LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Aug. 18)
The first interfaith dialogue between Jewish and Baptist scholars opened here today at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The conference, which will continue through Wednesday, has brought together 50 prominent Baptist and Jewish theologians and Biblical scholars from all parts of the United States. It is sponsored jointly by the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention and the interreligious affairs department of the American Jewish Committee. The Southern Baptist Convention, with more than 11 million members, is the largest non-Catholic denomination in America.
The conference opened with scene-setting presentations on Jewish history in the southern United States, and images of the Jew in Southern Baptist Literature. The papers were delivered respectively by Dr. Leonard Dinnerstein, professor of history at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and Dr. A. Jase Jones, of the Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, Kansas City, Mo.