This is why I do what I do

Learning with Marcie Lenk is a unique experience. She invites strangers into the city and region she knows so well and skillfully guides them toward an understanding of the inescapable cultural, political, and religious tensions of that place. With wisdom and generosity, she enables them to become, not tourists or pilgrims, but discerning friends.   

Prof. Ellen F. Davis
Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology
Duke University Divinity School, Durham, North Carolina

Marcie stands apart in a class by herself as an educator and learning companion. She is whip-smart, intimately knowledgeable in Judaism as a native and in Christianity as a world-class scholar. Marcie is down-home congenial, combining a delightful sense of humor with humility. She cares deeply for the Jewish people, the land they call "home," and the Palestinian people who also call it "home." Years of living and teaching in Israel has given her a set of contacts for expert content that rivals those of large organizations.

The Rev. Dr. Peter A. Pettit, Teaching Pastor
St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa

Marcie did wonders for my learning experience in Israel and the West Bank. As an Israeli Jewish expert in the early centuries of the Christian thought, Marcie brought a deeply informed and nuanced perspective to the study of the land of Israel and Palestine, Jewish-Christian relations, and the current conflict in the land. She added to this the warmth and personal investment of a fellow pilgrim in one of the most beautiful and complicated places in the world.

Dr. G. Tommy Givens
Associate Professor of New Testament Studies
Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Dr. Marcie Lenk is that rare Jewish scholar as deeply immersed in the textual, cultural, and religious traditions of the Christian world as she is in her own familiar Jewish world. A sought after speaker and lecturer in Jewish and Christian venues, she contributes a needed voice of knowledge and reason during these especially divisive times. Those of us who have benefited from Dr. Lenk’s lectures have understood the prophetic nature of her ministry.

Rev. Dr. Loida I. Martell
Vice President for Academic Affairs/ Dean
Lexington Theological Seminary

I can’t think of a better interfaith dialogue partner than Marcie Lenk.  Her attitude toward people of other faiths is unfailingly gracious, generous, curious and charitable.  I had the pleasure of participating in a study program in Israel under her capable leadership for two summers, and I would encourage anyone looking for a trusted guide on an interfaith journey to look to her.

The Rev. Dr. Jason A. Poling
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Baltimore
Former President, Eastern Region, Evangelical Theological Society