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Amy Jill Levine

Amy Jill Levine

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is the Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and University Professor of New Testament Studies, Vanderbilt. She is the first Jewish person to teach New Testament at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. She describes herself as an unorthodox member of an Orthodox synagogue and a Yankee Jewish feminist who taught New Testament in a Christian divinity school in the Buckle of the Bible Belt. Join us in welcoming Amy-Jill Levine, Ph.D., for the 2021 Spirituality Conference at St. Philip on October 23.

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The Difficult Words of Jesus

A Beginner's Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings

By Amy-Jill Levine
Narrated by: Nan McNamara
Length: 5 hours 36 minutes

Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God's word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their... Read more »

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The Bible With and Without Jesus

How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently

By Amy-Jill Levine & Marc Zvi Brettler
Narrated by: Marni Penning
Length: 14 hours 31 minutes

The editors of The Jewish Annotated New Testament show how and why Jews and Christians read many of the same Biblical texts – including passages from the Pentateuch, the Prophets, and the Psalms – differently. Exploring and explaining these diverse perspectives, they reveal more clearly Scripture’s beauty and power.  
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Short Stories by Jesus

The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

By Amy-Jill Levine
Narrated by: Donna Postel
Length: 13 hours 33 minutes

Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus' stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color... Read more »

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