November 2021

November 4: Controversial Women in the Bible
November 23: The Bible With and Without Jesus
Video Recording of Cookson Lecture by Christy Coleman
For more information, please contact the Robert Nusbaum Center
Controversial Women in Awkward Places: Sex, Betrayal, and Biblical Women
Thursday, November 4
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
(Meet in Chrysler Lobby; face masks required)

Lot’s daughters. The woman caught in adultery. Lilith, Hagar, Mary, Abigail, Eve. Some of the most striking paintings in the Chrysler collection focus on women in the Bible who faced challenges. Join Nusbaum Center Director Craig Wansink on a walking tour through the Chrysler Museum of Art, as we look through the eyes of women in the Bible.
The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently
Tuesday, November 23
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 

Christians frequently have read Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 53, Psalm 22, Genesis 1-2, and other scripture passages in ways that differ radically from how Jews would understand the same texts. In The Bible With and Without Jesus: How Jews and Christians Read the Same Stories Differently (HarperOne, 2020), Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler look at such texts and explore not only how Jews and Christians read the same Bible stories through different lenses, but also how Jews and Christians can learn from and understand each other better. Dr. Levine is a widely appreciated and prolific New Testament scholar who has spent the great majority of her career teaching—as she describes it— in a predominantly Protestant divinity school in the buckle of the Bible Belt. In this Zoom presentation, Levine discusses this ground-breaking book, and shows us how to read scripture more critically.
Amy-Jill Levine is the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary, and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies Emerita, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies Emerita, and Professor of New Testament Studies Emerita at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of many books, including The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi.

Registration for Zoom presentation required by November 19.
Register online below or call 757.455.3129.
Video Recording: How Shall We Remember? Changing Narratives around Early Virginia, Slavery, and the Confederacy by Christy Coleman, Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

In October, the Robert Nusbaum Center welcomed Christy Coleman as the annual Catharine Cookson lecturer. Coleman has held leadership positions at some of the nation’s most prominent museums, including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan, the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Virginia, and currently serves as the executive director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
In 2018, Time Magazine named her one of the 31 People Changing the South and in 2019, Worth Magazine named her one of 29 Women Changing the World.
If you haven’t yet heard her talk, we encourage you to view the lecture.

Dr. Craig Wansink, Professor of Religious Studies and the Joan P. and Macon F. Brock Jr.
Director of the Robert Nusbaum Center

Kelly Jackson, Associate Director of the Robert Nusbaum Center

Dr. Eric Mazur, Gloria and David Furman Professor of Judaic Studies and Robert Nusbaum Center Fellow for Religion, Law, and Politics