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COMMUNITY PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Dinosaurs, Dragons, & Demons: Jewish and Christian Views of Creation

with Dr. Leonard Greenspoon & Dr. Anthony Le Donne


Mondays, July 12, 19, & 26
7-8 pm  |  Via Zoom

Since their earliest days, Jews and Christians have wondered about how the world and all its inhabitants came to be.   Some have taken relevant biblical passages as straightforward accounts of what actually happened.  Others were more likely to discern the meaning of these texts through more symbolic or metaphorical approaches.  Modern advances in science have led to often heated exchanges over whether or not “biblical” and “scientific” understandings contradict each other or are compatible.  In our society such matters go beyond theological or academic discussion: for example, what should be taught in public schools?  Should we take seriously the proliferation of Conservative Christian “Creation” theme parks?  Is it possible to be both authentically Jewish and totally accepting of the results of well-founded scientific research?

Join us for this series to engage in conversation with our hosting scholars as well as each other on the topics of:

July 12
Parks, Parshahs, and Periodicals: What Are Americans Thinking?

July 19
Sacred Texts and Evolving Sects: Historical and Theological Trajectories

July 26
The Variety of Jewish and Christian Understandings in Response to Scientific Discoveries



Leonard Greenspoon (PhD, Harvard), a well-known scholar of Jewish Studies, is the Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University. He has published/edited over 30 books, including Jewish Bible Translations: Personalities, Passions, Politics, Progress.

Anthony Le Donne (PhD, Durham), a well-respected and widely published authority on Christianity, is Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary. He is the author/editor of seven books, including Near Christianity: How Journeys along Jewish-Christian Borders Saved My Faith in God.




This series is brought to you by the Community Engagement & Education arm of the Jewish Federation of Omaha in partnership with the Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Chair in Jewish Civilization at Creighton University