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Reading Scripture Together: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

  • Course Dates: Thu 22 April, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

There is perhaps no better known New Testament story than that of ‘The Good Samaritan.’ We think we know what this story means, but recent writings by New Testament scholars bring a whole new layer of understanding by exploring the story’s Jewish roots.

This session will explore the Jewish assumptions underlying this story and what it might have meant to Jesus’s audience at the time. We will look at the role parables played in Israelite teachings of the time; ancient attitudes towards Samaritans; the nature of Israelite purity laws; and the roles of priests, Levites and lawyers.

You will never read this story the same way!

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Thu 22 April
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Rabbi Shoshana Boyd Gelfand is the Director of JHub and a senior staff member of Pears Foundation, where she leads their interfaith portfolio. She received her rabbinic ordination in 1993 and has previously served as Chief Executive of the UK Movement for Reform Judaism and Vice-President of the Wexner Heritage Foundation in New York. Rabbi Gelfand appears regularly on BBC Radio 2 “Pause for Thought” and Radio 4 “Something Understood” as well as being a frequent public speaker on faith and leadership at venues including LSE, Greenbelt, Limmud and TEDxJerusalem. She is the founder of JDOV, a TED-like platform for people to share their Jewish dream, observation, or vision (DOV) and a founding faculty member of the prestigious Faith in Leadership programme where she regularly teaches senior clergy of various faiths. Shoshana is author of The Barefoot Book of Jewish Folk Tales, timeless stories retold for all faiths and ages. Dr Jayme Reaves is Director of Academic Development, Coordinator, Centre for Encountering the Bible, Short Courses and Programme Leader for Exploring Theology at Sarum College. Dr Reaves is a public theologian, and author of Safeguarding the Stranger: An Abrahamic Theology and Ethic of Protective Hospitality which looks at the theology and ethic of providing sanctuary to the threatened other, and how the Western Christian theology and practice of hospitality can be enriched by the recovery of honour and etiquettes related to hospitality as seen in the Jewish and Islamic traditions.
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This course will be run online. Availability of onsite options will be updated nearer the course start date.