Wednesday, October 21, 2015,
Cotter Union / 130 Pugh Center Commons Room

Professor Jon D. Levenson of Harvard Divinity School will deliver this year's Annual Compagna-Sennett Lecture in Religious Studies.

The episode that Jewish tradition calls "The Binding of Isaac" and Christian tradition terms "The Sacrifice of Isaac" plays a major structuring role in each tradition. In the Christian case, not only the scriptural story itself but its Jewish interpretations have influenced the presentation of Jesus in the New Testament to a degree that most Christians and Jews do not recognize. In examining the ways the two traditions have appropriated their common scriptural story, we can understand better both the similarities and the differences between them and their common indebtedness to ancient New Eastern rites and theologies.


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