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Why do Jews and Christians interpret the same texts differently? In their new book, The Bible With and Without Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Brettler examine such famous biblical passages as the creation stories, Psalm 22, and Isaiah’s comments about a special child and a suffering servant. In explaining the historical context of these texts, Professors Levine and Brettler reveal what these texts might have meant to their first audiences and how, in reading together, we can learn from each other and see more clearly the beauty and power of Scripture.
Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and Department of Jewish Studies. Her more than thirty books 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 Gospel of Luke; and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Brettler). She has taught at Cambridge’s Woolf Institute for Jewish-Christian Relations, and in 2019 she became the first Jew to teach a course on the New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.
Marc Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University and the Dora Golding Professor of Biblical Studies Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University. He is co-editor of The Jewish Study Bible, winner of a National Jewish Book Award. Professor Brettler has also written How to Read the Bible, co-authored The Bible and the Believer, and co-edited The Jewish Annotated New Testament, which he and Amy-Jill Levine presented to Pope Francis in Rome in March 2019. He has appeared on the television series Mysteries of the Bible and was interviewed by Terry Gross on the National Public Radio show Fresh Air.
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