Messianic Reflections: Judaism and Christianity in Light of Advent
As we enter the Advent season, we are summoned to reflection, humility, and hope. This year we will be exploring the complex and often troubled relationships between Christian and Jewish communities–both in history and the present. Our three lectures will invite us to ponder the Jewishness of Jesus and the importance of the Jewish-Christian relationship in our time.
Dec. 7 – The Advent and Judaism: Revisiting a Difficult History
Dec. 14 – The Advent and Handel’s Messiah: Interpreting the Old Testament Musically
Dec. 21 – The Advent and Expectation: How Jesus’ Second Coming Speaks to Our Deepest Concerns
All lectures will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings in the Washington Room. Sponsored by the Adult Issues Class and the Adult Ministries Committee. Open to everyone.
Lecturer: Matthew D. Taylor
Matthew D. Taylor is a PhD student in Theology and Religious Pluralism at Georgetown University. He particularly studies Islam and Christianity with a focus on the relationships Christian and Muslim communities have with their sacred texts in the modern world. After six years as a college minister, he earned an MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He also has a BA in English and Religious Studies from the University of California, Irvine, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Matt has spoken at events for the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington. An involved member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, he leads the Midweek Bible study on Wednesday nights. Follow him @TaylorMatthewD.