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Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College presents a talk by Bruce Chilton and Jacob Neusner, "Making Time Holy in Judaism and Christianity," on Tuesday, December 9. Free and open to the public, the program begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center.

"Out of the sacrificial festivals of ancient Israel, both Judaism and Christianity have fashioned sacred calendars. They mark the year in feasts and fasts that shape the belief, practices, and emotional attitudes of the devout and not so devout of both traditions," says Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard. "These calendars intersect and diverge in ways that powerfully evoke what makes these two religions irreconcilable in their claims of absolute truth-and indivisible in their common inheritance of faith in a single God. Our session is designed to be of seasonal interest for practitioners of both religions, and to illuminate their varying views of time and eternity."

Bruce Chilton, executive director of the Institute of Advanced Theology, is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism and the author of the first critical translation of the Aramaic account of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum, 1987). He has written academic studies placing Jesus in his Jewish context (Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography, 2000; Pure Kingdom, 1996; The Temple of Jesus, 1992; and The Galilean Rabbi and His Bible, 1984). Chilton has taught in Europe at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament). Throughout his career he has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church; he is currently rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York.

Jacob Neusner is Research Professor of Religion and Theology and senior fellow of the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. He received his Ph.D. in religion from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and his rabbinical degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also holds seven honorary doctorates and numerous other academic honors. He has published more than 800 books and articles. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida, among others. He is a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey, and life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, in England. Neusner was president of the American Academy of Religion, a member of the founding committee of the Association for Jewish Studies, and founder of the European Association of Jewish Studies. He served on the National Council on the Humanities under President Carter and National Council on the Arts under President Reagan. Neusner's research professorship at Bard College is supported, in part, by a grant from the Tisch Family Foundation of New York City.

The Institute of Advanced Theology was established to foster critical understanding based on scholarship, which aims to make true religious pluralism possible. Since its inception in 1996, the Institute's work has focused on how religions influence history, society, and other religions, and are in turn influenced by them. The Institute gratefully acknowledges support from members of the Institute, the Crohn Family Trust, and Tisch Family Foundation, as well as grants from The Levy Economics Institute and Bard College.

For further information, call the Institute office at 845-758-7279, e-mail, or visit

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