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Hal Taussig

Taussig HalVisiting Professor of New Testament
Union Theological Seminary,  New York, New York

Professor of Early Christianity
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Co-pastor, Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he has taught masters and doctoral level studies since 1998. He also is Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and co-pastor at the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, a progressive church in Philadelphia. Taussig is co-chair of the national Society of Biblical Literature’s Consultation on Greco-Roman Meals, and on the steering committees of the SBL’s Seminar on Modern Theories and Ancient Myths of Christian Origins and the Greco-Roman Meals Consultation. His books include A New New Testament (2013), Re-imagining Life Together in America (2002), Jesus Before God (1999), Wisdom’s Feast (1997), and Re-imagining Christian Origins (1997). He has also contributed to Profiles of Jesus (2002) and The Historical Jesus Goes to Church (2004).

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  • A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, 2013
  • A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots, 2006
  • Re-imagining Life Together in America: A New Gospel of Community, 2002
  • Jesus Before God: The Prayer Life of the Historical Jesus, 1999.
  • Reimagining Christian Origins (with Elizabeth Castelli) 1997.
  • Wisdom’s Feast: Sophia in Study and Celebration (with Susan Cole and Marian Ronan), 1997.
  • Many Tables: The Eucharist in the New Testament and Liturgy Today (with Dennis Smith), 1990.
  • Sophia: The Future of Feminist Spirituality, 1986.

Academic Credentials

  • A.B., Antioch College
  • M.Div., Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Ph.D., The Union Institute

Special Study

  • Institut Catholique, Paris, France, 1967–1968
  • University of Basel, Switzerland, 1974–1976

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in New Testament, Union Theological Seminary, 1999–2000
  • Graduate Faculty, Holistic Spirituality, Chestnut Hill College, 1990–
  • Graduate Faculty, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1993–
  • Adjunct Faculty, St. Joseph’s University, 1985–1991
  • Adjunct Faculty, Albright College, 1982–1989
  • Visiting Professor of New Testament, School of Theology at Claremont, 1982–1986

Professional Service

  • Steering Committee, Ancient Texts and Modern Theories of Christian Origins Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature, 1997–
  • Board of Directors, Protestant Campus Ministry, Drexel University, 1995–

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Chestnut Hill Community Association, 1990–1992
  • Founder and Board of Directors, West Philadelphia Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 1981–1986
  • Acting Executive Director, West Philadelphia Fund for Human Development, 1982–1983