As regular readers of this blog may recall, I'm auditing a class in Christian history at Central Baptist Theological Seminary (an American Baptist institution) in Kansas City, Kan. (See archived blogs for Aug. 20, Sept. 8 and Oct. 3.) And I'm filling in lots of gaps in my storehouse of information.
We're required to do several papers for the class. Well, regular class members are. I suppose I could skip the writing of them since I'm only auditing the class. But I've decided to use the opportunity to write papers for the course so I can get comment from the professor, Robert Johnson. And I've decided to focus on these papers on the history of Jewish-Christian relations.
Well, I got my first paper back not long ago, and I was pleased that Dr. Johnson found that if he'd been grading me, he'd have given me an "A." One reason that especially pleases me is that I hope to use some of the material in these papers in a class I plan to co-teach next summer with a rabbi. It will be on how Jews and Christians view the world after the Holocaust, and will be offered the week of Aug. 7 at Ghost Ranch, the national Presbyterian conference center in Abiquiu, N.M.
I mention all this today simply to say that if you'd like to read my first paper -- which focuses on the first century after Christ -- send me an e-mail (at firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll return a Word document copy of it to you. I'm sure there are lots of things I could have said but didn't in this 11-page paper and I'm sure some scholars would take issue with me on some things. But perhaps you'll find it helpful. Let me know.
See my About page to find out how to read online what I've written for The Kansas City Star.
Todays' religious holiday: Simchat Torah (Judaism).