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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2012 

Providence College Presents Lecture and Colloquium Series on Jewish-Christian Relations

Providence, R.I. – Providence College will host two prominent theologians on Monday, April 23 and Tuesday, April 24 for the lecture and colloquium series, Theological Exchange Between Catholics & Jews entitled “Jewish Readings of the New Testament: What Do They Mean for Jewish-Christian Relations?"

Dr. Adam Gregerman, Jewish scholar in residence at the Institute for Jewish & Christian Studies in Baltimore, and Dr. Michael Peppard, assistant professor of theology at Fordham University, will host a public dialogue on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Aquinas Lounge, on campus. They will discuss recent Jewish approaches to reading the text of the New Testament. This event is free and open to the public.

The pair will lead a colloquium on Tuesday, April 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Harkins Hall (Room 300), on campus. This event will consist of an in-depth discussion with Dr. Gregerman, Dr. Peppard, and PC faculty, students, alumni, and members of the Providence Catholic and Jewish communities on the new Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford University Press, 2011), and a commentary on 2 Thessalonians by Dr. Gregerman. This event is open to the campus community and invited guests only.

  • Prior to becoming Jewish resident scholar at the Institute for Jewish & Christian Studies, Gregerman was a visiting assistant professor of religion at Connecticut College and instructor at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Union Theological Seminary. His research interest is in the complex relationship between Jews and Christians from antiquity through the present. Gregerman has published several articles that have appeared in journals such as Interpretation, Cross Currents, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and Studies in Christian Jewish Relations. He received a bachelor’s degree in religion from Amherst College, a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a doctoral degree in religion from Columbia University. He has also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Jewish Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary.
  • Peppard works in interreligious relations as a regular participant and leader in Jewish-Christian dialogues in addition to his position at Fordham. His research interests include New Testament studies, history of early Christianity, and the reception history of the bible. Peppard is the author of The Son of God in the Roman World: Divine Sonship in Its Social and Political Context (Oxford University Press, 2011) and several articles that have appeared in edited volumes and journals, such as New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, Judaism, and Commonweal. He earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in philosophy and one in theology from the University of Notre Dame, a master’s degree in religion from the Yale Divinity School, and a doctoral degree in religious studies from Yale University.

These events are sponsored by the College’s Department of Theology and the Graduate Program in Theology. For more information, contact Mary Garvey at (401) 865-2274 or mgarvey@providence.


Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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