Lent Bible Study ZOOM class

  • Sunday evenings, from February 21st through March 28th,
  • A 6-week, ZOOM class with the book: “Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi”, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.
  • Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning.  BUT, we tend to receive and process the parables very differently from Jesus’ audiences in first-century Palestine.  There’s a reason for that: their life, their culture, their world was very different from ours today.  Dr. Amy-Jill Levine will help us to see the parables in a different light – the ancient light of the Jewish culture and world at the time of Jesus.  The parables seem like “old hat” to us, today – but, with fresh eyes, their relevance for today comes alive.
  • If interested, print out the attached registration form, Registration Form – 2021 The Short Stories of Jesus
    fill it out, attach a check made out to the parish for $25 – and mail it to the address on the form.
  •  Your registration must be RECEIVED BY (not mailed by!) Sunday, January 31st – AND – the class is limited to just 25 attendees!  (Note: this will be our only Bible study class this Spring.)

Amy-Jill Levine has a rock-solid knowledge of Judeo-Christian history, sources, languages and authorities.  Yet she doesn’t speak and write from some “ivory tower.” Her insights are scholarly and, most importantly, legitimate … and her lively dialog and humor keep you engaged with what you are learning.

Click on the link below and check out AJ’s short promo video for her book.
https://youtu.be/gLkEqKqTN-4

About the author:  A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Amy-Jill is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.  She is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University.  She is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge.  In Spring 2019 she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.  The depth of her academic achievements, combined with her Jewish heritage and life experience, give her a unique perspective on Christianity and the New Testament.