The Borough Park Symposium (BPS) is a gathering of Jewish people who explore issues related to Yeshua, the Messiah, Messianic Judaism, Israel, etc.
February 2020 marked our fifth symposium, and was unique in that, the dialogue included Jewish academics who do not believe in Jesus as the Messiah, but have written and published on our topic: Jesus and the New Testament from a Jewish perspective.
Dr. Kinzer spoke on the topic of "A Messianic Jewish Perspective on Luke-Acts" from the context of the exegesis he did in preparing his book Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen.
In his book and this talk, he attempts to provide the perspective of the author/final editor of Luke and Acts in the years after the destruction of Jerusalem. He offers a reading of Luke and Acts which highlights the Lukan eschatological message and its concern for the City of Jerusalem and the Jewish People, first from a Messianic Jewish reading and then contrasted by the traditional Christian construal.
Dr. A.J. Levine provided a Jewish response to Kinzer's talk in which she relays areas of agreement and areas of "discussion." This is followed by a question and answer period.
Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt (Divinity and A&S). She is also Affiliated Professor at the Woolf Institute: Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge, England. Dr. Levine has held grants from the Mellon Foundation, NEH, and ACLS, and she has held office in the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the Association for Jewish Studies. She served as Alexander Robertson Fellow (University of Glasgow), and the Catholic Biblical Association Scholar to the Philippines. In Spring 2019, she was the first Jew to teach New Testament at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute. She has given more than 500 lectures on the Bible, Christian-Jewish relations, and religion, gender, and sexuality across the globe. Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus; Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi; The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us (with Douglas Knight); The New Testament, Methods and Meanings (with Warren Carter); and The Gospel of Luke (with Ben Witherington III; the first full-length biblical commentary co-authored by a Jew and an Evangelical).
Witness to God's Eternal Faithfulness: Israel according to Jakob Jocz
A lecture delivered by Dr. Kinzer at Wycliffe College in Toronto, Canada in the Spring of 2019. Jakob Jocz was a third generation Hebrew Christian. He became associated with the Church Mission to Jews. Jocz ministered in Poland after completing his ordination. He received a PhD and DLitt from Edinburgh University. He served several parishes in England. He lost numerous family members in the holocaust. In 1956 Jocz came to Canada, with his wife Joan to be the superintendent of the Nathanael Institute in Toronto. This placement did not last long and in 1960 he became the professor of Systematic Theology at Wycliffe College. He spent 16 years at Wycliffe. While at Wycliffe Jocz wrote numerous books about Israel and the Canadian Church. He was also a columnist for the Canadian Churchman. Jocz died in 1983.
Israel Bible Center Round Table Talk with Dr. Mark S. Kinzer
Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser of the Israel Bible Center conducted a 5 part interview with Kinzer regarding his new book, "Jerusalem Crucified, Jerusalem Risen." The Israel Bible Center is an Israeli educational institution designed for Christians who desire to discover the Jewish background and culture of their faith. Dr. Schaser works there as Professor of Hebrew Bible. He is also an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Macalester College and the Adjunct Instructor of the New Testament at Bethel Seminary (both in St. Paul, Minnesota). Professor Schaser’s research interests include rabbinic literature and the Jewishness of the New Testament, with particular focus on Midrash and the Gospel of Matthew.