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Professors Larry Cunningham, Tzvi Novick, James VanderKam and A. Rashied Omar , Department of Theology and Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame

January 18, 2013

Professors Larry Cunningham, Tzvi Novick, James VanderKam and A. Rashied Omar

Lawrence Cunningham
John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus)
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Lawrence S. Cunningham is the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology (Emeritus) at the University of Notre Dame and former chair of the department. Professor Cunningham is the author/editor of over twenty books and specializes in the history of Christian spirituality. He has published over fifty solicited or refereed articles and hundreds of more popular articles and reviews.

Professor Cunningham has lectured or taught in Europe, South Africa, Taiwan, Israel and at many colleges and universities in the United States. Winner of two teaching awards at the University of Notre Dame he also serves as a fellow of the Kaneb Center. In 2002 he was given the presidential award of the university for his service to church and the academy. Three times the Catholic Press Association has honored him for his writing and he recently received the CSC Spirit Award.


Tzvi Novick
Abrams Chair of Jewish Thought and Culture
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Professor Novick’s research centers on law and ethics in early Rabbinic Judaism. His book, What is Good, and What God Demands: Normative Structures in Tannaitic Literature (2010), is a revision of his dissertation, which was awarded Yale's Field Prize. He has published articles on topics in the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple exegesis, rabbinic literature, and Jewish liturgical poetry, in such journals as the Journal of Biblical Literature, the Harvard Theological Review, the Jewish Quarterly Review, the Journal of Jewish Studies, and the Hebrew Union College Annual. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Association of Jewish Studies, and serves on the editorial board of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History.


A. Rashied Omar
Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

A. Rashied Omar earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Cape Town and an M.A. in peace studies from the Kroc Institute. He also completed study programs in Islamic religious education in South Africa, Sudan, Pakistan, and Malaysia.

Professor Omar’s research and teaching focus on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding, focusing on the Islamic ethics of war and peace and interreligious dialogue.

He is co-author with David Chidester et al. of Religion in Public Education: Options for a New South Africa (UCT Press, 1994) and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan Reference USA, 2003). With two other scholars (Martin Forward-Aurora University, and Scott Alexander - Catholic Theological Union, Chicago) he is co-editing A Dictionary of Christian-Muslim Relations (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, 2012).

In addition to being a university-based researcher and teacher, Omar serves as imam at the Claremont Main Road Mosque in Cape Town, South Africa, and international advisor to the Dutch-based Knowledge Forum on Religion and Development and trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa.

Omar teaches a course on Islamic Ethics of War and Peace during the spring semester. For the remainder of the year, he serves as field research advisor to Kroc master's students in Cape Town. He also is a regular contributor to the Contending Modernities blog.


James C. VanderKam
John A. O'Brien Professor of Hebrew Scriptures
Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame

Professor VanderKam's areas of scholarly interest are the history and literature of Early Judaism and the Hebrew Scriptures. His research in the last 20 years has focused on the Dead Sea Scrolls and related literature, and he is a member of the editorial committee that prepared the scrolls for publication. He has edited thirteen volumes in the official series Discoveries in the Judaean Desert. He is one of the two editors in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2000). His prize-winning book, The Dead Sea Scrolls Today (1994), has been translated into six languages and came out in a second edition in 2010.

His more recent books are a collection of his essays entitled From Revelation to Canon: Studies in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Literature (2000), An Introduction to Early Judaism (2001), The Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls (2002), From Joshua to Caiaphas: High Priests after the Exile (2004), 1 Enoch 2 (2012), and The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible (2012). He has also published numerous essays in journals and books. He served for six years as the editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature and sits on the editorial boards of Dead Sea Discoveries and several series. VanderKam has delivered papers at many national and international conferences and has offered invited lectures in a wide variety of places.



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