Rabbi to discuss 'Jewish Views of Jesus' Oct. 25 at Luther Seminary

Rabbi to discuss ‘Jewish Views of Jesus’ Oct. 25 at Luther Seminary

Rabbi Michael Cook

A noted rabbi who is a New Testament scholar with extensive experience in Jewish-Christian relations will discuss “Jewish Views of Jesus: Yesterday to Today and Tomorrow” in an upcoming program co-sponsored by Luther Seminary and the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning of St. John’s University and the University of St. Thomas.

Rabbi Michael Cook, who holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, will give the talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Luther Seminary Chapel at 2481 Como Ave., St. Paul.

The only rabbi in America to hold a full professorial chair in New Testament, Cook will present his personal position on Jesus, how the Jewish tradition has viewed Jesus over 20 centuries, and the problem of how Jesus is viewed by Jewish laity today.

Rev. Marilyn Salmon

Cook serves on many advisory boards related to Jewish-Christian relations and recently finished a major book, Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment, which will be released next year.

The Rev. Marilyn Salmon, an Episcopal priest and associate professor of New Testament at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, will give a Christian response to Cook’s remarks. She is the author of the recently published Preaching Without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism.

The program is free and open to the public; no reservations are required. More information is available from Luther Seminary at (651) 641-3456 or from the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning at (651) 962-5780.