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“Reassessing Jewish-Christian Relations" Professor Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University

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The works of Paul and the evangelists suggest that even in its earliest stages the life and gospel of Jesus engendered protracted debate over the relationship between being Jewish and being a follower of Jesus. Were the former Jewish, while the latter were Christian? What, if anything, distinguished Jewish and non-Jewish followers of Jesus? Was there such a thing as Christianity in the immediate aftermath of Jesus’ crucifixion? How did these two “religions,” Judaism and Christianity, emerge and what was their relationship to one other? 

Professor Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, addresses many of these complex questions in a lecture entitled, “Reassessing Jewish-Christian Relations.”