A-J Levine at Elon College

The details are as follows:

Amy-Jill Levine, “Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently”- Sept. 29

Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, authot and University Professor at Vanderbilt University, will give the Truitt Center’s annual H. Shelton Smith Lecture.

A self-described “Yankee Jewish feminist who teaches in a predominantly Christian divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt,” Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University, will offer the Truitt Center’s annual H. Shelton Smith Lecture. Dr. Levine is author of numerous books and articles on the Bible and biblical interpretation, including Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi and The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus. Sponsored by a Fund for Excellence in the Arts and Sciences Grant, the Truitt Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, the Religious Studies Department, the Jewish Studies Minor, and the Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society.

I love A-J. She’s a fantastic lecturer and you’ll literally love her presentation if you go to this lecture.

The Bee Stings the Silly Egocentric Bible Reader

Good stuff once again from the Bee.  Especially these sardonic remarks:

  1. Pray that God would reveal how awesome you are. As you seek to dig into the Word, cover your reading time with prayer—specifically, prayer that God will show you how special and incredible you are in light of eternity.
  2. Take it easy. Everyone needs a 5–10 year break from Scripture every now and then. So go at your own pace, even if that means not reading the Bible for a couple of decades.
  3. Keep in mind, every verse means “judge not.” Try to carefully exegete the meaning of each text you study, bearing in mind that the meaning is almost certainly “judge not.” If you don’t arrive at this exegesis, try again until you get it right.
  4. Remember who it’s all about: you. Reading the Scriptures becomes even more dynamic and exciting when you realize that every text points to one person: you. Do whatever hermeneutical back-flips are necessary to bend any and all texts to revolve around yourself. Like they say: you are on every page.

Are you paying attention, egotistical eisegetes?

Martin Luther on Last Night’s Debate

lutherYou think like this, “As I am a crude ass, and do not read the books, so there is no one in the world who reads them; rather, when I let my braying heehaw, heehaw resound, or even let out a donkey’s fart, then everyone will have to consider it pure truth.” … May God punish you, I say, you shameless, barefaced liar, devil’s mouthpiece, who dares to spit out, before God, before all the angels, before the dear sun, before all the world, your devil’s filth. … See how your spirit here walks on eggs, how you twist and turn, how you talk as if you had mush in your mouth and mumble like a half-dead, despairing person.— Martin Luther