Joshua D. Garroway - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Joshua D. Garroway, Rabbi, Ph.D.

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Professor of Early Christianity and the Second Commonwealth

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

Rabbinical Program, Los Angeles; Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, Los Angeles; Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management
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Early Christianity ; Second Commonwealth Judaism

Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., serves as the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judaeo-Christian Studies and Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth at HUC-JIR's Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.

Rabbi Garroway earned his doctorate from the Religious Studies Department at Yale University and was ordained at the Cincinnati campus of HUC-JIR in 2003. His first book, Paul’s Gentile-Jews: Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both (2012), explores the ways in which Paul's epistle to the Romans constructs Jewish identity, and the role played by this construction in the ensuing emergence of Christianity. His second book, The Beginning of the Gospel: Paul, Philippi, and the Origins of Christianity (2018), offers a revisionist understanding of the origins of the Greek term euaggelion, usually translated “gospel,” in earliest Christianity. He is currently working on a book-length project about antinomianism in Jewish history.

Rabbi Garroway is a native of Rochester, New York. He currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Kristine Henriksen Garroway, and their three boys.


Selected Publications and Edited Works
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The Beginning of the Gospel: Paul, Philippi, and the Origins of Christianity (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018).

Paul’s Gentile-Jews: Neither Jew nor Gentile, but Both (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012).

Current and Future Courses
Messiah: The History of an Idea (HUC & USC)
Early Christian Biblical Interpretation (HUC)
Introduction to the Exegetical Midrashim (HUC)
Introduction to the Mishnah (HUC)
The Parting of the Ways (HUC)
Biblical and Rabbinic Sources (HUC – SJNM)
Scripture and Polemic in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (USC)
Introduction to Jewish History (USC)
Biblical Protagonists Through an Ancient Lens (USC)
Public Lecture Topics
The Origins of Christianity and its parting of the ways with Judaism
Conversion to Judaism in the ancient world
Ambiguous Jewish identities: ancient and modern
Jewish creativity in the Greco-Roman Diaspora
Jewish-Christian dialogue and interaction: ancient and modern
The historical Jesus / the historical Paul
Jewish messianism through the ages