An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019
In November we’re delighted to welcome Emeritus Rabbi of Minnetonka’s Bet Shalom Congregation, Norman Cohen, to lead us in an exploration of the intersections of Judaism and Christianity. In addition to his rabbinical leadership, Cohen has frequently taught in colleges, universities, and divinity schools in addition to leading interfaith dialogue in many contexts.
Our own Rev. Zach Wilson and Ann Lewis will be working with Rabbi Cohen on three engaging sessions:
Looking at the New Testament Together
November 6, 7 p.m.—The Parting of the Ways: The beginnings of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism; Responses to the Temple’s Destruction
November 13, 7 p.m.—The Passion Narrative: The most historically significant text in Jewish Christian relations
November 20, 7 p.m.
Interpreting Texts in Context: Law and Gospel, The Jews in John.
Closing: Ecclesia and Synagoga—Christians and Jews: People of God
Why Study this Now?
Time Magazine recently reported the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University found that “more Jews were killed in anti-Semitic violence around the world in 2018 than during any other year in decades…” People in Europe and North American who have little to no Christian commitments will still use the phrase “the Jews killed Jesus” to justify violence directed toward the Jewish community. And if you read the New Testament without understanding its context you can see how people come to that conclusion. Therefore, it is incumbent upon those of us who for whom the New Testament is a sacred text understand its context and recommit to to understanding the Jewish origins of the New Testament.