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December 1, 2001

Conference Schedule

10.00 to 10.30 a.m. in the Commons Lobby
Registration, coffee and refreshments

10.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Commons Lecture Hall
Plenary Address by James Kugel

  • Welcome by Sylvia Kaufman
    (West Shore Committee for Jewish/Christian Dialogue)
  • Introduction of James Kugel by Calvin professor Frans van Liere
  • Plenary address by *James L. Kugel (Harvard University and Bar Ilan University) on "Can Jews and Christians Ever Agree on What the Bible Means?"

12.00 to 1.30 p.m. in the Commons Board Room

1.30 to 3.00 p.m. in the Commons Lecture Hall
Panel Discussion moderated by Frans van Liere

  • Sheldon Kopperl (Grand Valley State University)
  • Carl J. Bosma (Calvin Theological Seminary)
  • Daniel C. Harlow (Calvin College)
  • R. David Krishef (Congregation Ahavas Israel)

3.00 to 3.30 p.m. in the Commons Lobby
Tea and refreshments

3.30 to 5.00 p.m. in Hiemenga Hall 331
Parallel session 1 on New Testament and Rabbinical Literature moderated by Calvin religion and theology professor Kenneth E. Pomykala

  • Christopher B. Kaiser (Western Theological Seminary)
    The Deliverance of Mother Earth. 4 Ezra and Paul, Reading Genesis 3
  • Phillip Munoa (Hope College)
    The Vision of Daniel and Christian martyrdom in Acts, Revelation, and the Passion of Perpetua

3.30-5.00 p.m. in Hiemenga Hall 332
Parallel session 2 on Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages moderated by Hope professor Barry Bandstra

  • Donald J. Uitvlugt (Notre Dame University)
    Biblical Exegesis and Anti-Jewish Polemic in Visigothic Spain
  • Frans van Liere (Calvin College)
    Andrew of Saint Victor (d. 1175) and His Jewish Sources

7.30-9.00 p.m. at the GVSU Eberhard Center
Public Lecture by James L. Kugel on " Adam and Eve: Whose Fault Was It?"
Introduced by Stephen Rowe of Grand Valley State University)

*James L. Kugel is Starr Professor of Classical, Modern Jewish, and Hebrew Literature at Harvard University and Professor of Bible at Bar Ilan University in Israel. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the history of Biblical interpretation, including a widely acclaimed study on the history of the interpretation of the Torah in Antiquity, The Bible as It Was (Harvard UP, 1997).

More About the West Shore Committee for Jewish/Christian Dialogue

This conference is the first of a series of annual scholarly conferences sponsored by Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, and Western Theological Seminary, and initiated by the West Shore Committee for Jewish/Christian Dialogue. The objective is to provide programming for West Michigan academics, students and the general public that leads to greater interfaith understanding and mutual acceptance, an extension of the mission of the West Shore Committee for Jewish/Christian Dialogue.

Since 1991, the West Shore Committee has provided a major dialogue program of regional and national significance every three years. The following internationally acclaimed scholars have participated Bishop/Dean Emeritus Krister Stendahl, Rabbi/Professor David Hartman, Prof. Martin Marty, Father Richard John Neuhaus, Rabbi/Dr. Irving Greenberg, and Prof. Harvey Cox. The next major dialogue will take place at the Frauenthal Center in Muskegon on October 28, 2003 with James Carroll, Rabbi Irving Greenberg and Bishop Stendahl moderating. The West Shore Committee has also provided a variety of scholar-in-residence weekends and experiential events.

For more information, contact Sylvia Kaufman at (231) 727-3407 or

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