Jewish Views of Jesus/Jews, Christians and Israel: Lecture Series

The theological boundaries and historical relationship between Jews and Christians is the focus of a pair of back-to-back lectures offered by rabbi, speaker, author, and professor David Sandmel this month.

The lectures are part of the Moosnick Lectureship in Judaic Studies, sponsored by the Moosnick Endowment. Sandmel’s lectures are presented by Transylvania University, Lexington Theological Seminary, Ohavay Zion Synagogue, and Temple Adath Israel. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Sandmel will present the first lecture, “Jewish Views of Jesus,” Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m. in Strickland Auditorium on the Transylvania University campus.

The second lecture, “Jews, Christians, and Israel” is March 30 at 5 p.m. at Temple Adath Israel.

Sandmel is the Crown-Ryan Professor of Jewish Studies at the Catholic Theological Union and Rabbi Educator at Temple Sholom, both in Chicago. He is a former director of the National Jewish Scholars Project, a major initiative to promote discussion within the Jewish community and between Jews and Christians about the differences and similarities between the two traditions. He is the co-editor of Christianity in Jewish Terms.  In addition, he is the lead editor of Irreconcilable Differences? A Learning Resource for Jews and Christians Press, which focuses on core theological issues on the boundary between Judaism and Christianity. Sandmel is also involved in Jewish-Muslim dialogue and in the tri-lateral dialogue between Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

Sandmel chairs the Committee on Interfaith Activities of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) and is a CCAR Representative to the Joint UAHC-CCAR Commission on Interfaith Relations, the National Council of Synagogues, and The International Jewish Committee on Interfaith Consultations.