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Asher Finkel

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

Professor, Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program

Department of Religion

Profile

Rabbi Finkel is an expert in the Torah, Rabbinic Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gospels and early Christianity.

Rabbi Asher Finkel has been a full Professor at Seton Hall University since 1975 when, in response to the Second Vatican Council, he helped found the Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies and assisted in developing the program's unique curriculum, which serves as a model for eliminating prejudice through understanding.

In addition to teaching courses in the graduate program, he also hosts the Lehrhaus, a weekly Massoretic reflection on the Torah portion for the preceding Sabbath. For 15 years, Rabbi Finkel has given countless students and members of the general public a deeper appreciation for rabbinic Judaism through his Lehrhaus presentations.

 A disciple of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, Rabbi Finkel received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and earned his Ph.D. from Tübingen University (Germany). Before joining Seton Hall, he was an Assistant Professor at Tübingen University (1962-1966) and an Associate Professor at New York University (1966-1973).

Rabbi Finkel is an expert in the Torah, Rabbinic Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gospels and early Christianity.

Education

  • Ph.D., Tuebeingen University
  • Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University
  • B.A., M.A., Yeshiva University

Academic Distinctions

  • The Shalom Award by the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University, 2002
  • Recognition for dynamic lecture presentation at Young Israel of Loch Sheldrake by Harry Walker Lecture Agency of NYC, 1999
  • Torah Award for Excellence in teaching by Community Center of 6th Street Synagogue, NYC, 1998
  • Award and Recognition by Maryknoll School of Theology for Biblical teaching, 1964-1986
  • Lindback Foundation for excellence in teaching at New York University, 1968


Scholarship

Contact

Office Phone
(973) 275-2177

Email
asher.finkel@shu.edu

Office Location
Room 251C
Fahy Hall

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