Jewish Studies

Elon University Conference on Jewish-Christian Relations

Sunday, November 17, 1:00-6:30 pm

Numen Lumen Pavilion at Elon University

1:00 pm: Welcoming Remarks
President Dr. Leo Lambert (Elon University)
Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

1:05-2:00 pm: Reading Genesis
- Dr. Marc Bregman (UNC-Greensboro) – “Jewish and Christian Perspectives on the Sacrifice of Isaac”
- Dr. Ellen Haskell (UNC-Greensboro) – “Contesting the Kingdom of Heaven: Rachel as Counterpart to Christ in Medieval Jewish Mysticism”
- Dr. Malachi Hacohen (Duke University) – “Jacob and Esau, Isaac and Ishmael: The Future of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations”
Convener: Dr. Geoffrey Claussen (Elon University)

2:15-3:00 pm: Defining Jewish Identity
- Dr. Lynn Huber (Elon University) – “‘Those Who Say That They Are Jews and Are Not’: The Function of Jewish Identity in the Book of Revelation”
- Dr. James Tabor (UNC-Charlotte) – “Who is a Jew?: A Modern Conundrum with Ancient Roots”
Convener: Dr. Michael Pregill (Elon University)

3:15-4:15 pm: Evangelical-Jewish Relations
 Dr. Shalom Goldman (Duke University), “The Use of Hebrew and Yiddish by British and American Christian Missionaries to Jews: 1870-1970”
 Dr. Yaakov Ariel (UNC-Chapel Hill) – “The Rise of Messianic Judaism”
Dr. Motti Inbari (UNC-Pembroke) – “The Christian Zionist Response to Israeli Land for Peace Solutions”
Convener: Dr. Jason Husser (Elon University)

4:30-5:15 pm: Jewish and Christian Feminist Ritual Innovation
 Dr. Vanessa Ochs (University of Virginia)
Dr. Diann Neu (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual)
Convener: Dr. Toddie Peters (Elon University)

5:30-6:30 pm: The Future of Jewish-Christian Dialogue
Dr. Stanley Hauerwas (Duke University)
Dr. Peter Ochs (University of Virginia)
Convener: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)

Closing Remarks: Dr. Jeffrey Pugh (Elon University)

Sessions are free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be available throughout the day.  
Your registration using the form below will help us to plan accordingly.

See here for directions to visitor parking, and here for the location of the Numen Lumen Pavilion.

Sponsored by the Elon College Fund for Excellence, the Eric and Lori Sklut Emerging Scholar in Jewish Studies Program, the Department of Religious Studies, the Department of History and Geography, the Women's/Gender Studies program, the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Elon Center for the Study of Religion, Culture, and Society.

Department News

New book brings to life Judaism's 'Elder of Kelm'

"Sharing the Burden: Rabbi Simhah Zissel Ziv and the Path of Musar" by Assistant Professor Geoffrey Claussen recounts the life of a 19th century Jewish leader who greatly influenced a movement focused on the development of human character.

Culinary historian to speak on Black-Jewish Identity Cooking - Nov. 10

Culinary historian and chef Michael W. Twitty will lead discussion over dinner on the theme of "Kosher/Soul: Black-Jewish Identity Cooking." RSVP required.

Shuly Schwartz: 'Rugelach, Rummage Sales, Rabbis and Rosh Hodesh Groups: The Transformative Power of American Jewish Feminism' – Nov. 4

Elon University’s Center for the Study of Religion, Culture and Society, and the Jewish Studies Program, host the acclaimed historian for a talk about Jewish Feminism in America

Elon listed in 'Top 60 Private Schools Jews Choose'

The inaugural issue of Hillel College Guide lists Elon University among the most frequently attended schools by Jewish students based on the total number of enrolled undergraduates.

Geoffrey Claussen publishes on "War, Scripture, and Moral Accounting"

Claussen's article was published in the June 2015 issue of The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning