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Lecturer to offer history as bridge between religions

April  09, 2014

Dr. Meira Kensky will give the 29th annual Stone Lecture in Judaism at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in Wallenberg Hall within the Denkmann Memorial Building. The lecture, focusing on the theme of connectedness between Judaism and Christianity, is free and open to the public.

Dr. Kensky’s lecture, “The Crucifixion, the New Testament, and the Jews” will examine the earliest Christian assertions about the crucifixion and the Jews’ role in it, including those of 1 Thessalonians and the Gospels of Mark, Matthew and John, and texts from the history of both Jewish and Christian thought.

“Dr. Kensky is a perfect speaker for us — she offers an academic background that bridges Judaism and Christianity, and she knows how to engage both undergraduates and the general public,” said Margaret Rogal, research and instruction librarian at Augustana.

Dr. Kensky is an assistant professor of religion at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and was selected by the Coe College Class of 2013 to receive the Charles J. Lynch Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her bachelor’s from Sarah Lawrence College and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Chicago Divinity School.

Dr. Kensky’s research interests are in the field of biblical studies, particularly in the New Testament and early Jewish and Christian literature. She has published many articles and one book, Trying Man, Trying God: The Divine Courtroom in Early Jewish and Christian Literature, which examines scenes of God holding trial in Jewish and Christian literature from antiquity.

The Stone Lectureship in Judaism was established in 1983 in honor of Dr. Alex and Martha Stone, long-time residents of Rock Island, and supports speakers and materials which increase awareness of the cultural and historical contributions of Judaism to the traditions of Western culture.

Sam Schlouch
Director, Public Relations and Arts Promotion
(309) 794-7833
samschlouch@augustana.edu