Bard Faculty

Bruce Chilton '71

Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion, executive director of the Institute of Advanced Theology, coordinator of Theology, and senior pastor of the College, is a scholar of early Christianity and Judaism, and the author of the first critical translation of the Aramaic version of Isaiah (The Isaiah Targum, 1987).
Professor Chilton received his B.A. from Bard College, M.Div. and ordination from General Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. from Cambridge University. He has been a member of the Bard College faculty since 1987. Chilton is the author of more than a dozen books. He is the editor in chief of the Bulletin for Biblical Research and the founding editor of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Studying the Historical Jesus series. He has written academic studies that put Jesus in his Jewish context (Rabbi Jesus: An Intimate Biography, Pure Kingdom, The Temple of Jesus, and A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible). His recent books include Abraham's Curse: The Roots of Violence in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; The Cambridge Companion to the Bible; Religious Tolerance in World Religions (coeditor); and Mary Magdalene: A Biography. Chilton has taught in Europe at the universities of Cambridge, Sheffield, and Münster, and in the United States at Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament) and Bard College. His fellowships and awards include: with Jacob Neusner, the Choice magazine award for best academic book; the Evangelical Scholars Fellowship from the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University; and Heinrich Hertz Stiftung, Theological Development Fund of the Episcopal Church, National Conference of Christians and Jews. Throughout his career, he has been active in the pastoral ministry of the Anglican Church; he is currently rector of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Barrytown, New York.

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