Rabbi Dr. Michael Cook to Headline Spartanburg Interfaith Connections Program, Nov. 11-13

November 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Spartanburg, S.C. – Rabbi Dr. Michael Cook, professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literatures, will deliver a series of four lectures in Spartanburg as part of a program sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC called “Conversations between Christians and Jews – Third Annual Spartanburg Interfaith Connections.” The series runs from Nov. 11 – 13 and is free and open to the public. 

Friday, November 11
“Close Encounters of the Religious Kind: Jewish Children and Their Christian Friends” will be held at Temple B’nai Israel at 7:30 p.m. For more information contact Kelly Nester at office@ourtemple.us or (864) 582-2001.

 Saturday, November 12
“Parables of Jesus Through a Jewish Filter: What is Jewish About Them?” will be held at Morningside Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. For more information contact Kathy Green at kgreen@msidechurch.org or (864) 585-5457.

“Is There Really Prejudice Against Jews in the Bible?: How to Approach the Problem of the Problem” will be held at the University of South Carolina Upstate in the Great Room of the University Readiness Center at 4:00 p.m. For more information contact Dr. David Damrel at ddamrel@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5798.

Sunday, November 13
“Annunciations, Magi and Nativities: Revealing the Symbols of Judaism!” will be discussed at Central United Methodist Church at 9:45 a.m. For more information contact Rev. Alex Stevenson at info@centralumcspartanburg.org or (864) 582-7263.

Cook’s specialty is the New Testament, and with extensive expertise in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, Cook says he is possibly the only rabbi in the U.S. with a professorial chair in New Testament studies. He has produced an extensive collection of lecture titles, books, articles, online publications and videos. Cook holds the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professorship in Judaeo-Christian Studies at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion/Cincinnati (HUC-JIR). He studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York, and earned his doctorate at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati.

Dr. David Damrel, assistant professor of religion at USC Upstate, notes that, “Rabbi Cook’s lectures in Spartanburg offer the community a rare and exciting opportunity to explore what might seem to be familiar religious ideas, beliefs and symbols from a fresh and stimulating perspective. USC Upstate is delighted to participate in this kind of lively public and scholarly discussion of contemporary issues in religious diversity and interaction.”

This program is sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities (www.schumanities.org) whose goal is to inspire, engage and enrich South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage; together with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (www.isjl.org).