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UT Humanities Center: Public Books Circle with Professors Tina Shepardson and Erin Darby
Discussion of The Bible With and Without Jesus, by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler

Why do Jews and Christians read many of the same Biblical texts – including passages from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Psalms – differently? Esteemed Bible scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler take readers on a guided tour of the most popular Hebrew Bible passages quoted in the New Testament to show what the texts meant in their original contexts and then how Jews and Christians, over time, understood those same texts. Comparing various interpretations – historical, literary, and theological - of each ancient text, Levine and Brettler offer deeper understandings of the original narratives and their many afterlives and the Bible’s ongoing significance.

Erin Darby is an Associate Professor in Religious Studies and studies ancient religions, the Hebrew Bible, ancient Near Eastern history, literature, and archaeology. She is the author of Interpreting Judean Pillar Figurines: Gender and Empire in Judean Apotropaic Ritual (2014) and has been the recipient of travel fellowships at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, the Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute, in Nicosia, Cyprus, and the Damascus and Aleppo Museums in Syria. She also received a State Department Educational and Cultural Affairs Research Fellowship (2007) and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship (2016) for her work at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem.

Tina Shepardson is Lindsay Young Professor and Head of the Department of Religious Studies and studies the history of early Christianity. She is the author of Anti-Judaism and Christian Orthodoxy: Ephrem's Hymns in Fourth-Century Syria (2008) and Controlling Contested Places: Fourth-Century Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy (2014) and is currently finishing a book on early Syrian Orthodox Christianity.

Feb 3, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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