5.110: Who Are ‘the Jews’ in John’s Passion Narrative?

Co-hosts Katie & Kathryn speak with Amy-Jill Levine, asking, "Who are 'the Jews' in John's passion narrative?"


Welcome back to season five of Enter the Bible, a podcast in which we share “Everything You Wanted to Know about the Bible…but were afraid to ask.”

In episode 11 of season 5, our hosts are joined by the Amy-Jill Levine (“AJ”) who is the Rabbi Stanley M. Kessler Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace; and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, Emerita, at Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Today our theologians will be answering the listener-submitted question, “Who are ‘the Jews’ in John’s passion narrative?”

Show notes

Biblical books and passages mentioned

  • John

Topics, themes and figures mentioned

  • Passion Narrative
  • Crucifixion
  • Antagonist
  • Judaios
  • Anti-Judaism
  • Midrash
  • Anachronism
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Fragility
  • Martyr
  • Pharisees
  • Sadducees
  • Adele Reinhartz

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Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M. Schifferdecker

Kathryn M Schifferdecker came to Luther Seminary as an assistant professor of Old Testament in 2006. Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 2001, Schifferdecker was associate pastor for five years at Trinity Lutheran Church, Arkdale, Wisc., before coming to Luther. Schifferdecker is a frequent contributor to workingpreacher.org, Word & World and the author of Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard University Press, 2008). She is currently writing a commentary on the book of Esther.

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Katie Langston

Katie Langston

Katie Langston is a doubter by nature and a believer by grace. She grew up Mormon in a small Utah town and still isn't sure she fits in anywhere sophisticated enough to have a Target. She's the author of Sealed: An Unexpected Journey into the Heart of Grace, an acclaimed spiritual memoir about her conversion to orthodox Christianity. Katie works as the director of digital strategy for Luther Seminary's innovation team, where she oversees digital projects aimed at cultivating vibrant Christian spirituality in a post-modern, post-Christian cultural context.

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