Pittsburgh Theological Seminary with The Agency for Jewish Learning will offer an inter-religious study group meeting once monthly September 2010-May 2011. Theodore Chertok, Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel and Jerome Creach, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, will lead the discussions.

In this study group, clergy and laity will look at texts from the Book of Psalms, considering particularly how they are understood within both the Jewish and Christian traditions. Each evening, following initial contributions by the presenters, participants will have the opportunity to join in an extended discussion of the selected Psalms.

The first class will meet on the Seminary campus, 616 N. Highland Ave. The remaining classes will alternate between the Seminary and The Agency for Jewish Learning, 2740 Beechwood Blvd.
Cost is $160 and 1.6 Continuing Education Units are available. Contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345 or ConEd@testsite.pts.edu to register or for more information. Learn more.

Chertok, on sabbatical in the U.S.A., has been most recently director of the Ginsburg-Ingerman Overseas Students Program at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva, Israel, and lecturer at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He is a graduate of Jerusalem College (B.Ed.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), and Ben-Gurion University (Ph.D.). The recipient of a number of study and travel grants, Ted has authored a book and a variety of articles on topics related to the individual and community, feminism, and “the other.” He is interested especially in the thought of the 19th-century rabbi, Samson Raphael Hirsch. Ted is a frequent presenter in both Israel and the U.S.A., and he has spoken recently in Boston, Los Angeles, and Seattle.

Creach is the Robert C. Holland Professor of Old Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He taught previously at Barton College, the College of William & Mary , Randolph-Macon College, and the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Jerome is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.; Th.M.) and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Ph.D.). Ordained in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he has also served congregations in Virginia and North Carolina. The author of four books and numerous articles, Jerome is especially interested in Old Testament theology and the appropriation of the Bible for the life of the church. The Psalms and Prophets are his primary areas of research.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.