The Lent 2020 lectionary readings from the Gospel of John are challenging for Christians trying to counter anti-Jewish/anti-Semitic interpretations of these stories. The choices seem stark, and the enemies seem clear. What alternative readings could there be that do not perpetuate dangerous interpretations that have been - and continue to be -- the excuse for violence against Jews and others?
In a time when anti-Semitic violence is on the rise our responsibility as Christians to dismantle anti-Jewish/anti-Semitic readings of the Bible is crucial. And given the key role anti-Semitism plays in upholding white supremacy, for white Christians this responsibility is even more pressing.
In this webinar, we will offer an historical overview of the context of John’s gospel, basic definitions of anti-Semitism and its Biblical roots, key corrections to anti-Jewish readings of the texts, and possible new interpretations that hold the complexity of the 4 stories with more care.
The 4 stories are:
John 3:1-17 (Nicodemus)
John 4:5-42 (The Samaritan Woman)
John 9:1-41 (The Blind Man)
John 11:1-45 (Mary, Martha, Lazarus)
This webinar will be particularly useful for Christian clergy, seminarians, and lay leaders committed to dismantling anti-Semitism. That said, all are welcome to join and learn.
The webinar will be led by Rev. Anne Dunlap, Faith Coordinator for Showing Up for Racial Justice.