Dr. Joshua Garroway Named to the :Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar :at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dr. Joshua Garroway, Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles, has been named to the Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar.

Dr. Michael Marmur, Vice President for Academic Affairs, stated, “Joshua Garroway exemplifies the promise and excellence of our emerging faculty. His promise was already in excellence when he came to the College-Institute as a rabbinical student, and his excellence has already positioned him as a significant scholar of early Christianity. He is a fitting successor in the Matuson Chair to Dr. Jonathan Cohen, the newly appointed Dean of our Cincinnati campus. We are fortunate and privileged to have men and women of the quality of Josh Garroway serving on our faculty.”

Originally from Rochester, New York, Joshua Garroway graduated summa cum laude from Duke University (1998). Five years later he was ordained at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, having served student pulpits at Miami University Hillel and Temple Israel of Paducah, Kentucky, and having been awarded prizes for academic and homiletic achievement. His rabbinate began under the tutelage of Professor Dale B. Martin in the department of Religious Studies at Yale University, where he won the Andrew Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and the prestigious Whiting Dissertation Fellowship on his way to earning a Ph.D. in New Testament studies (2008). Rabbi Garroway’s dissertation, titled “Neither Jew Nor Gentile, But Both: Paul’s Christians as ‘Gentile-Jews,’” explored the ways in which Paul’s epistle to the Romans constructs Jewish identity, and the role of Paul’s discourse in the ensuing emergence of Christianity. A book based on the arguments introduced in the dissertation is currently under review for publication.

Since arriving at the Jack H. Skirball campus in 2008 as Assistant Professor of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth, Rabbi Garroway has taught numerous courses in the Rabbinical School, the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, and the Louchheim School of Judaic Studies at the University of Southern California. In the Rabbinical School, these offerings have included introductory courses in Mishnah, Midrash, and Christianity, and electives examining the emergence of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism in the first five centuries. His courses at USC include introductory lectures in Jewish history and more advanced courses in biblical literature.

Rabbi Garroway has published articles in scholarly journals, edited volumes, and popular magazines on a variety of subjects, including Jewish identity in antiquity, the Historical Jesus, Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, the Gospel of Mark, and the Epistle to the Hebrews. His current project investigates the representation of Jewish opposition in the New Testament book of Acts.

Rabbi Garroway lives in Pasadena with his wife, Dr. Kristine Henriksen Garroway, who earned her doctorate in Bible and Ancient Near Eastern History from the Graduate School at HUC-JIR in Cincinnati and was recently appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Bible at the Jack H. Skirball Campus. They have two sons, Cyrus (age 2) and Leo (age 9 months).

The Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar was inaugurated at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in Cincinnati in 2003 by Cynthia G. and Dan Edelman, honors Rabbi Michael Matuson, ordained by HUC-JIR in 1984. Dr. Jonathan Cohen, Associate Professor of Talmud and Halachic Literature, was named as the Inaugural Matuson Professor. Dr. Garroway succeeds Dr. Cohen in holding this Professorship.


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