We’re excited to announce lectures by Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Our Online Scholar in Residence for 2020

We’re excited to announce lectures by Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Our Online Scholar in Residence for 2020

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S); she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge.


November 5, 2020

Thursday Evening at 7 pm Central

“Agreeing to Disagree: How and Why Jews and Christians Read the Same Scriptures Differently.”


November 6, 2020

Friday Morning at 9 am Central

“Understanding Jesus and Paul Means Understanding Judaism”


Programs will take place on Zoom with links posted on the Temple B’nai Jeshurun website and on Facebook as the event nears. www.TempleBnaiJeshurun.org

For the Friday morning program, it would be helpful to have a copy of Professor Levine’s book, the Jewish Annotated New Testament, which can be found at most online booksellers.


Presented as part of the Association for Jewish Studies Distinguished Lectureship Program.

Sponsored by Christian-Jewish Connection and Temple B’nai Jeshurun.

The Friday Morning Program is also sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa.


Books by Amy-Jill Levine include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus;  Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; ;  The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (with Warren Carter); and The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III (the first full-length biblical commentary co-authored by a Jew and an Evangelical).

Her children’s books (with Sandy Sasso) include Who Counts? 100 Sheep, 10 Coins and 2 SonsThe Marvelous Mustard SeedWho Is My Neighbor? and God’s Big Problem.  With Marc Brettler she edited The Jewish Annotated New Testament. Her most recent volumes are The Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, and, co-authored with Marc Brettler, is The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently.