Rabbi Michael Cook Speaks at JCC Indy’s Ann Katz Festival of Books

The Ann Katz Festival of Books is underway at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center; this Tuesday hear author Rabbi Michael Cook speak on his new book. Modern Jews Engage the New Testament is a an access point for Jews in today’s society into the New Testament. Cook shares the idea that interfaith discussion is important and modern Jews should be knowledgeable about all faiths. The program begins at 7:00 pm at the Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center in Indianapolis.

As a professor of Intertestamental and Early Christian Literature’s at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Rabbi Michael Cook speaks out of a wide base of knowledge about Christian texts. Under the term Gospel Dynamics, Cook decodes anti-semitism in the New Testament. In his book, Jews of today are encouraged to understand and confront the anti-Judaism that permeates the New Testament and Christian societies that root in that heritage.

Rabbis Michael Cook brings to light a tendency towards theological agenda and bias in the Four Gospels and in Epistles. The oral history of the Gospel writers, which continued four to six decades after Jesus’ life, are presented with an eye on increasingly hostile feelings Judaism and the Synagogue. This attitude came to dominate the Church at this time. By shedding light on this interpretation of the New Testament, Cook hopes to break down gaps in understanding between Christian and Jews, Christians and their own religion and the Jewish struggle through many Christian societies.

Without fear of Diaspora, which historically plagued the Jewish culture, Cook takes advantage of his opportunities as a Jew in the modern world to speak freely about his interpretation of the New Testaments role in severing Christian-Jew relationships. Cook presents his arguments and ideas as a portion of the cannon of discussion between all faiths on the origins of holy writings from every faith. The title of Rabbi Michael Cook’s book alone is telling about the spirit of conversation encourgaed in his work. Modern Jews are encouraged to engage with their own faith and outside faiths in a new way, representative of the culture we now live in.

Catch Rabbi Michael Cook this Tuesday evening at JCC Indy’s Ann Katz Festival of Books. This Indianapolis festival works hard to bring an array of authors to the Circle City over the course of November. This evening is sure to provide a fresh perspective for all faiths and contribute widely to Indianapolis educaiton and Indianapolis culture. Tickets are $5.00 for Indianapolis people and $3.00 for JCC Indy members. For more information on other upcoming events in the Ann Katz Festival of Books, visit JCC Indy’s website.

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Ann Katz Festival of Books
Rabbi Michael Cook
November 17, 7:00 pm

Arthur M. Glick Jewish Community Center
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46260