All posts by Jeffrey L. Morrow

Jeff Morrow is Associate Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. He also serves as a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. Jeff earned his Ph.D. (2007) in Theology at the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, in the program on the U.S. Catholic Experience, where he focused on historical theology and the history of biblical exegesis. He earned his M.A. (2003) in Theological Studies, with a focus on Biblical Studies, also at the University of Dayton. He earned his B.A. (2001) at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he double majored in Comparative Religion and Classical Greek, and minored in Jewish Studies. Jeff originally comes from a Jewish background; he attended Hebrew school and had a bar mitzvah. In 1997 he became an evangelical Protestant and was heavily involved with para-church ministry as an undergraduate student. He entered the Catholic Church, Easter Vigil 1999. Jeff is a popular speaker who speaks regularly at parishes and schools, as well as at larger events. He has made popular presentations at the Applied Biblical Studies and the Defending the Faith Conferences at Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as with the Coming Home Network International. He has also published in popular periodicals including This Rock, The Catholic Answer and New Oxford Review. Jeff's scholarly work is primarily in the history of biblical interpretation, but he has also presented academic papers, and published scholarly articles, on a variety of topics related to theology, religion and the Bible. He has published scholarly works in academic journals including International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Pro Ecclesia, and Toronto Journal of Theology. He has also made scholarly presentations before a number of learned societies, including the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Catholic Historical Association, and the College Theology Society. He currently resides in New Jersey with his wife Maria (who has a Ph.D. in Theology, specializing in Moral Theology, also from the University of Dayton) and their five children Maia, Eva, Patrick, Robert, and John.

New Kindle Article on J.R.R. Tolkien & Amazon Special Limited-Time Offer

Tolk and MaryI’ve published a new electronic article on Kindle dealing with the influence of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, “J.R.R. Tolkien and the Blessed Virgin Mary.” At the moment, Amazon is having a special on this article, as well as my e-book on the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection. Both are FREE for a limited time only. The Tolkien article is FREE through this upcoming Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 (I think), and my e-book on the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence, is FREE through this upcoming Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 (I think). One of the neat things about the Kindle version of my Tolkien article is that most of the Tolkien sources I examine have links so that if you click on the link and have internet access on your Kindle, it takes you to free online versions of Tolkien’s writings like the Lord of the Rings and some of his lesser known works. After this temporary sale, the Tolkien article will be available for 99 cents, at least for a few months, and the resurrection book will be available for $5.29 (again, at least for a few months).

New Kindle Publications from Jeff Morrow

41Auunfu05L._SX279_BO1,204,203,200_So, I’ve started a new initiative. I’ve been publishing a few pieces on Kindle from, and I thought I’d share them here on this blog. The first piece, pictured above, is a book  about the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, entitled, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence, which is available to purchase from Amazon for your Kindle. In this volume I go through some of the important lines of evidence which helped me in my own conversion.

The next publication which is also available from Amazon on Kindle, I have entitled, “Scott Hahn and Benedict XVI on Scripture and Hahn essayLiturgy.” This is a short essay dealing with the issue of liturgical biblical interpretation, relying primarily upon the work of Scott Hahn and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  It contains a good overview of the role the liturgy has played in biblical interpretation throughout the Church’s history, and why the liturgy is a privileged setting for Scriptural interpretation, and for encountering Scripture in general.


Laudato Si in Its Centuries-Long Context

I read with enthusiasm R.R. Reno’s First Things essay “The Return of Catholic Anti-Modernism” and, as always, appreciated his many insights. He helpfully pointed out some ways in which Pope Francis’s recent papal encyclical Laudato Si embodies a bold critique of Modernity. ….Read More

Did Reno Get It Right? Laudato Si In Its Centuries-Long Context—-Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Crises of Saints–Crisis Magazine

We don’t have to go very far to recognize that there are abundant crises in our world today. We find crises of various proportions in every corner of the globe and in virtually all sectors of society. Check the news online, read the various blogs, twitter feeds, social media, or turn on the radio or TV, and you are guaranteed to be inundated with crises of every sort: crises in the world, crises in the Church, crises in the culture. We don’t even have to turn to news outlets to discover contemporary crises, we find them in the families around us, and in our own families……..

Source: The Crises of Saints–Crisis Magazine

The Ongoing Dictatorship of Relativism -Crisis Magazine

On March 22, 2013, Pope Francis addressed the Diplomatic Corps with a warning against the “tyranny of relativism.” He then explained his selection of the name Francis as in part stemming from St. Francis’ battle for peace, a peace which Pope Francis underscored was impossible without Truth. The necessary struggle for truth not only remains …

Source: The Ongoing Dictatorship of Relativism – Crisis Magazine

July 22-24, 2015: Applied Biblical Studies Conference

A picture of a group of us from a previous ABSC conference
A picture of a group of us from a previous ABSC conference

This July 22-24, 2015, you are not going to want to miss the Applied Biblical Studies Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville! It promises to be one of the most incredible conferences they’ve hosted, with a stellar line up of speakers. The conference theme this year is, “The Joy of the Gospel: Paul’s Letter

Scott Hahn
Scott Hahn

to the Philippians.” The event will kick off Weds. evening, the 22nd, with Scott Hahn overview of Philippians. His is just one of the many exciting talks that we’ll get to hear throughout the conference. We’ll hear about: Philippians 1 from Michael Barber; Philippians 2 as well as a second talk on the Eucharist from Brant Pitre; Philippians 3 as well as a second talk on Pope Francis from Edward Sri; Philippians 4 from John Bergsma; the joy of the Lord as our strength from Kimberly Hahn; recent scholarly discussions on Paul from Fr. Pablo Gadenz; a talk on Mary in the Old

New Book on the Life of Alvaro del Portillo, to-be beatified September of 2014

Venerable Alvaro del Portillo
Venerable Alvaro del Portillo

A dear friend of mine, and colleague at Seton Hall University, John Coverdale, has just published a wonderful book on the life of Alvaro del Portillo, who will be beatified this September, 2014. Coverdale got to know del Portillo while they were both living in Rome just before, during, and just after, the Second Vatican Council, in the 1960s. A historian of Spain in the early part of the 20th century, and a biographer of St. Josemaria and also of Fr. Joseph Muzquiz (who was ordained a priest alongside del Portillo), Coverdale (now a law professor) is well placed to write this inspiring biography.

A consummate historian (Coverdale earned his Ph.D. in history from the U. of Wisconsin