March 3, 2010
Dr. Sarah Tanzer, professor of New Testament and Early Judaism at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Ill., will be the featured speaker for the annual Goldstein Lecture to be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 18, in the UPS Auditorium of the Lincoln Center, 3627 Peters Avenue.
Tanzer’s address will be entitled “Do the Stereotypes Still Hold: Christian Universalism and Jewish Particularism?”
Aside from her lecture on the Morningside campus, Tanzer will also present the address “Jews and Christians Reading the Same Texts Differently: Creation as a Case in Point” during the 7:30 p.m. Shabbat Service at Congregation Beth Shalom, 815 38th Street, on Friday, March 19.
The Goldstein Lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies at Morningside College, the Jewish Federation of Sioux City, and Congregation Beth Shalom. The Goldstein Lectures are made possible through a permanent endowment provided by the Harold and Bernice Goldstein Foundation.
Tanzer’s address at the Shabbat Service is sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom and the Jewish Federation of Sioux City.
Both events are free and open to the public.
Tanzer’s lecture at Morningside will explore the origins of the traditional stereotypes of Christianity and Judaism, how they are related to certain socio-historical issues, and how both traditions view the concepts of the elect, or chosen people; and salvation, or redemption in the world to come.
Tanzer, a 1975 graduate of Dickinson College, received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1977 and a doctorate from Harvard University in 1987.
She has been a member of the faculty at McCormick Theological Seminary since 1986. Tanzer was awarded the first Frances Grabow Goldman Fellowship at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, where she taught and carried on her research from 1983-86. Earlier in her career she was the recipient of the Frank D. Knox Fellowship from Harvard University and spent a year studying at Oxford University in its newly created Jewish Studies in the Greco-Roman Period program.
While at Harvard, Tanzer spent a summer excavating at the Tel Anafa archaeological site in Israel and participated in two extended archaeological seminars in Greece. She also spent a year as a visiting research student on a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Tanzer is a member of the International Dead Sea Scrolls Team that is working to produce the first official edition of those texts that remain unpublished from the Qumran scrolls. She has scholarly interests in early century Jewish-Christian relations, the Gospel of John, and feminist approaches to early Judaism and Christianity.
Tanzer’s published works include “Ephesians” in Searching the Scriptures: A Feminist Commentary (1994), “The Historically Jewish Jesus Encounters One Modern Catholic Theologian: A Cautionary Tale” in The Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America (1994), “Judaisms of the First Century” in The Oxford Companion to the Bible (1993), and “Salvation is for the Jews: Secret Christian Jews in the Gospel of John” in The Future of Early Christians (1991).