Author to speak about distinctions between Judaism and Christianity

April 4, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On April 12, Purdue Libraries will host a discussion on a new book about the new ways of understanding Jesus in his religious and cultural milieu between the Jewish and Christian belief.

Zev Garber, professor emeritus and chair of Jewish Studies and Philosophy at Los Angeles Valley College, will speak from 5:30-7 p.m. in the John W. Hicks Undergraduate Library, Room B848, about his book "The Jewish Jesus: Revelation, Reflection, Reclamation" that will be released on April 12. The event is free and open to the public.

The book discusses the general understanding within religious and academic circles that the incarnate Christ of Christian belief lived and died a faithful Jew. In the context of pluralism, in the temper of growing interreligious dialogue, and in the spirit of reconciliation, encountering Jesus as living history for Christians and Jews is both necessary and proper, Garber says.

Garber will be available after the discussion to sign copies of the new book, which will be on sale at the event. Cost of the book is $59.95.

Other panelists include Stuart Robertson, pastor emeritus at Faith Baptist Church in West Lafayette and continuing lecturer in Biblical Hebrew; and Thomas Ryba, adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy and Notre Dame Theologian in Residence at St. Thomas Aquinas Center, West Lafayette.

Garber has served as visiting professor of religious studies at the University of California at Riverside, visiting Rosenthal Professor of Judaic Studies at Case Western Reserve University and as president of the National Association of Professors of Hebrew. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of two academic series: Studies in Shoah and Shofar Supplements in Jewish Studies. He also serves as co-editor of Shofar.

Writer:  Amanda Sliepka, 765-496-3006, 

Source:  Charles Watkinson, director of Purdue University Press, 764-494-8251,

Related websites:

Purdue University Press, Shofar Supplements

Purdue University Press, "The Jewish Jesus:"