American Professor of New Testament Studies Amy-Jill Levine will present Jesus’ Parables in Jewish contexts.
Professor Levine, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is a member of an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue but describes herself as ‘quite unorthodox’.
Murdoch University Professor of Church History and Chair of the International Theologian Program Rowan Strong said he was delighted for the Theology Program to host Professor Levine as its International Theologian for 2013.
“Professor Levine is a leading international expert in the New Testament,” Professor Strong said.
“She will offer a different perspective out of her own Jewishness and as a woman who has been at the forefront of New Testament studies in the United States.
“It is rare to have a non-Christian examining the sacred text of Christians.
“She will present some real challenges to our received understandings of Christianity.”
The public lectures will be held at the Brian Hill Lecture Theatre over three consecutive Tuesday evenings in August, from 6.30pm to 8pm.
Hearing the Parables: Pearls of Great Price, Pharisees and Publicans, and a Lot of Leaven will be held on August 6.
Dangers on the Road to Jericho (Luke 10. 25-37) will be on August 13.
The Provocation of the Prodigal (Luke 15. 11-32) will be on August 20.