The Pharisees: What We Don’t Know Can Hurt Us

February 6, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Georgetown Law Center Gewirz 12 Map

In Christian writings and homilies through the centuries, “Pharisee” has served as a label for one who is hypocritical, self-righteous, legalistic, or money-loving. Unfortunately, the image has fed—and continues to foment—negative perceptions of Jews in general and other persons or groups the speaker or writer despised. But who were the Pharisees, really?

This program explored what we know—and don’t know—about these teachers of the past who are also in some ways the predecessors of all forms of modern Judaism. The program started with an initial presentation by the co-editors and contributors to The Pharisees (2021), a multidisciplinary volume that addresses the question historically, theologically, and pastorally. This was followed by interactive roundtable discussions during which the panelists joined participants in exploring some practical suggestions for incorporating a nuanced understanding of the Pharisees in preaching, teaching, and catechesis.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Office of Mission & Ministry, Georgetown Law, and Georgetown Law Campus Ministry.


9:00 - 9:30 a.m. EST | Coffee and light continental breakfast

9:30 - 10:45 a.m. EST | Editor and Contributor Panel

Joseph Sievers, Pontifical Biblical Institute
Amy-Jill Levine, Hartford International University for Religion and Peace
Philip Cunningham, Saint Joseph’s University
Amy Uelmen (moderator), Georgetown University

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. EST | Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST | Moderated Roundtable Discussions

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EST | Lunch

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