October 21, 2013

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By Kathryn Kopchik

Amy-Jill LevineLEWISBURG, Pa. — Amy-Jill Levine will give the talk, "Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently," on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life, Arnaud Marts Religion in Life Fund, and Campus Jewish Life.

Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, Tenn.

She is also an Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations at Cambridge, U.K.

A Jewish scholar who specializes in Christian origins, Levine combines historical-critical rigor with a concern for fostering better relations between Jews and Christians.

Her recent books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperSanFrancisco); The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight); and an edited collection, The Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton University Press). With Marc Brettler she edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford).

Levine holds degrees from Smith College and Duke University, and honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, Drury University, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and the University of South Carolina-Upstate.

She is the recipient of grants from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies.

Levine has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association and the Association for Jewish Studies.

"A.-J. Levine is one of the foremost authorities on Jewish/Christian scriptural dialogue, and we are delighted that she will be speaking at Bucknell," said Rev. Dr. John Patrick Colatch, University Chaplain at Bucknell University.