Scriptural Reasoning Group

Exploring Together the Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Scriptures

Date & Time:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Winter/Spring 2017, every other week


free of charge, but registration required (see details below)


University of St. Thomas, St. Paul Campus

Join the Scriptural Reasoning group sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning and convened by Rabbi Yosi Gordon. This group is not only for religious professionals and experts, but for anyone committed to learning from and respecting sacred texts and traditions.

This study group will focus on representative texts from the scriptures of each of the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) and wrestle with the meanings of these ancient words and their impact on us today. The group will gather to engage in conversation, not conversion; in respectful listening rather than polemics. The goal is building personal connections among members of the group and gaining an appreciation of each tradition. 

"Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a tool for inter-faith dialogue whereby people of different faiths come together to read and reflect on their scriptures.  Unlike some forms of inter-faith engagement, it is not about seeking agreement but rather exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries, and learning to ‘disagree better’. The result is often a deeper understanding of others' and one’s own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities. SR is now practised globally, including in places affected by religion-related tensions and conflict" (University of Cambridge Inter-faith Programme,

Each session focuses on one topic as represented in the Qur'an, New Testament, and Torah. Topics include: wisdom, revelation, covenant, Abraham's journeys, and encountering God, among others.

For more information about dates, times, and to register, please email Hans Gustafson at

Rabbi Yosi Gordon has been teaching since 1957 and has been teaching at Talmud Torah of St. Paul since 1978. Before joining Talmud Torah of St. Paul, he attended Camp Ramah for fourteen summers, as a camper and staff member, and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem for three years. Rabbi Gordon worked as Associate and Acting Principal of the Los Angeles Hebrew High School. In 1978 he came to St. Paul, where he directed Talmud Torah of St. Paul for twelve years and helped found Talmud Torah of St. Paul Day School. He taught courses in Jewish studies and literature at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, and Hamline University. He has also published textbooks and articles in Hebrew language and Jewish studies. In 2000, Yosi won a Covenant Award in Jewish education. Yosi served for eighteen years as rabbi at Temple Sholom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he was known as the Chief Rabbi of the Chippewa Valley. At Talmud Torah, Yosi teaches Torah, Hebrew language, and Jewish thought to grades 6-12. 

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