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Book Club: The Bible with and without Jesus

9 September - 24 November 2022, Online

Jews and Christians are separated by a common Bible! By reading this book – 'The Bible with and without Jesus' – together, we will explore the rich, multi-faceted traditions of biblical interpretation in both faith communities. Author Amy-Jill Levine will join us for one of the Zoom sessions.

We will be challenged to look at familiar biblical passages in a new light, as we discover how very differently the same stories have been interpreted by Jews and Christians. The aim is to get beyond the old polemics, and develop a greater understanding and respect for the two interpretative traditions. There will also be plenty of opportunity to discuss our own relationships with the Bible.

Participants will need to buy or borrow a copy of the book 'The Bible with and without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently' by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler. We will focus on five of its chapters. A few additional resources relevant to each topic will be provided. Following opportunities to share thoughts and reactions online, there will be a fortnightly Zoom seminar, lasting 1 ¼ hours. The topics of the seminars will be:

  • On Bibles and Their Interpreters (chap. 1)
  • Adam and Eve (chap. 4)
  • Isaiah's Suffering Servant (chap. 9)
  • “My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" (chap. 11)
  • Son of Man (chap. 12)
  • The date period given for the course is when you are expected to interact with the online material and discussion forum; you can work on this at any time to suit you. The live Zoom sessions are fortnightly at 14:30-15:45 (UK time) on Thursdays beginning on 22 September.

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    Telephone: 07562 624047 and 07935 601512

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    Start: 00:00 on 9 September 2022

    Finish: 00:00 on 24 November 2022


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