Online Friday Noon Study Group

November 29, 2019 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

May 29, 2020 12-1

The Noon Study Group will NOT meet on May 29.

At our Zoom session last week, May 22,

  • We briefly discussed various Christological conceptions of Jesus (was his nature divine or human?) and how those conceptions varied among Christian denominations.

  • We looked at potential differences between Jews and Christians in their attitudes towards “perfection,” using Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s essay, “The Tyranny of Perfection,” as a springboard for discussion (Boteach may be too binary in the distinctions he makes and in his characterization of how Christians value perfection).

  • We considered the geographical and social distinctions between the audiences for Paul’s letters to Philippi and Thessalonica

  • We admired Paul’s gifted use of rhetoric, at the outset and throughout his missive, in saying how proud he was (in Yiddish we call this shepping naches) of the Thessalonians’ steadfastness.

  • We then turned to the elephant in the room (actually in Chapter 2:14-16), in which Paul identifies the Jews as those “who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets.”  Our discussion included the accuracy of the charges (which Jews?  any Jews?  all Jews?) and the contributions such charges made to the promulgation of anti-Judaism through the ages.

When we meet again on June 5, we’ll conclude our study of Paul with a look at First Thessalonians, Chapters 3-5.  These include Paul’s exhortations to behave morally and his assurances about the “end times” salvation of the living (and the dead) who followed Christ.

Our informal discussion group will be conducted online every Friday from 12-1.   All are welcome to join us, regardless of their level of expertise or attendance at previous noon study group discussions.  Any copy of the New Testament is acceptable (the more versions the richer the conversation).  Our discussions will be supplemented by commentary drawn from The Jewish Annotated New Testament, edited by Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.  If you have questions, please contact Jay Jacoby at

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