Joel N. Lohr

President & Professor of Bible and Interreligious Dialogue

Office hours: President Lohr will hold office hours for students, faculty, and staff via Zoom by appointment. Contact Lorraine Browne (lbrowne@hartsem.edu) to set up an appointment.

Joel Lohr

Biography

Joel N. Lohr is an award-winning author, scholar of religion, and passionate leader in interreligious relations and higher education. Born to Dutch immigrants in Canada, President Lohr is a first-generation college graduate, earning a BA in Religious Studies (Trinity Western University, Vancouver, Canada) and an MA and Ph.D. in Religion and Theology (University of Durham, England). He then took up a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto and taught at Wycliffe College, a seminary within the Anglican Church of Canada. He has held teaching appointments at Trinity Western University in Vancouver, Canada, and most recently at University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, where he also served as Dean of Religious Life.

President Lohr’s teaching and research has focused on the Bible, specifically the Torah/Pentateuch, as well as Jewish-Christian relations and dialogue, interreligious dialogue, and intercultural competence, diversity, and leadership in higher education. He has published books with publishers that are both academic (Oxford, Brill, Eisenbrauns, Purdue) and popular (Zondervan, Oneworld, Baker Academic, and Abingdon). His first monograph, Chosen and Unchosen: Conceptions of Election in the Pentateuch and Jewish-Christian Interpretation, was awarded the R. B. Y. Scott Award by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies for “outstanding book in the areas of Hebrew Bible and/or the Ancient Near East,” and more recently his unique tri-authored book, The Abingdon Introduction to the Bible: Understanding Jewish and Christian Scriptures, was awarded the CHOICE Magazine Outstanding Academic Title award for 2014. His work has been noted not only for its academic strength but also interfaith ingenuity. He has published articles in respected dictionaries and peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Biblical Literature, Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, Catholic Biblical QuarterlyHorizons in Biblical Theology, and Journal of Interreligious Studies (among others). His most recent book is Mitka's Secret: A True Story of Child Slavery and Surviving the Holocaust, which he co-authored with Steven W. Brallier and Lynn G. Beck.

A longtime advocate of becoming embedded in and living in community, President Lohr lives with his wife Teresa and daughter Aviyah on the Hartford International University campus. On weekends, they can be found outdoors hiking, on the beaches of Rhode Island, or on a local ski hill.

Background

  • B.A. (Trinity Western University, Canada)
  • M.A. (University of Durham, UK)
  • Ph.D. (University of Durham, UK)

Areas of Study

  • Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts
  • Jewish-Christian Relations
  • Interreligious Dialogue, Relations, and Conflict Management
  • Intercultural Competence, Diversity, and Leadership in Higher Education

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