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The Eastern PA Conference Congregational Development Team (CDT) Book Club will sponsor a new weekly book study on Zoom—and its first led by a woman author—in June when it welcomes Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt.

Dr. Levine will help us explore her new work, The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently, co-authored in 2020 with Marc Zvi Brettler, on Wednesdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30, 11 AM to 12 Noon.

She will offer an introduction and then focus on four main topics:

  • June 9: The virginal conception and the pregnant young woman. (Isaiah 7:14)
  • June 16: The “suffering servant”—Jesus and many others. (Isaiah 53)
  • June 23: Adam and Eve—original sin and original opportunity.
  • June 30: The “cry of dereliction” (Psalm 22) spoken by Jesus and by Esther

Once again, CDT will pay purchase and offer free books for the first 25 registrants; but those purchases will be for the electronic (Kindle) version, ideal for use on mobile devices. REGISTER NOW for free.

Levine’s previous books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus. She also co-authored four children’s books and other works: The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III); and The Jewish Annotated New Testament (co-edited with Marc Zvi Brettler). In 2020 she published Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven.

She is the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. In 2021 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. “AJ” describes herself as an unorthodox member of an Orthodox synagogue and a Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches New Testament in a Christian divinity school in the Buckle of the Bible Belt.



June 30
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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