Presentation of the Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar was presented to Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., during the Board of Governors Shacharit Service on February 11, 2013 at the Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles.

Rabbi David Ellenson, President, stated, “I have known Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., since his years as a rabbinical student in Cincinnati, where he demonstrated his impressive intellectual gifts and warmth of spirit prior to pursuing his doctorate at Yale University. He is a leading emerging scholar in his field of Early Christianity and Second Commonwealth, and is making significant contributions in the areas of Jewish identity in the ancient world, the origins of Christianity, Jewish-Christian relations in late antiquity, and postmodern historiography.”

Originally from Rochester, New York, Rabbi Joshua Garroway, Ph.D., graduated summa cum laude from Duke University in 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 Whiting Dissertation Fellowship on his way to earning a Ph.D. in New Testament studies in 2008. Rabbi Garroway’s dissertation 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. The arguments introduced in that dissertation eventually found mature expression in his first book, Paul’s Gentile-Jews: Neither Jew Nor Gentile, But Both (2012).

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 HUC-JIR’s Rabbinical Program, School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, and Louchheim School of Judaic Studies, which provides Jewish studies for undergraduates at the University of Southern California. In the Rabbinical Program, 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.

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, the Apostolic Fathers, the New Testament book of Acts, 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 to the earliest Christian communities.

The Rabbi Michael Matuson Professorship for an Emerging Scholar was inaugurated at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati in 2003 by Cynthia G. and Dan Edelman, in honor of Rabbi Michael Matuson, C ’84.


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