Amy-Jill Levine, a widely respected New Testament Scholar, will deliver an address “Agreeing to Disagree: How Jews and Christians Read Scripture Differently” at an interfaith dinner at Grace Episcopal Church, Hinsdale, at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30th. Although Jews and Christians share common books—the Jewish Tanakh and the Christian Old Testament—we read our shared stories in different ways. Differences in translation, punctuation, definitions, theology, emphasis and even canonical order all lead to differences in community self-definition. What prompts these differences, and what do they suggest about Jewish and Christian priorities? Among the items to be discussed: messianic expectations and the "virgin birth"; the identity of Isaiah's "suffering servant," the identity of the Deity who speaks in the plural in Genesis ("Let us make humankind in our image"), the events in the Garden of Eden ("original sin" or "human nature"), the varying view of the land of Israel (a point that leads to different views of Israel/Palestine today), the depiction of sexuality, and the role of Law. Levine has described herself as an Orthodox Jewish feminist who teaches at a liberal Christian seminary in the buckle of the Bible Belt (Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, TN).