Dr. Levine is a gifted interpreter of both the Jewish world in which Jesus and the early church arose and the connections as well as disconnections between Jews and Christians. Her lectures will feature a sermon Sunday morning, a lecture at 6:30 Sunday nights, and another lecture at 6:30 Monday night. Each event must be registered for separately.
Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: The 'Good Samaritan’ in His Context and Ours
Jesus and Judaism: Piety, Politics, Prayer, and Parables
Agreeing to Disagree: How and Why the Old Testament and the Tanakh Differ
Amy-Jill Levine (“AJ”) is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus; five children’s books (with Sandy Sasso); The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III, the first biblical commentary by a Jew and an Evangelical); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Brettler). In 2020 she published The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (with Marc Brettler); and Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven. In 2021, she published The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings. AJ is the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. In 2021 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She describes herself as an unorthodox member of an Orthodox synagogue and a Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches New Testament in a Christian divinity school in the Buckle of the Bible Belt.