Paula Fredriksen

 Paula Fredriksen
Address1 Silber Way
Boston, MA 2215

Professor of the Appreciation of Scripture, Boston University School of Theology

Ph.D., Princeton University, 1979
Dip.Theol., Oxford University, 1974
B.A., Wellesley College, 1973

Paula Fredriksen is the Aurelio Professor of Scripture at Boston University. She has also held visiting professorships in Jerusalem (Lady Davis, Hebrew University 1994-1995) and at Tel Aviv University (Sackler, 2005 through 2007). A graduate of Wellesley College (1973), Oxford University (1974), and Princeton University (1979), she has published widely in the social and intellectual history of ancient Christianity from the late Second Temple period to the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. Besides translating two of Augustine’s early commentaries on Paul (Augustine on Romans, Scholars Press 1982), she has written From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus (Yale, second edition 2000), for which she won the 1988 Yale Press Governors’ Award for Best Book, and Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity (Knopf 1999), for which she won a National Jewish Book Award. Together with Adele Reinhartz, she edited and contributed to Jesus, Judaism, and Christian Anti-Judaism: Reading the New Testament After the Holocaust (Westminster/John Knox 2002). She has also edited and contributed to a collection of essays about Mel Gibson’s controversial film, On ‘The Passion of the Christ’ (University of California Press 2005). In her most recent book, Augustine and the Jews. A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (Doubleday 2008), Fredriksen traces the origins and growth of Christian anti-Judaism, while exploring Augustine’s singular response and challenge to it. .

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