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A Common Word: Jewish Reflections

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February 20, 2012:

Dr. Peter Ochs, the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia and a leading interpreter of Jewish thought, shares his insights on the need for trilateral dialogue in light of Pope Benedict’s controversial remarks on Islam during his address at the University of Regensburg.

 

Dr. Peter Ochs is the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia and a leading interpreter of Jewish thought, especially its relations with other religious traditions.  Prof. Ochs is a co-founder of  “Scriptural Reasoning,” a process in which scholars from various faith traditions participate in the communal practice of reading sacred scriptures, in small groups, together, in order to create new conversations and relationships. 

Dr. Ochs has written and contributed to many volumes including Another Reformation:  Postliberal Christianity and the Jews.  In recent years he has taken a special interest in the emerging Christian-Jewish-Muslim dialogue.  In particular he has focused on the significance of the document A Common Word issued by an eminent group of Muslim scholars to enhance the dialogue between Christianity and Islam in the wake of Pope Benedict’s controversial remarks on Islam in his address at the University of Regensburg.  Professor Ochs will reflect on the possible role of this document for trilateral dialogue.

Cosponsored by DePaul University's Department of Religious Studies and the Center for Interreligious Engagement.

Featuring: Dr. Peter Ochs