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 Book on J.R.R. Tolkien

My new book on J.R.R. Tolkien just came out, entitled, Seeking the Lord of Middle Earth: Theological Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien, and is available from Amazon, Wipf & Stock, etc. Here’s the official description:

“J. R. R. Tolkien, the beloved author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, brings to his work a great treasure–his Christian faith. Tolkien’s literary works are so popular in part because, in some sense, they pertain to the real world. This present volume is an attempt to understand better the deep Christian influences on his work but also to explore the relevance of Tolkien’s work for theology today. After examining Tolkien’s fiction in order better to appreciate Christian influences, this volume takes a closer look at Tolkien’s theology of fantasy, his response to the more skeptical origins of religion research, and applies his work to contemporary questions about method in biblical studies. Tolkien’s Christianity informed all he wrote. Moreover, his own theology of fantasy holds great promise for contemporary theology.”

Deconstructing the Bible Webinar Part I

The first part of my three part webinar, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation,” is now available through the Institute of Catholic Culture. So if you missed the live webinar, you can still watch it. Once clicking on the link above, simply scroll down to “Video Streams” and check out “Video Part One.” Enjoy! Much of the material is coming from Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s important volume, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, so if you haven’t read that book, I highly recommend it.  Some of the material, especially for the next session, will be taken from my Three Skeptics and the Bible.  The rest of the material is coming from research I’m presently engaged in–and have been since the beginning of my sabbatical 2015-2016–for a book I’m co-authoring with Scott Hahn, which is almost completed. The next live webinar installment will be Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 7:30-9:30pm EST. Hope to “see” you there!

Dr. Morrow’s 3 Part Webinar on the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation

Over the next few weeks I will be giving a three part webinar with the Institute of Catholic Culture dealing with the history of the crisis in modern biblical interpretation. The three part webinar is entitled, “Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation.” You can sign up for the live webinar here. The webinar will be live from 7:30-9:30pm EST on the following Tuesdays: June 6, June 13, and June 20. Hope to “see” you there. We will not be focusing on my Three Skeptics and the Bible, however some of the material there is bound to come up as well. The description from the Institute of Catholic Culture reads:

“In our contemporary society, people often approach the Bible with suspicion. In these presentations, Dr. Morrow explores the philosophical, theological, and political roots of the long history that led to the present circumstances, showing that rather than distrusting the Bible, we should instead be suspicious of the skeptics.”

My New book on the Resurrection

Just in time for Easter, the Principium Institute has published my book on the historical evidence for Jesus’ resurrection, entitled, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence. It is available in both paperback as well as in Kindle. In this volume, I walk through the historical evidence that Jesus in fact rose from the dead. Much of this evidence was instrumental in my own conversion, but I update the volume in light of my more recent research since my conversion. The volume is intended for a popular audience, but it contains endnotes and bibliography for the interested scholar.

Here’s what others have to say:

Scott Hahn wrote:

“Dr. Jeffrey Morrow is a brilliant theologian whose work on the Resurrection provides abundant historical evidence for this greatest of biblical miracles. Highly recommended.”

Brant Pitre, the author of The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ, wrote:

“As a convert to Christianity from Judaism, Jeffrey Morrow brings a unique perspective to the quest for Jesus. Even more, he leaves no stone unturned in the debate over what happened to Jesus’ body on the first Easter morning. Whether you are a skeptic or a believer, if you’re looking for a clear, concise, and compelling case for the Resurrection, then this is the book for you.”

Morrow’s Response to Thompson

Cover Three Skeptics and the BibleWell, for those of you interested in the debate about biblical scholarship and bias, as in Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s famous lecture from before becoming pope, “Biblical Interpretation in Crisis,” or in my book, Three Skeptics and the Bible, my formal response to Thomas L. Thompson was just published. Inspired by Benedict XVI’s work, I had written a article entitled, “On Biblical Scholarship and Bias.” The important Old Testament scholar, Thomas L. Thompson, a leader of the so-called Copenhagen Minimalist School of Biblical Scholarship, wrote a scathing response, which he entitled, “On Myths and Their Contexts: An Issue of Contemporary Theology? A Response to Jeffrey Morrow.” The editors of the magazine were kind enough to publish my response to Thompson, entitled, “Explaining Bias and the History of Modern Biblical Scholarship: A Response to Thomas L. Thompson.” For more on this history, see Three Skeptics and the Bible, or, better yet, check out Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s, Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700.



Speaking with God: New Published Resource

The Principium Institute has just published my new booklet on prayer, entitled, Speaking with God: A Short Primer on Mental Prayer. It is available both electronically from Kindle, as well as in paperback. I hope you find it to be a helpful little resource on how to get more out of prayer. The Principium Institute will be publishing more helpful resources like this one, from me and from a number of other scholars who are trying to write works that are accessible and helpful for ordinary Christians beyond the small circle of scholars for whom we often write. Right now the Kindle version  of my text is selling for only 99 cents, and the 65 page paperback sells for $3.99.

Catholic Apologetics Bibliography–Out in Time for Lent!

My Catholic Apologetics Resources has been published by the Principium Institute, and is available in both Kindle for $2.99, and in Paperback for $6.99. It has come out just in time for Lent, for those interested in beefing up on their apologetics reading during Lent. The book is a lengthy bibliography, organized both topically and by reading level. Spanning 219 pages, this resources lists important sources on a variety of topics: baptism, communion of saints, confession, Crusades, Eucharist, existence of God, Inquisition, Jesus’ resurrection, Mary, papacy, purgatory, reformation, reliability of the New Testament, reliability of the Old Testament, and a number of other topics.