Jewish-Christian Seminar to explore questions raised by undeserved suffering
The 23rd Jewish-Christian Seminar, "Jewish and Christian Understandings of Suffering: Studies in the Book of Job," will be held from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Luther Seminary in St. Paul.
The seminar is co-sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at the University of St. Thomas and St. John's University, and Luther Seminary.
The featured speakers are Rabbi Barry Cytron, director of the Jay Phillips Center, and the Rev. Kathryn Schifferdecker, assistant professor of Old Testament at Luther. Schifferdecker's dissertation for her doctorate at Harvard Divinity School focuses on creation theology in the Book of Job. Cytron also holds the Jay Phillips Chair in Jewish Studies at St. John's.
Suffering is part of the human condition, and undeserved suffering raises questions of the existence of any divine presence or mercy in the world. The seminar will explore the topic of undeserved suffering with attention to Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Book of Job.
Following the presentations, a kosher meal will be served. The program will conclude with time for questions and answers.
Cost of the program is $45 for the general public and $15 for students. To register, call Luther Seminary, (651) 641-3415, or visit www.luthersem.edu/jewish_christian.