THE PARABLES OF JESUS FROM JEWISH PERSPECTIVE
October 15-29 2020
Kathleen Rusnak Ph.D
After ordination in 1980, in what today is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Master of Divinity—Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago), Kathleen served as parish pastor, hospice chaplain (Master of Sacred Theology—New York Theological Seminary), as adjunct college instructor in Holocaust studies (Ph.D.—Drew University, New Jersey), and the theological Study Program Coordinator at a European Christian moshav/kibbutz in Galilee, Israel, focused on reconciliation with Jews and learning Judaism, after the Holocaust. At a conference in Jerusalem, Kathleen heard a rabbinic parable that paralleled a parable of Jesus’. That Jesus’ teaching was not entirely original but was informed and shaped by Jewish source material was a theological paradigm-shift for Kathleen. This led to further study, resulting in this course.