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Peter Ochs Lecturing on Christianity in Jewish Terms, October 11 - 12


Decatur, GA—Peter W. Ochs will present the 2005 Smyth Lectures, October 11-12, at Columbia Theological, in Decatur, GA. His lectures, on the topic of Christianity in Jewish terms, are titled “Why We Need You Now: Judaism and Christianity after Shoah” (October 11), and “Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity, the Jews, and the Muslims” (October 12). The public is invited to attend the lectures, which are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. each day in the Harrington Center Chapel. Ochs is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at The University of Virginia, where has served since 1997. He has held teaching positions at Drew University, Colgate University, and the University of Maryland, as well as visiting lectureships at Hebrew Union College and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Ochs holds the Ph.D. and B.A. from Yale University and the M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Ochs is an influential thinker whose interests include Jewish philosophy and theology, modern and postmodern philosophic theology, pragmatism, and semiotics. He is cofounder of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning, which seeks to bridge the gap between faith and reason in scriptural interpretation, and he is coauthor of Reasoning After Revelation, with Stephen Kepnes and Robert Gibbs. Ochs has a keen interest in interfaith dialogue, particularly among the Abrahamic faith traditions. He is coeditor of Christianity in Jewish Terms as well as The Jewish-Christian Schism Revisited, a collection of essays by John Howard Yoder. Along with Stanley Hauerwas, he is editor of the “Radical Traditions: Theology in a Postcritical Key” series. His current projects include Another Reformation: Postliberal Christianity and the Jews and Jewish Theology After the Shoah. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). The Smyth lectures were established in 1911 by the bequest of the Rev. Thomas Smyth, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Charleston, SC. The aim of the bequest was to establish “a course of lectures on the fundamental principles of the Christian faith.” For more information about this year’s lectures, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 404.687.4521. 

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