Visiting scholar Amy-Jill Levine, an author who has written numerous publications on Christian origins, Jewish/Christian relations and the biblical views of gender and sexuality, will present “Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Hearing the Parables Anew” in a guest talk at Alma College.
Levine, the University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at the Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Alma College Hillel is excited to sponsor Dr. Levine’s visit because she is a celebrated scholar looking at the New Testament from a Jewish perspective,” says Joanne Gilbert, Charles A. Dana Professor of Communication at Alma College and faculty advisor to Alma College Hillel. “Her work on situating Jesus and his teachings within his Jewish context is critically important in furthering our understanding of both Jesus and Judaism.”
Levine’s numerous publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.
She also has written Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 Sons, a children’s book co-authored with Sandy Sasso, and the Jewish Annotated New Testament, co-edited with Marc Z. Brettler.
Levine will be available to sign books after her Alma presentation.