Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A new podcast with Adele Reinhartz has been posted. I spoke with Professor Reinhartz for the third Bible Junkies podcast on March 26, 2012. Dr. Reinhartz is a scholar of the New Testament and Judaism in the Hellenistic period and Professor in the Department of Classics and Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa in Canada. She taught previously at the University of Toronto and at McMaster University. Her main areas of research are the Gospel of John, early Jewish-Christian relations, feminist criticism, and, most recently, the Bible and Film.

She has written several books, including "Why Ask My Name?" Anonymity and Identity in Biblical Narrative (Oxford, 1998), Befriending the Beloved Disciple: A Jewish Reading of the Gospel of John (Continuum, 2001), and Scripture on the Silver Screen (Westminster John Knox, 2003) and Jesus of Hollywood (Oxford, 2007). Her most recent book is on Caiaphas the High Priest, published in 2011 and she introduced and annotated the Gospel of John in the in the Jewish Annotated New Testament project. Adele was also inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 2005.

As a Jewish scholar, Adele brings a unique perspective to the study of the New Testament and a sensitivity to the Jewish contexts of early Christianity and anti-Judaism in the New Testament texts. Most significantly, as a former student of hers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, I can attest to her ability to open up the world of both Judaism and Christianity and make it come alive in the classroom. Please enjoy the discussion and feel free to leave comments.

John W. Martens

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