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Interfaith Conference: The Binding of Isaac - Its Understanding in History and in the Present

Posted Oct 25, 2012

The "Binding of Isaac" is one of the most controversial narratives of the Old Testament for Christians, it is also a text that is shared by Jews, Christians and Muslims. A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice in cooperation with the University of Chicago Campus Ministry invites students, faculty, pastors and the public to a two-day conference on The Binding of Isaac in Genesis 22: Its Understanding in History and in the Present.

The free conference on November 15 (4:00pm - 9:00pm) and November 16 (9:00 - 12:30 am) will be held at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E. 55th Street, Chicago. International scholars will lead discussion of Genesis 22 (and parallels) from exegetical and theological perspectives at the crossroads of the three religions.

Scholars and discussions will include:


  • Dr. Isaac Kalimi (The University of Chicago) - The Aqedah in Rabbinic Thought
  • Dr. Walid Saleh (University of Toronto) - Quranic Interpretation (Tafsir) of the binding of Isaac
  • Dr. Esther Menn (The Ralph W. and Marilyn R. Klein Professor of Old Testament, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago) - Testing Isaac: Genesis 22 in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan and Interfaith Engagement with Scripture
  • Rev. Elizabeth Palmer (Ph. D. Candidate, University of Chicago Divinity School) - Faith Fleeing and Leaping: Luther and Kierkegaard’s Readings of Genesis 22


  • Dr. Jörg Jeremias (Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, University of Marburg) - A Contemporary Exegetical Perspective
  • Dr. James Crenshaw (The Robert L. Flowers Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Duke University) - Divine Vulnerability: A Reading of Genesis 22
  • Dr. Regina Schwartz (English Department, Northwestern University) - A New Jewish Reading

About CCME
A Center of Christian-Muslim Engagement for Peace and Justice (CCME) at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) fosters and deepens relations between Christians and Muslims as a significant part of its larger purpose of building bridges of mutual understanding, respect and cooperation among people of all faiths. It was founded on the conviction that Christians, Muslims, and neighbors of other faith traditions, in their co-humanity, created by and responsible before God, are called to know, respect and learn from on another, despite or even because of our differences. To learn more about the CCME, visit

About Lutheran Campus Ministry
Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Chicago (LCM) is a campus ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, seeking to serve the students, faculty, staff, and seminarians of the educational institutions in Hyde Park. Living in God's amazing grace and nurturing the whole person - mind, body, spirit - LCM invites young adults into fellowship, worship, study, and service.



Rev Elizabeth Palmer
Dr. Klaus-Peter Adam

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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