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Harvard Jewish studies professor to lead Ryterband Symposium

Ryterband Symposium 2009

Dr. Jon Levenson, professor of Jewish studies at Harvard Divinity School, will present two lectures on the theme Exploring Judaism, Christianity and Islam for the 31st Annual Ryterband Symposium, held this year on Monday, Oct. 26 at United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road in Trotwood.

Dr. Jon Levenson

Levenson has taught Bible and Jewish studies at Harvard for more than 20 years. His work concentrates on the interpretation of the Hebrew Bible, including its reinterpretations in the “rewritten Bible” of Second Temple Judaism and rabbinic midrash.

Much of his studies center on the relationship of Judaism and Christianity in antiquity and modernity; he is also active in Jewish-Christian dialogue.

His recent books have focused on the theme of resurrection in Judaism and Christianity and he will lecture on this topic at 3:30 p.m. followed by responses from Prof. Lisa Hess, who teaches practical theology and ministry at UTS and Prof. Loren Lybarger, an Islamic specialist from Ohio University.

At 7:30 p.m., Levenson will lecture on the different perspectives on monotheism of the three western religions. The respondents will be Prof. Andrew Park, who teaches theology at UTS, and Lybarger.

The Ryterband Symposium is a collaboration of United Theological Seminary, the University of Dayton and Wright State University.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wright State University Zusman Prof. Mark Verman at 775-2461.

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