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Renowned Scholar Amy-Jill Levine to Lecture at Beth El Synagogue

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Courtesy photo

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace, will present at a lecture at Beth El Synagogue in West Hartford.


A Jewish scholar renowned for her work on Jesus as a misunderstood Jew, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine has been instrumental in helping the Christian church overcome antisemitism.

On Thursday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m., she will give the inaugural Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professorship Lecture at Beth El Synagogue in West Hartford, 2626 Albany Ave.

The title of her lecture is “Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Scripture Differently.” People of all faiths are encouraged to attend this free, in-person-only event.

Levine was hired in 2021 as the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary). Her professorship is named after Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler, who served on Hartford International University’s Board of Trustees and was the founding spiritual leader and rabbi of Beth El for 38 years.

“If you have never set foot in a synagogue, or even if you have but would like to build bridges with members of our local Jewish community in West Hartford, this is a great opportunity to do so,” HIU President Joel N. Lohr said.

Internationally renowned and a sought-after speaker, Levine has published over 30 books including The Misunderstood Jew, Short Stories by Jesus, six children’s books (with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso), and The Bible With and Without Jesus (with Marc Z. Brettler). With Brettler, she also edited the celebrated Jewish Annotated New Testament. In 2021, she was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Registration is requested at this link: https://bit.ly/37tA9xj.

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