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In 2020 not only is it possible for these different religious communities (The Jewish community, and the Christian community) to talk about this verses in a non polemical fashion but is also essential and crucial for these 2 communities to do so and to understand sympathetically what the other community is doing with the very same biblical text
The Bible with and Without Jesus by authors Marc Zvi Brettler and A.J. Levine
Amy Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divnity School and University.
Marc Zvi Brettler is the Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at Duke University. He has also taught at Yale University, Brown University, Wellesley College, and Middlebury College.
What Saint Augustine saw is not necessarily what Martin Luther saw… is not necessarily what the people at First Baptist down the street are seeing. Why does that happen and what good do these multiple interpretations give us? Mark and I think we managed to show that
Can you tell us who you are and what you do?
What is The Bible for a Jew?
How do Scriptures become weaponized?
Jesus is completely loyal to Torah and like a good Jew, interprets it
What are Microscopic and Macroscopic lenses to interpret scripture?
Tell me about the Structure of the Book (The Bible with and without Jesus)
I think Jesus is absolutely splendid, I think He is smart… I think His stuff is brilliant….
There are 4 Gospels which means there are at least 4 different ways of understanding Jesus
Wait a minute, there’s a Jew who goes to an orthodox synagogue is gonna teach me about Jesus?
Are you Kidding me, you mention Leviticus abolishes slavery?
What’s important is what Jesus and the Pharisees argued over: How do you honor the sabbath and keep it Holy? How do you interpret what’s in Leviticus or what’s in Deuteronomy?
The Sermon on the Mount, Antithesis or Extensions?
Jesus was closer to the Pharisees than any of the other groups that were running around in 2nd temple Judaism
When to know to read a text figuratively and when to read a text literally
Who are the Pharisees?
We are not trying to make Christians Jews and we are not trying to make Jews Christians. We are trying to make Jews and Christians better Jews and better Christians and to have better knowledge of each other
Who is Luke the gospel writer?
Jesus isn’t going against Judaism
We live in a multi-cultural society where we can not afford to ignore the perspective of others, or indeed to perceive them as “others”
A.J. Levine & Marc Zvi Brettler
How Jews And Christians Read The Same Stories Differently