff

Amy-Jill Levine, noted Jewish scholar and Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum speaker, will give tips every Christian should know when engaging Jewish friends and neighbors in dialogue at a special Master Class/Workshop on Friday, March 24, 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the Leavell Center. The event is free and open to all.

"Misunderstanding Judaism Means Misunderstanding Jesus: A Workshop for Preachers, Teachers, Bible Study Leaders, and anyone interested in Jesus of Nazareth” will provide perspective from Levine’s extensive personal and professional experience in leading Jews and Christians to better understand each other.

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. In 2011, Levine became Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge, UK. 

Ben Witherington, renowned New Testament scholar, Asbury Seminary, will join Levine in a special Greer-Heard pre-event later that day at Leavell Chapel. The afternoon presentation begins at 2:30 p.m.  Levine will address “Jesus, Judaism, and Jewish-Christian Relations.” Witherington will speak on “A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic World.” An audience Q & A time will follow. The Friday afternoon event is free and open to all.

Admission to the Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, featuring Witherington and Levine, is free to all NOBTS faculty, staff, students and family members who pre-register at Dr. Robert Stewart is director.