God Help Us – Anti-Judaism
It’s easier to demonize the other than to take time to learn what the other is thinking, let alone to become friends with somebody who’s not you.
In this episode, Annie is joined by Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish New Testament scholar. In addition to her role as a professor of Jewish Studies and New Testament studies at Vanderbilt, she’s an author who has been hugely influential to Annie, who asked AJ to talk about where she sees anti-Judaism showing up in Christian teachings.
Their discussion then leads to other binaries and us-versus-them mentalities in public life. Instead of demonizing those who are different from us, AJ says we need to be in conversation and embrace genuine curiosity about their side of the story. We don’t have to believe the same thing in order to agree that loving your neighbor is important.
AJ recommends the following books that she has contributed to along with many of her colleagues: The Jewish Annotated New Testament; her commentary on The Gospel of Luke co-authored with Ben Witherington, III; her series of Bible studies published by Abingdon Press; and her children’s books co-authored with Sandy Eisenberg Sasso.
And an announcement: you’re invited to join Annie in-person for dinner and discussion put on by Coastland Commons on Monday, October 21 in Seattle. Get the details and RSVP at coastlandcommons.org. We’ll be talking about reclaiming stories from our past and present and learning to trust our own instincts despite the voices that have tried to convince us that our instincts are untrustworthy and our feelings unreliable. See you there!
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Thanks for listening! Until next time, God help us.