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Author of The Misunderstood Jew Presents Annual Shade Lecture

Sept. 16, 2008

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – Amy-Jill Levine, author of The Misunderstood Jew, will present the 2008-09 Alice Pope Shade Lecture on Thursday, Sept. 18. The lecture, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, is free and open to the public.

Levine, who serves as the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University, describes herself as a “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches New Testament in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt.”

In her most recent book, The Misunderstood Jew, (Nov. 2007), Levine writes, “Jesus cannot be fully understood unless he is understood through first-century Jewish eyes and heard through first-century Jewish ears. Failure to understand the Jewish Jesus within his Jewish context has resulted in the creation and perpetuation of millennia of mistrust, and worse, between church and synagogue.”

This annual lecture is supported by the Alice Pope Shade Fund, established for use by the Department of Religion in 1983 by Shade's daughter, Rebecca Shade Mignot, a 1954 graduate of Susquehanna University. This event relates to Susquehanna University's theme for its sesquicentennial year: Memory. For more information, call the Office of the Chaplain, 570-372-4303.

Contact: Gerald Cohen


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