Amy-Jill on CNN.com

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DMB | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Sep 22 2014 12:20 PM

I'd suspect Amy-Jill Levine is probably not high on the list of forumites or Logosians in general, since Logos doesn't carry a single book by her.  Baruch (Levine) even has trouble, but at least slides in with 2 major  commentaries.

Apparently Amy-Jill just released her new book, and so an interesting portion on Jesus.  No doubt, everyone will disagree with whether everyone gets it wrong.

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2014/09/21/four-teachings-from-jesus-that-everybody-gets-wrong/ 

And don't miss at least what IS available in Logos:

https://www.logos.com/products/search?q=amy-jill+levine 

Compared to a richer set of choices on Amazon, many available in Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/Amy-Jill-Levine/e/B001H9TWM0 

And lastly the obviously missing volume in Logos. Not even a pre-pub to test the waters.

http://www.amazon.com/Jewish-Annotated-New-Testament/dp/0195297709/ 

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abondservant | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 22 2014 7:05 PM

To add a little background, Levine is "professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences. "

"Holds a B.A. from Smith College, the M.A. and  Ph.D. from Duke University, and honorary doctorates from Christian Theological Seminary, Drury University, the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, and the University of South Carolina-Upstate"

"Professor Levine combines historical-critical rigor, literary-critical sensitivity, and a frequent dash of humor with a commitment to eliminating anti-Jewish, sexist, and homophobic theologies."

I don't generally find much to agree with when it comes to graduates of the near by Duke Divinity School, and considering her bio at the school (relevant parts quoted above), I suspected I wouldn't like what she had to say at all.

But I didn't hate it. It was interesting especially since those parables I preached through not that long ago. Thats not to say I agreed with everything. *chuckle*. But I agreed with more than I expected to.

Also, apparently Vanderbilt has a strong methodist, presbyterian, and campbelite presence.

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David Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 22 2014 7:57 PM

Her batting average is perfect...if your're fond of goose eggs. I don't think she even fouled one off.

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Erik | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Sep 22 2014 8:02 PM

I read this earlier today...and I was not impressed. 

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Sep 23 2014 7:16 AM

Now David .... I don't recall any author that matches you. So all fail by definition!

I'd already gone through the Annotated New Testament and wasn't impressed.  But the reason was, absent knowing the background of the authors, it's almost indistinguishable from maybe a Stern volume.  And for good reason; Levine doesn't seek to divide.

But I did end up buying the Kindle 'The Misunderstood Jew'  http://www.amazon.com/Misunderstood-Jew-Amy-Jill-Levine-ebook/dp/B000XPNUG8/ 

I'm about 1/4th the way thru; she makes a lot of good points (to the frustration of those wanting a 'jewish view').  One I had not really thought much about was that the followers were practicing jews (emphasis on 'doing'). It's really not that obvious until you read the NT verses closely.  The significance of Peter in Joppa near the leather making.  Who exactly was insisting on Sabbath tight-rules (and who was not).

Another was 'belief' and how information is used before and after 'belief'.  I'd always thought Logos should sell to 'belief'; not a goal of a broad library of choices. And not viz theological reasons, but simply 'business'.  And 'belief' is heavily demographic ... babies.  A major drop in baby-making ... a major drop in religion.  Very predictable.  Thus one big reason the Catholic church will likely overwhelm the Protestant in America.

"God will save his fallen angels and their broken wings He'll mend."

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