Christian scholars to speak on how Judaism transformed their faith

In the recently published Faith Transformed: Christian Encounters With Jews and Judaism, 11 Christian scholars who have been at the forefront of Christian-Jewish relations explain how their encounters with Jews and Judaism have transformed their understanding and practice of Christian faith.

Two of those scholars, Alice Eckardt and John Merkle, will discuss some of the book’s themes in a talk at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, at the Performance Hall of Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S.

The talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Learning of the University of St. Thomas and St. John’s University, and is co-sponsored by the Literary Arts Institute and Project Logos. A book signing will follow the talk.

Eckardt, one of the book’s senior contributors, is professor emerita of religious studies at Lehigh University and former resident scholar at the Oxford Centre for Postgraduate Hebrew Studies. She has written extensively on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Jewish-Christian relations and has served as a consultant to the President’s Commission on the Holocaust.

Merkle, the book’s editor, is professor of theology at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and is associate director of the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish-Christian Relations. He has written several books and essays on Jewish theology and Jewish-Christian relations.

For more information call the Jay Phillips Center, (651) 962-5788.