Delve Deeper “Two Nations in your Womb: Jews and Christians in Late Antiquity”

via Zoom


This course explores the early history of Jewish-Christian relations in “Late Antiquity” (ca. 200-600 C.E.), a time of profound social, cultural, and religious transformation. This was a foundational period for the development of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, parallel to each other but also in conversation with each other. From both Jewish and Christian perspectives, this course will examine key ideas and practices, methods of interpreting sacred texts, and views of the “Other” and the “Self” that characterized Jewish-Christian relations in this dynamic period.


Benny Bar-Lavi is the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence in Jewish Studies and Jewish-Christian Relations at Providence College. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago, where he also taught courses in Jewish civilization and in the history of political thought. His research interests include early modern European history, Judaism and Islam in Christian and post-Christian thought, the Western Sephardi Diaspora, and the history of Jewish thought. His current book project is tentatively titled Politics Against God: Judaism and Islam in the Political-Theological Discourses of Early Modernity.

Arthur Urbano is Professor of Theology and Chair of the Jewish-Catholic Theological Exchange Committee at Providence College. He earned his M.Div. in Scripture at Harvard Divinity School and his Ph.D. in Religious Studies at Brown University. His research focuses on the history, theology, and culture of Early Christianity, with a focus on the relations between Christians and other groups in Late Antiquity. He teaches courses in the Bible, Early Christianity and Jewish-Christian Relations. He has been involved in interfaith work at PC and nationally since 2007.

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Delve Deeper is an adult education initiative that brings dynamic teachers to present in-depth, university level Judaic courses to a diverse group of adult learners. Delve Deeper programs are presented in cooperation with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and area synagogues including: Congregation Beth Sholom, Temple Beth-El, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Habonim, Temple Sinai, and Temple Torat Yisrael. Financial support is provided by the Joseph and Jacqueline Teverow Memorial Fund at the Jewish Federation Foundation of Greater Rhode Island. All are welcome to join!
Event Dates
Monday from Monday, February 5, 2024 through Monday, March 18, 2024
Event time
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cost / donation
$175 (scholarships available)