Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Book Panel Discussion of the Theology of David Novak

March 3, 2011
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Matthew Levering, Professor of Theology, University of Dayton, and author of Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom: Engagements with the Theology of David NovakDavid Novak, J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish StudiesUniversity of Toronto; Eric GregoryProfessor of Religion, Princeton University

Matthew Levering is Professor of Theology at the University of Dayton. He previously taught for nine years at Ave Maria University, and in 2006-2007 he was the Myser Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. With Reinhard Hütter, he is co-editor of the theological quarterly Nova et Vetera. He is Chair of the Board of the Academy of Catholic Theology and serves as the co-editor of book series at the University of Notre Dame Press, Catholic University of America Press, and Brazos Press. He has translated numerous works from French, including most recently Gilles Emery’s forthcoming The Trinity: An Introduction to Catholic Doctrine on the Trinity. With Hans Boersma, he is the co-director of the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue.   

Professor Levering is the author of numerous books in Thomistic theology, including Christ’s Fulfilment of Torah and Temple, Scripture and Metaphysics, Sacrifice and Community, Participatory Biblical Exegesis, Biblical Natural Law, Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom, Christ and the Catholic Priesthood, and two books to be published in 2011, The Betrayal of Charity and Predestination.

He received an M.T.S. from Duke University, and earned his Ph.D. at Boston College. 

David Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1997. He is a member of University College, the Centre for Ethics, of the Joint Centre for Bioethics there. From 1997 to 2002 he also was Director of the Jewish Studies Programme. From 1989 to 1997 he was the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. Previously he taught at Oklahoma City University, Old Dominion University, the New School for Social Research, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Baruch College of the City University of New York. From 1966 to 1969 he was Jewish Chaplain to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, National Institute of Mental Health, in Washington, D.C. From 1966 to 1989 he served as a pulpit rabbi in several communities in the United States.

David Novak is a founder, vice-president, and coordinator of the Jewish Law Panel of the Union for Traditional Judaism, and a founder and faculty member of the Institute of Traditional Judaism in Teaneck, New Jersey. He serves as secretary-treasurer of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City and is on the editorial board of its journal First Things. He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research and the Academy for Jewish Philosophy, and a member of the Board of Consulting Scholars of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He was also the James Madison Program’s Charles E. Test, M.D., Distinguished Lecturer in 2004.

David Novak is the author of thirteen books, the last two being The Jewish Social Contract: A Essay in Political Theology (Princeton University Press, 2005), and Talking with Christians: Musings of a Jewish Theologian (Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2005). His book, Covenantal Rights: A Study in Jewish Political Theory (Princeton University Press, 2000) won the award of the American Academy of Religion for best book in constructive religious thought in 2000.

He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago in 1961, his M.H.L. (Master of Hebrew Literature) in 1964 and his rabbinical diploma in 1966 from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Georgetown University in 1971.

Eric Gregory joined the Princeton University Department of Religion in 2001, and was promoted to Professor in 2009.  He is the author of Politics & the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (University of Chicago Press, 2008), and various articles on topics in religious and philosophical ethics, theology, political theory, and the role of religion in public life.  In 2007, he was awarded Princeton's President's Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has received fellowships from the Erasmus Institute, University of Notre Dame, Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Among his current projects is a book tentatively titled, What Do We Owe Strangers? Globalization and the Good Samaritan, which examines secular and religious perspectives on global justice.  

A graduate of Harvard College, he earned an M.Phil. and Diploma in Theology from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and his doctorate in Religious Studies from Yale University.


Jewish-Christian Dialogue: A Book Panel Discussion of the Theology of David Novak


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