Dr. Michael Cook, a renowned New Testament Scholar and Rabbi, will lead us in “Charting Our Ways Through Today’s Religious Maze” on November 4-6 as our scholar-in-residence at the Temple.
The Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Dr. Cook is the only rabbi in America with a Full-Professorial Chair in New Testament. Here’s the schedule for the first in our series of Encounters with Judaism:
Friday, November 4:
· “Jews, Jesus, & "Gospel Dynamics: Why the Future Is Not What It Used to Be.” Our abbreviated Shabbat worship service begins at 7 p.m., followed by Dr. Cook’s talk and an Oneg Shabbat. Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. for those with reservations. Cost is $16 per person. Your check is your reservation. Reservations are required no later than Sunday, October 30. Checks to “The Temple” should be sent to 5200 Old Mill Road, Fort Wayne, 46807. After that date, call the office at 744-4245 to make sure space is available.
Saturday, November 5:
· Our Shabbat service begins at 10:30 a.m. Dr. Cook will give the D’var Torah. Kiddush luncheon follows. There is no charge for lunch, but reservations are required no later than Sunday, October 30 to 744-4245 so that we can plan enough food. After that date, call the office to see if space is available.
· “If Jewish History Goes in Cycles, Where Are We Today Regarding Roman Catholics, Liberal Protestants, Evangelicals & Muslims?” Dr. Cook will speak at 8 p.m. at the Temple, followed by dessert and coffee.
Sunday, November 6:
· "Jesus in the Talmud: The Legacy for Modern Times." Dr. Cook will speak at 10:30 a.m. as part of our Munch ‘n More offerings. (The program is open to all, but please make a reservation to 744-4245 by Wednesday, November 2.)
· “Praying For & Preying On the Jews: Why Do Missionaries Target Our Youth and How Must Jews Respond?” Dr. Cook will present this program for Jewish high school students during their regular Religious School class time beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Cook also will participate on Friday morning in a Clergy Institute with Rabbi Cattapan and his colleagues examining “Five Jewish Approaches to Jesus and Paul: Are They Viable?” Thank you to the Dr. Harry W. Salon Foundation and the Temple’s Kathryn Kann Mendelblat Fund for supporting his visit.
In 2003, Dr. Cook was one of the seven scholars selected by the Catholic Secretariat for Interreligious and Ecumenical Affairs to assess the accuracy of the advance script of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." It was Gibson's reaction to the Scholars' Report that generated much of the ensuing controversy over the film. Dr. Cook is the only rabbi in America with a Full-Professorial Chair in New Testament.
He is a graduate of Haverford College, specializing in classical history and early church literature. After study at Hebrew University, Jerusalem, he earned an M.A. in Hebrew Literature, and Ordination, at New York's branch of HUC-JIR (1970). His doctoral work, at Cincinnati's campus, focused on the Second Temple period and concentrated on New Testament.
His major new book is Modern Jews Engage the New Testament: Enhancing Jewish Well-Being in a Christian Environment (Woodstock, VT: Jewish Lights, 2008). Rabbi Cook travels widely, addressing Jewish and Christian audiences, including academicians and clergy, throughout North America. More information and a list of Dr. Cook's extensive publications can be found at http://huc.edu/faculty/faculty/cook.shtml.
Thank you to the Scholar-in-Residence Committee: Rabbi Cattapan, Bruce Colegrove, Myra Rudin, Jan Sarratore, Jaki Schreier, Sally Trotter, Ellen Weber, Cindi Wismer, Beth Zweig.