Jewish scholar Amy-Jill Levine and NT scholar Ben Witherington meet to discuss Jesus

By Staff

Is Jesus the Savior? Was he a Jewish rabbi? Or both?

Leading evangelical scholar Ben Witherington III, Asbury Theological Seminary, and noted Jewish scholar Amy-Jill Levine, Vanderbilt University, discuss the Jewishness of Jesus at the upcoming Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum, March 25, 7:30 p.m.

"Every serious Christian or Jew should be interested in this event," said Dr. Robert Stewart, Greer-Heard director. "This is going to be a great evening in which two world-class scholars and good friends--one Christian, the other Jewish--discuss Jesus' distinctive way of being Jewish in first-century Palestine and how that affected his understanding of the kingdom of God, as well as the subject of resurrection." 

The event is free to all pre-registered NOBTS faculty, staff, students and their families. To pre-register, visit The price at the door for NOBTS community members not pre-registered will be $5.

This year’s Greer-Heard dialogue breaks step with previous events in being presented on a Saturday evening, rather than Friday, in deference to the Jewish Sabbath.

A special Friday, March 24, 2:30 p.m. pre-event features paper presentations by Levine and Witherington with responses by each. Levine’s topic is, “Understanding Jesus Means Understanding Judaism.” Witherington will talk on “A Singular Jesus in a Pluralistic World.”

An audience Q & A will follow the events. Both presentations will be held at Leavell Chapel. The Friday afternoon event is free and open to the public.

The pre-registered admission price for the Saturday evening dialogue for non-NOBTS parties is $20. A special admission price of $10 applies to pre-registered SBC ministers and college students (pre-registered Leavell College students are free). All admission prices increase by $5 at the door.

Witherington, an elected member of the prestigious SNTS (Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas), is the Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary; a member of the doctoral faculty of St. Andrews University, Scotland; and the author of more than fifty books.

Levine, author of numerous works including “The Misunderstood Jesus: the Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus” and “Short Stories by Jesus: the Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi,” is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Sciences.