The Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell joined Seton Hall University in 1974 when he helped to design the curriculum for the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program. This unique curriculum was the first of its kind in the world and continues to serve as a model for educating in ways to increase mutual understanding and harmony.
Today Father Frizzell is an Associate Professor of the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program and the Director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, a leading center of expertise committed to the mission of developing, encouraging and increasing the collaborative peace-building efforts of Jewish and Christian scholars, theologians, educators and students.
In 2008 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Father Frizzell Consultor to the Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews in the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Pope Francis renewed his appointment in 2014. In addition to this work, Father Frizzell is also a columnist for The Catholic Advocate, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ and is the moderator of The Kinship of Catholics & Jews, a weekly radio program that promotes the shared values of Christians and Jews and is broadcast on Seton Hall’s WSOU 89.5.
A specialist in Jewish-Christian studies and relations, Father Frizzell also explores the impact of Biblical traditions on Catholic liturgy, prayer and ethics.
- D.Phil., University of Oxford, 1974
- S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome, 1967
- S.T.L., University of Ottawa, 1962
- "The Church's Bond with the Jewish People." Word on Worship 29.3: 22-24, January 2012.
- "Elijah the Peacemaker: Jewish and Early Christian Interpretations of Malachi." 3:23-24." Teshuvah Institute Papers, 25-33, January 2011.
- "The Religious Other as Neighbor." New Theology Review 22.2: 26-35, May 2009.
- "Mary and the Jews: The Gospels and the Early Church." Marian Studies 60: 129-149, January 2009.
- "Nostra Aetate: Celebrating 50 Years of the Catholic Church's Dialogue with Jews and Muslims." American Catholic Studies, 129:1, 65-67, Spring 2018.
- "A Scriptural Theology of Eucharistic Blessings." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 79:2, 334-335, April 2017.
- "Sacra Scriptura: How ‘Non-Canonical' Texts Functioned in Early Judaism and Early Christianity." Catholic Biblical Quarterly 79:2, 362-364, April 2017.
- "Latin-into-Hebrew: Texts and Studies, Volume One: Studies." Sixteenth Century Journal 46:2, Summer 2015.
Conferences and Lectures
- Served as organizer and presider of the "Jewish-Christian Studies" session and presented a paper on "Simon's Prayer and Prophecy in Luke 2:29-35." 53rd International Medieval Studies Congress, Western Michigan University, May, 2018.
- Offered Summer Seminar for Faculty focusing on Catholic-Jewish relations in the "Declaration on the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council." Seton Hall University, May 2018.
- Delivered lecture on Jewish-Christian relations. Kol Rina Congregation, April 2018.
- Presented memorial reflection on Dr. Wendell Dietrich. Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Theologians, Princeton University, February 2018.
- Delivered a series of interfaith lectures focusing on the long history of Jewish-Christian relations. Temple Emanu-el, November-December 2017.
- Organized and presided on the "Jewish-Christian Studies" session. 52nd International Medieval Studies Congress, Western Michigan University, May 2017.
- Presented "Catholic-Jewish Relations: Where have we come? A Review Essay." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Theologians, Princeton University, February 2017.
- Organized and presided at the panel, "Matthew A. Tapie, Aquinas on Israel and the Church." 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2016.
- Presented "Response to Karl Morrison's 'Reading the Mind of Christ: An Introduction to Liturgical Iconography'." Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Theologians, Princeton University, February 2016.
- Organized lecture on Laudato Si by His Eminence Peter Cardinal Turkson. Seton Hall University, February 2016.
- Consultor to Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Vatican City (2008-2018)
- Sister Rose Thering Fund Award in Jewish Christian Understanding, Sister Rose Thering Fund (2017)
- Teacher Study Day Grant, New Jersey Department of Education, Holocaust Commission (2017)
- Sister Rose Thering Holocaust Education Award, SOM Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Committee (2015)
- McQuaid Medal for Distinguished Service from Seton Hall University (2007)
- The Honey and Maurice Axelrod Award from the NJ Department of Education, State Holocaust Commission (June 2006)
- Canada Council Grant (1970-73)