Lecture: “Murmuring Against Moses: Debate on the Authorship of the Pentateuch among Jewish and Christian Scholars”

  • November 29 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Friend Center, Rm 008

Wednesday, November 29 | Friend Center 008 | 5-6:15 PM

Speaker: Jeffrey Morrow, professor of theology at Seton Hall University.

For much of the history of both Judaism and Christianity, the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible) was understood to be authored by Moses. However, modern biblical scholarship contends that the Pentateuch is a composite text made up of fragments from diverse and even discrepant sources that originated centuries after the events it purports to describe. Dr. Jeffrey Morrow will give voice to a growing scholarly dissatisfaction with standard critical approaches by highlighting the weaknesses of the modern paradigms and mustering an array of new evidence for the Pentateuch’s antiquity. 

Dr. Morrow teaches a wide range of courses in Catholic Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University. His research focuses on the history of biblical interpretation and theological exegesis. The bulk of his current research pertains to the early modern and enlightenment political background to the rise of the historical critical method for studying the Bible in the university. He also is interested in traditional forms of Jewish and Christian biblical exegesis, and especially the important role the liturgy plays in developing a sacramental hermeneutic. He serves as a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, and is an active member of La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature and the College Theology Society, among other professional organizations.