Amy-Jill Levine, of Vanderbilt Divinity School delivered the 2016 Preston Lecture at Meredith College. Her topic was “Jesus and Judaism: Why the Connection Matters.” The lecture, presented by the Department of Religious and Ethical Studies at Meredith College, was held on September 28 in Jones Chapel.
Dr. Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge U.K.
Levine’s most recent books include The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (co-authored with Douglas Knight) and The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (co-authored with Warren Carter).
The 2016 Preston Lecture was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Preston lecture funds, and the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
The Mary Frances Preston Lectures in Biblical Studies
This lectureship’s goal is to bring to campus prominent speakers in biblical interpretation, with the goal of helping students, faculty, and staff discuss the intersection of faith and scholarship. The Mary Frances Preston Lecture in Biblical Studies was made possible by funding initiated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles D. Barham Jr. in honor of Mary Frances Johnson Preston. Mrs. Preston’s most significant publication was her book Christian Leadership. It has been used as a textbook at various colleges, including Meredith College. Her interest in Meredith College began in the 1940s when her family moved to Raleigh. This bond of interest with the college, and with the Christian ideas the college holds, continued with her death in 1986.