Object lesson: Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish scholar who teaches New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School, says that when her son was young sheâ€™d bring him along to class, wearing his yarmulka and fringes. And then sheâ€™d say to the class for the benefit of the Christian students, â€śWhen you talk about Jews or Judaism, think about this child. Say nothing that will hurt him, and say nothing that will cause a member of your congregation to hurt him. Do not use Judaism as a foil, do not bear false witness against it, and do not make the Gospel of Love into a message of hateâ€ť (Currents in Theology and Mission, December).
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