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Catholic scholar to discuss a biblical illumination

March  07, 2013

While Jews and Christians share sacred texts, the two communities read, interpret and embody their traditions in distinctly different ways. Dr. Heather Miller Rubens will examine various interpretations of Isaiah’s Suffering Servant, including a biblical illumination from The Saint John’s Bible, at 7 p.m. April 17 in the Wilson Center, adjacent to the Augustana College Center, 3703 7th Ave., Rock Island.

The event is free and open to the public. Reservations appreciated. To RSVP, email or call Connie Huntley, (309) 794-7213.

Dr. Miller Rubens, this year’s Geifman Scholar-in-Residence at Augustana, is a specialist in interfaith dialogue as the Roman Catholic Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies in Baltimore, Md. Her presentation, “Exploring the Difference: Christian and Jewish Interpretations of Isaiah's Suffering Servant,” will explore important differences in the Jewish and Christian interpretative imaginations.

Her visit is sponsored by Augustana’s Geifman Endowment in Judaica, funded by Gerry and Morris M. Geifman. The endowment supports Judaic studies and culture, as well as guest lecturers, student scholarships and awards.

While on campus, Dr. Miller Rubens will spend time meeting with students. On April 18, she will meet with the Interfaith Understanding Group and other students to help them consider how they will engage in interreligious dialogue after college. She will challenge Augustana students to consider their own obligation to promote interreligious understanding and will help students evaluate opportunities for interreligious encounters. (The April 18 event is not open to the public.)

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833