The Dahl Lecture 2019: When the Bible becomes Weaponized: Detecting and Disarming Jew-Hatred

Christian preaching and teaching often presents Judaism as xenophobic, legalistic and obsessed with ritual purity, elitist and money-loving, militaristic, and misogynist.

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Professor Amy-Jill Levine

In much popular Christian imagination, Jesus emerges as the only Jew who proclaims love of neighbor, who finds the heart of Torah in compassion, who demonstrates solidarity with the poor, who counsels peace, and who shows respect for women.

Where do these erroneous and obscene depiction of Judaism originate, what prompts the tendency among some Christians to divorce Jesus from his Jewish context, and how does knowledge of Jewish history correct the misunderstandings? 

About Amy-Jill Levine

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S); she is also Affiliated Professor, Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge.

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About the Dahl Lecture

Portrait of Nils Alstrup Dahl
Nils Alstrup Dahl.

The Faculty of Theology presents every other year an international lecture in honour of  Nils Alstrup Dahl. He was a professor at the University of Oslo and at Yale University, USA, and Norway’s most international New Testament scholar in the 20th century. His publications ranged widely thematically and in time, from 1936 until 2000, and his ideas are still discussed. Dahl played a role in initiating the new Historical Jesus research in the 1950s. Dahl was born 25th of June 1911 and died July 2nd in 2001.


This year, the Dahl Lecture is also a part of the Jervell Seminar programme.  

Published Oct. 22, 2019 8:25 PM - Last modified Oct. 23, 2019 2:09 PM