Yay for A-J!!

 Last evening one of my friends & I went to First Presbyterian Church  in Pensacola to hear a lecture by  Old Testament scholar Amy-Jill Levine.

Ms Levine is not only a brilliant { and funny} Bible scholar, she is also a practicing Jewish person.  Last evening’s lecture was about Jesus as a Jewish rabbi in the 1st century & what His early hearers might have internalized  what we know have recorded as  part of our Christian Bible.

I’m totally fascinated with all things Judaica  with good reason. My Mom’s family geneology   is Eastern-European Jewish  &  most of my kin on that side of my family  practice their Jewish faith.

Of course I know that Our Lord  was a Jewish man. He after all, ws born to a Jewish mother.  But it saddens & still surprises me how much anti-Semitism  is still taught  in 21st Century Christianity.  During my previous life as a Protestant here in the south, I have been the victim of more than one anti-Semitic comment by  Christians. {This cut me to the core… & I am * so* glad that I am no longer a part of that  community where I  endured  anti-Semitism!} I never hid & will not hide my Jewish roots & yet some folks, in spite of{ or maybe because of} my Jewish roots, still tell me their misinformed opinions about  my Jewish kin. :O(

 Amy-Jill Levine’s lecture was poignant,  very well researched & freaking hilarious!  I like the  metaphor she used about how  Christians & Jews should  view our  shared  heritage. She said that Christians & Jews are  travelling on a parallel path but when on looks at the  horizon, one can see that the road merges into one end point.  That ” end point”i s GOD.  Jews & Christians are  both People of the Book & A-J cited  several New Testament  teaches of Christ that point back to  common motifs that His first-century Jewish listeners would have  heard.  wow….this was totally fascinating  & I am hoping to return to the lecture this evening.

The only part about last night’s evening was that the  hosting church did not have any of A-J’s books available for purchase afterwards.  So, it looks like one Sarah Beth will need to visit Better World books or Amazon.com to find tomes  written by this brilliant & funny Jewish feminist New Testament scholar.

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