Michael G. Azar, PhD

Associate Professor of Theology/Religious Studies

Associate Professor of Theology/Religious Studies


Michael G. Azar holds a PhD in New Testament from Fordham University (2013) and an MA in theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (2005).  His current book project (tentatively titled, The Table and the Empty Seat: Orthodox Christianity and Jewish-Christian Relations) focuses on ancient and modern Christian-Jewish interaction, particularly in light of Orthodox Christian hermeneutics and historic presence in the Holy Land. His other scholarly pursuits focus on New Testament studies, especially apocalyptic thought and the "parting of the ways," as well as the effects that contemporary sociopolitical policies have on scholarly understandings of the ancient world. His research is supported by a CCD Grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Biblical Association, and he was a 2021 Faculty Fellow at the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities (University of Scranton), a 2021–22 NEH Faculty Fellow at the Orthodox Christian Studies Center (Fordham University), and a 2021–22 affiliated scholar of the Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University-Jerusalem. He is currently a special advisor to the Orthodox Chair of the Orthodox Christian-Jewish dialogue as well as a member of its planning committee. 

Courses Taught


Select Publications:

Recent Presentations: 

  • “The Deification of ‘Witnesses’ in John’s Apocalypse,” Annual Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association (CBA), Denver, CO, July 2018.
  • “Eastern Orthodox Identity, Jews, and John’s Gospel,” Annual Meeting of the SBL, Boston, MA, November 2017.
  • “The Logos and Lamb of the Lord’s Passover: Patristic Antitypes of the Johannine Type,” Annual Meeting of the CBA, Washington, DC, August 2017.
  • “Reading John’s ‘Jews’ through Eastern Orthodox Thought and Practice,” 2017 Corcoran Chair Conference: The Gospel of John and Jewish-Christian Relations, April 2017.
  • “‘Freed from the Law?’ Orthodox Fasting and Paul’s View of the Law,” Annual Meeting of the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA), Boston, MA, September 2016.
  • “Old, New, Neither: Romans 7 and an Eastern Orthodox Perspective,” Annual Meeting of the CBA, Santa Clara, CA, August 2016.

Other Links


Academia Page

Humanities Commons Page

Panel Discussions and Blogs: 

"Responding to Antisemitism" panel discussion (Oct 2020) (part of "Responding to Antisemitism" project)

“Christians of Holy Land and the Jewish State,” Public Orthodoxy (November 2018)

“The ‘Eternal and Undivided’ Jerusalem and the Bible,” The Bible and Interpretation (February 2018)

“Fasting, the Church, and the World,” Public Orthodoxy (June 2016)

“Jewish-Christian Relations and Orthodox Ecumenical Participation,” Public Orthodoxy (October 2015)


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