Speaking of the Pharisees


Henry Ossawa Tanner  - Jesus and Nicodemus

Henry Ossawa Tanner - Jesus and Nicodemus

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Chairs: Gabriele Boccaccini, Archie Wright
Secretary: Joshua Scott

Language: English

The focus of this discussion is the intersection between research and public understanding of the Pharisees. Recent scholarship, including The Pharisees (Sievers & Levine, 2021), recognizes both the historical role of the Pharisees within the life of early Judaism and the eventual merging of “Pharisee” and “Jew” in our cultural imagination. However, this research has not yet found a place in popular discourse, where “Pharisee” and “pharisaic” remain terms of disapprobation and where such negative usage can convey antisemitic impressions. A collection of world experts will explore how scholars and laity may present the Pharisees in teaching and preaching.


  • • Harold Attridge
  • • Kelley Coblentz Bautch
  • • Philip A. Cunningham
  • • Mireille Hadas-Lebel
  • • Susannah Heschel
  • • Amy-Jill Levine
  • • Hermut Löhr
  • • Steve Mason
  • • Scot McKnight
  • • Craig Morrison
  • • Adele Reinhartz
  • • David Rosen
  • • Joseph Sievers

This event is proudly cosponsored by several international organizations:

  • American Jewish Committee
  • Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA)
  • Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR)
  • Enoch Seminar
  • Frankel Center for Judaic Studies
  • International Council of Christians and Jews
  • Michigan Center for Early Christian Studies (MCECS)
  • Pontifical Biblical Institute
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)

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Event Schedule

All times are based on Eastern Daylight Time/New York Time Zone

  • 2:00-2:05 – Kelley Coblentz-Bautch – Welcome on behalf of the Enoch Seminar
  • 2:05-2:10 – Archie Wright – Welcome on behalf of the Catholic Biblical Association of America
  • 2:10-2:15 – Joseph Sievers
  • 2:15-2:20 – Craig Morrison
  • 2:20-2:25 – Steve Mason
  • 2:25-2:30 – Hermut Löhr
  • 2:30-2:35 – Harold W. Attridge
  • 2:35-2:40 – Mireille Hadas-Lebel
  • 2:40-2:45 – Susannah Heschel
  • 2:45-2:50 – Adele Reinhartz
  • 2:50-2:55 – Scot McKnight
  • 2:55-3:00 – Philip A. Cunningham
  • 3:00-3:05 – David Rosen
  • 3:05-3:10 – A.-J. Levine
  • 3:10-3:28 – Open Discussion
  • 3:28-3:30 – Gabriele Boccaccini – Closing


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