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With apologies for the short notice: Commonweal readers in the New York area might be interested in the current exhibit at the Museum of Biblical Art (Broadway & 61st). A collection of Ludwig Blum's (1891-1974) paintings of Jerusalem and its environs is on display through this weekend. Tonight at 6:30 PM there will be a panel discussion among three scholars, who will speak about Jerusalem's role as a sacred city and symbol for the three Abrahamic religions. I'll be speaking there, but mostly I'll be learning from Adriane Leveen (Hebrew Union College) and Ahmed Al-Rahim (University of Virginia). Event is free and includes museum admission. (And don't forget your umbrella!)

Michael Peppard is associate professor of theology at Fordham University and on the staff of its Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. He is the author of The World's Oldest Church and The Son of God in the Roman World, and on Twitter @MichaelPeppard. He is a contributing editor to Commonweal.

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