Chilton, Director and Founder
Bruce Chilton is Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Religion
at Bard College, and Rector of the Church of St John the Evangelist.
He is an expert on the New Testament and early Judaism, and has contributed
fifty books and more than a hundred articles to those fields of study.
His principal scholarship has been in the understanding of Jesus within
Judaism and in the critical study of the Targumim, the Aramaic paraphrases
of the Bible. Jesus appears clearly as a rabbinic teacher in Dr. ChiltonÖs
analysis, on the basis of his study of the Targum of Isaiah, which he
has edited and translated in the first commentary ever written on that
Chilton has earned degrees at Bard College, the General Theological
Seminary of the Episcopal Church, and Cambridge University. Previous
to his chair at Bard College, he held positions at the University of
Sheffield in England, at the University of Münster in Germany, and at
Yale University (as the first Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament.)
His books include Beginning New Testament Study (Eerdmans and
SPCK), A Galilean Rabbi and His Bible (Glazier and SPCK), The
Isaish Targum (Glazier and Clark),The Temple of Jesus (Penn
State University Press), and A Feast of Meanings (Brill).
With Jacob Neusner, he has written Judaism in the New Testament
(Routledge), a trilogy entitled Judaism and Christianitythe
Formative Categories (Trinity Press International), and Jewish-Christian
Debates (Fortress). He contributed the article on the high priest
Caiaphas in the Anchor Bible Dictionary, and for that reason was consulted
by academic, governmental, and journalistic reporters at the time of
the discovery of the tomb of Caiaphas outside Jerusalem. His most recent
works are Pure Kingdom: Jesus' Vision of God (Eerdmans), the
first in a series of books on Jesus, which he is editing with Craig
Evans and Rabbi Jesus: The Jewish Life and Teaching That Inspired
Christianity (Doubleday) which will be out on October 25, 2000.