In the Absence of the Religious Other: Interreligious Encounter through Text Study in Theological Education, A Response by Karla R. Suomala to Melissa Heller

In her response to Melissa Heller's article, “Jewish-Christian Encounter Through Text: An Interfaith Course for Seminarians,” Suomala discusses how using traditionally Jewish methods of studying sacred text, i.e., hevruta-style partner groups, can also work in the undergraduate classroom.  While an interreligious encounter around sacred text is a more optimal avenue to fruitful and productive learning across religious boundaries, many colleges and seminaries aren't located in settings where this is possible.  Suomala considers how instructors and professors might proceed, using Heller's approach, in the absence of the religious other.

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