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Jews and Christians share many of the same Scriptures and yet, Christians read the Old Testament through the lens of the New Testament – with Jesus. Jews read those same texts from the Tanakh through the lens of postbiblical Jewish commentaries – without Jesus. Who is reading correctly? With Levine and Brettler, we want to argue that differing interpretative communities do not need to be polemical against each other but can enrich one another when we find ways to read texts together. This class is an invitation to do just that and to move from polemic to possibility.
INSTRUCTORS: Rabbi Aviva Fellman Rabbi Aviva Fellman is the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester, MA. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Master’s in Talmud and Jewish Law from Machon Schechter in Jerusalem. Rabbi Fellman was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in NYC in 2012.
Rich Simpson The Rev. Dr. Rich Simpson serves as Canon to the Ordinary (Assistant to the Bishop) in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. From 1998-2013, he was the Rector of St. Francis Episcopal Church in Holden. Over the past two decades, he has enjoyed teaching the Bible with WISE, especially team-taught classes with Rabbi Fellman.
REQUIRED BOOKS: The Bible with and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently, by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler, Harper One, 2020, ISBN 9780062560155.
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