The Lux Center 2015 public lecture
Approximately 200 people were on hand to hear Dr. Nicolae Roddy of Creighton University deliver a lecture on the historical context of Jesus's ministry.
The Lux Center at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology sponsors a lecture annually on topics that aim to build dialog and common understanding between Catholics and Jews.
Following a Q&A session, guests visited the Dehon Library to see the Lux Center's Judaica collection there, and to meet and greet Dr. Roddy and SHSST professor emeritus Dr. Richard Lux.
See the pre-event program annoucement below.
How were the motivations of First Century Jewish movements rooted in their responses to Greek and Roman authorities, and how did this shape the reaction of the Judeans to the ministry of Jesus?
Creighton University’s Dr. Nicolae Roddy will explore these questions, how they relate to the works and words of Jesus, and the important ways this context influences the Christian and Jewish faiths today, in the Lux Center’s March 15 lecture.
Registration for this event is now closed.
“Jesus’ life and the Jewish response to his ministry are easily misunderstood if not seen in the context of the religious structures and political situation of the time,” Roddy notes. “Our work aims to shed new light on context of the day.”
Dr. Nicolae Roddy, an associate professor of theology at Creighton University, is a renowned archaeologist and a leading international authority on the historical context in which Jesus lived.
For the past 18 years, he has served as co-director and area supervisor for the Consortium of the Bethsaida Excavations Project, an archaeological site located near the Sea of Galilee. Sacred Heart is a consortium member. Dr. Roddy also co-directs the Virtual World Project, a web-based virtual reality resource dedicated to archaeology, and serves as Senior Editor for JOCABS, the journal of Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies.
Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund to speak at March 9 Lux Lecture
"How is archeology changing Jewish and Catholic identity?"
Well-known archeologist Rabbi Dr. Richard Freund will discuss exciting recent discoveries around the Sea of Galilee. Both the Jesus movement and the Rabbinical tradition emerged from this same soil. Freund will explore what Jews and Catholics may be able to share with respect to their common roots in that place.About Dr. Rabbi Freund:
Sunday, March 9 2:00 p.m.
Main Lobby, Sacred Heart School of Theology
7335 S. Highway 100, Franklin, Wis. 53132
This is a free public lecture, but registration is required.
Fr. Kevin Spicer, CSC, gives lecture on the role of Catholic Priests during the Nazi Holocaust
On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 27, the Rev. Kevin P. Spicer, CSC, Ph.D., (left), professor of history at Stonehill College in Boston, gave a presentation entitled “Catholics, Nazis, Jews: The Complex History” as part of the Lux Center’s Holocaust Study Institute. His lecture explored the actions, or inaction, of Germany’s Catholic priests in the face of the Nazis’ persecution of Europe’s Jews. Bonnie Shafrin (top center) of the Holocaust Education Resource Center, co-sponsor of the event, Dr. Richard Lux (top right), and the Rev. Scott Jones, SDS, Ph.D., of the SHST faculty, welcomed more than 100 guests attending the lecture.
Benefit dinner brings financial support
amid serious theology
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament and Jewish studies at Vanderbilt University, participated in several events sponsored by the Lux Center at Sacred Heart School of Theology April 19 through 21.
A., B. and E.: Levine and Milwaukee Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Richard Sklba teamed up to present dual lectures on how Catholics and Jews can benefit from understanding each other's faiths and scriptures, at a Lux Center fundraiser. About 160 Catholics and Jews attended the event, held at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid in Glendale, Wis.
C.: Levine conducted a workshop for faculty of SHST and other area colleges and universities on Friday afternoon, with Dr. Richard Lux. Her topic was, "Christian and Jewish Readings of the Parables: Theological and Pastoral Implications."
D and F.: Levine presented a two-hour lecture on "How to avoid anti-Jewish Teaching and Preaching" to about 200 seminarians, faculty, religious educators from the Milwaukee community, and international priests and nuns enrolled in SHST's English language program.
Benefit dinner plans gearing up
Community organizations and individuals are stepping forward eagerly to support the Lux Center's April 21 benefit dinner, featuring noted scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Bishop Richard Sklba. Catholic Financial Life, the Marcus Corporation Foundation, Bob and Mimi Habush, BMO Harris Bank, Beth Peterman in memory of her husband Bob Peterman, the Priests of the Sacred Heart, the Jewish Community Center, Atid Properties, and many others have stepped forward as sponsors. The Lux Center is extremely grateful for these organizations' contributions to Catholic-Jewish dialogue.
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Dr. Lux Video
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