Judaism and Christianity: Next Moosnick Lecture Series

 Lexington, Ky., Feb. 6, 2013 – Author, professor and Rabbi Dr. Michael J. Cook discusses Jesus, Jusdaism and the Gospels, as well as co-existence vs. anti-Semitism in the relationship between Judaism and Christianity in a pair of lectures Feb. 17 and 18.

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

Cook is the Sol & Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. He is the only rabbi in North America with a full-professorial chair in New Testament, and he serves on many advisory boards in Jewish-Christian relations.

Cook will present the first lecture, “Gospel Dynamics: When the Jewish Jesus Isn’t Enough,” Sunday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Carrick Theatre on the Transylvania University campus. The second lecture, “Judaism, Christianity, and the Crucifixion: Coexistence vs. Anti-Semitism on Parchment” is Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. at Ohavay Zion Synagogue.

Cook has written about the evolving Jewish views of Jesus and Paul, studies on the various Gospels and on a wide spectrum of specialized subjects including the trial of Jesus, images of Judaism in Christian Art, the history of anti-Semitism, and the role of Passover in modern Christianity.

In 2003, he was one of seven scholars internationally selected by the Catholic Bishops to assess the accuracy of the advance script of Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ.


Lexington Theological Seminary is an accredited graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Consistent with the Disciples’ historic commitment to Christian unity, the Seminary is intentionally ecumenical with students, faculty, staff and trustees of various denominations. The Seminary has been preparing leaders for the church since 1865. For more information, visit www.lextheo.edu.