Theology, Politics, and Exegesis

My new book, Theology, Politics, and Exegesis: Essays on the History of modern Biblical Criticism,  was just published. This is a sequel to my earlier book, Three Skeptics and the Bible, and also treats the topic of the history of modern biblical criticism.  In this present volume, I review the history of early modern biblical criticism following the outline of Scott Hahn and Benjamin Wiker’s Politicizing the Bible: The Roots of Historical Criticism and the Secularization of Scripture 1300-1700, and then I take a more focused look at Spinoza with his use of the Psalms in the context of his political philosophy. I then move forward to examine the work of exegete Fr. Richard Simon, and then on into the eighteenth century  Enlightenment.  The volume concludes with a look at the tragic separation of biblical exegesis from Catholic moral theology. Theology, Politics, and Exegesis can be purchased from Amazon or elsewhere on the web.

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Third and Final Part of Webinar on the History of Modern Biblical Criticism


The third 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 Three.” Enjoy! Most of the material in this installment 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.

Second Part of Webinar on the History of Biblical Criticism Now Available


The second 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 Two.” 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, particularly on the seventeenth century, is 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 and final live webinar installment will be tonight, Tuesday, June 20, 2017, from 7:30-9:30pm EST. Hope to “see” you there!

First Part of Webinar on the History of Biblical Criticism Now Available

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!

Three Part Webinar on the History of Modern 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 modern biblical interpretation, a topic of interest to readers of this blog. 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.

My New Book on Jesus’ Resurrection

Just in time for Easter, the Principium Institute has published my new book, Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence. The book is available both in paperback as well as in Kindle format. The book walks through the evidence that helped me in my initial conversion, but it also adds to that evidence from my more recent research into the historical background to Jesus’ resurrection. I received some glowing endorsements from a number of scholars:

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, 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.”

Ancient Historian Edwin Yamauchi wrote:

“Jeffrey Morrow has produced a lucid and erudite defense of the resurrection of Jesus after years of exhaustive research. His extensive bibliography includes just about everything written in English, French, German, and Italian which supports or denies the resurrection of Jesus.”

My Response to Thomas L. Thompson

The editors at The Bible and Interpretation graciously published my response to Thomas L. Thompson. Initially, I published with that online magazine an article entitled, “On Biblical Scholarship and Bias.” Thomas L. Thompson responded with his article, “On Myths and Their Contexts: An Issue of Contemporary Theology? A Response to Jeffrey Morrow.” My published response is entitled, “Explaining Bias and the History of Modern Biblical Scholarship: A Response to Thomas L. Thompson.” Note to reader, you have to click on the link, “Click here for article,” in order to get the actual article.