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Menn co-editor of Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible

Posted May 8, 2007

Esther Menn, professor of Old Testament, is co-editor of the recently-released collection, Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible published by Fortress Press (ISBN 978-0-8006-3842-9). Contributors include Walter Brueggemann, David Novak, Ralph W. Klein, Barbara Bowe, David Fox Sandmel, Barbara Rossing, Steven Weitzman, Sarah Tanzer, and Laurence L. Edwards. Co-editors with Menn are Melody Knowles (McCormick Theological Seminary), John Pawlikowski (Catholic Theological Union), and Timothy J. Sandoval (Chicago Theological Seminary). Essays in the collection are drawn from presentations made at a landmark conference of the same name held at the Lutheran School of Theology in February 2005 and co-sponsored by several members of the Association of Theological Schools.

Contesting Texts examines the ways the Bible has served as both a bridge and a battleground between Christians and Jews. By acknowledging differences, the scholars and theologians included call members of both faiths to honest and respectful dialogue.

Esther Menn is a graduate of the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and the University of Chicago. She has taught in the department of religious studies at the University of Virginia and at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. She is currently writing a book about David and the Psalms in Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. Menn is dedicated to Jewish-Christian dialogue and is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Consultative Panel on Lutheran-Jewish Relations and of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations. Interfaith relations is a key component of "The World of the Bible: Ancient Sites and Current Struggles in the Holy Land," a travel seminar that Menn co-hosts every other year with Barbara Rossing, professor of New Testament at LSTC.

Contesting Texts: Jews and Christians in Conversation about the Bible is available through the LSTC Book Center for $29.00 (plus shipping and handling.)

Contact:

Cathleen Kelly
Manager, LSTC Book Center
773-256-0753
ckelly@lstc.edu

Jan Boden
Director of Communications
773-256-0744
jboden@lstc.edu

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