Fall Bible Study ZOOM class

  • Monday’s from September 21st to October 26th
  • 6-week, ZOOM class with that book: “Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven”, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.
  • print out the Registration Form – 2020 The Sermon on the Mount fill it out, attach a check made out to “OLQA Parish” for $20 – and mail it to the address on the form.
  • You MUST have your registration in by Sunday, September 6th – AND – the class is limited to just 25 attendees! 

The Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5-7, contains some of Jesus most profound and most memorable teachings.

  • What might these teachings have meant to his disciples, and to the others who first heard them?
  • How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today?
  • How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live?

In Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine (she prefers to be called “AJ”) introduces the major topics in the Sermon on the Mount, explains historical and theological contexts, and shows how the words of Jesus echo his Jewish tradition and speak forward to reach hearts and minds today.

This is a book that is as entertaining as it is resourceful and insightful. Dr. Levine has a rock-solid knowledge of Judeo-Christian history, sources, languages and authorities.  Yet she speaks and writes without academic pretense.  Her insights are scholarly and, most importantly, legitimate … and her lively dialog and humor keep you engaged and enthralled with what you are learning. Click on the link below and check out AJ’s short promo video for her book.  It gives you an idea of the kind of instructor she is!


With her writing – and the supporting videos – AJ seems to return us to the era of the Gospel writer of Matthew, into the Hebrew traditions and values of the first century and seats us among the crowd of Jesus’ listeners so that we can hear His words through their ears.

About the author:  Amy-Jill Levine 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.

She has written many books for both adults and children – and has recorded numerous adult education programs and lectures.  She has given over 500 lectures on the Bible, Christian-Jewish relations, and Religion, Gender, and Sexuality across the globe.

Professor Levine has held grants from the Mellon Foundation, NEH, and ACLS, and she has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, and Association for Jewish Studies. She served as Alexander Robertson Fellow (University of Glasgow), and the Catholic Biblical Association Scholar to the Philippines.  In Spring 2019 she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute.

A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue in Nashville, although she is often quite unorthodox.