Associates & Staff

Dr. Jeffrey Morrow

Dr. Jeffrey L. Morrow is a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and is an Assistant Professor of Catholic Theology at Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology, in the program on the U.S. Catholic Experience, from the University of Dayton. His specialization is in Historical Theology and the History of Exegesis, particularly in the Modern Period and in the U.S.

Dr. Morrow was raised culturally Jewish, attended Hebrew school and had a bar mitzvah. He earned his B.A. from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with majors in both Comparative Religion and Classical Greek and with a minor in Jewish Studies. At Miami he became an evangelical Protestant, and then entered the Catholic Church, Easter Vigil of 1999. His M.A. from the University of Dayton in Theological Studies focused on Biblical Studies.

Dr. Morrow has published and forthcoming articles in a variety of academic journals and popular periodicals, including Scottish Journal of Theology, Evangelical Review of Theology, Josephinum Journal of Theology, Renascence, Fides Quaerens Intellectum, This Rock, and The Catholic Answer. He is currently engaged in research in three related areas: 1) examining the role of politics in the rise of modern biblical criticism; 2) increasing our understanding of the role of Catholics in biblical and ancient Near Eastern/Semitic studies in the U.S. during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a focus on the role of the Modernist Crisis on post-Vatican II Catholic biblical scholarship; 3) recovering a sacramental/liturgical hermeneutic for interpreting Scripture, utilizing the best of modern historical and traditional patristic exegesis from the heart of the Church.

He resides with his wife Maria and their three children in northern New Jersey, where his wife is completing her Ph.D. in Theology, also in the U.S. Catholic Experience, specializing in Moral Theology.

EDUCATION
Ph.D., Theology; University of Dayton, Ohio, 2003-2007. Dissertation: “Evangelical Catholics and Catholic Biblical Scholarship: An Examination of Scott Hahn’s Canonical, Liturgical, and Covenantal Biblical Exegesis”

M.A., Theological Studies; University of Dayton, Ohio, 2001-2003. Thesis: “Matthew 16:17-19 in its Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Context: Implications for Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Dialogue on the Papacy”

B.A., Comparative Religion and Classical Greek; Miami University, Ohio, 1997-2001

TEACHING
2009-Present: Assistant Professor, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2008-09: Lecturer, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

2007-08: Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

Summers 2002-04, 07-08: Adjunct Faculty, Junior State of America, Princeton University Campus

2006-07: Doctoral Fellow, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

Summer 2006: Adjunct Faculty, Junior State of America, Northwestern University Campus

2002-03, 04-06: Instructor, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

2001-02, 03-04: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies


Undergraduate Honors Theses Directed
2008-10: Elizabeth A. O’Connor, “Amistad in Action: The Formation of Relationships between Latin American and North American Sister Parishes,” University of Dayton, co-directed with Jana Bennett

Undergraduate Courses Taught
The Pentateuch
Jesus Christ and the Mystery of the Church: Introduction to Christology and Ecclesiology
Religion and Literature
Religion and Film
To Know God: Introduction to Roman Catholic Doctrine
Introduction to Religion: Catholic Option: Social Justice Cohort
Introduction to Religion: Catholic Option
Introduction to Religion: General Option: World Religions
Speech Communication


Teaching Training
2004-06: Teaching Seminars and Group Discussions on teaching effectiveness funded by a $70,000 Wabash grant to the University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies

2002-03 and 2004-05: Graduate Student weekly teaching training led by the Graduate Advisor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies


PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

Book Chapters
“Dancing on the Wall: An Analysis of Barack Obama’s ‘Call to Renewal’ Keynote Address.” With Biff Rocha. In What Democrats Talk About When They Talk About God, ed. David Weiss (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, forthcoming, under contract).

Journals
“The Early Modern Political Context to Spinoza’s Bible Criticism.” Scottish Journal of Theology (forthcoming).

“Stanley Hauerwas and Pope John Paul II on Peace, Truth, and Life.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 13, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2006) : 46-65.

“J.R.R. Tolkien as a Christian for our Times.” Evangelical Review of Theology 29, no. 2 (April 2005) : 164-177.

“Media Portrayals of American Catholic Concerns About the US War in Iraq.” With Biff Rocha, Global Media Journal 3, no. 5 (Fall 2004) ISSN: 1550-7521.

“J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in the Light of Hans Urs von Balthasar.” Renascence 56, no. 3 (Spring 2004) : 181-196.

“Papal Primacy in the Early Church: St. Augustine and the Case of Antoninus of Fussala.” Fides Quaerens Intellectum 2, no. 2 (Spring 2003) : 305-326. 


Book Reviews
Review of The Jewish Pesach and the Origins of the Christian Easter, by Clemens Leonhard. Review of Biblical Literature (January 2009)

Review of Ver a Jesús Y Sus Signos, Y Creer en Él, by Fernando Ramos Pérez. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2005)


Conference Proceedings
“The Political and Evangelical Context of Pope John Paul II’s Outreach to the Marginalized.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2006) : 100-130.

“Revisiting the Seventeenth-Century European ‘Wars of Religion.’” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2005) : 66-80.

“Historiographical Conflict Within Biblical Studies: A Case Study of Nuzi and the Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2004) : 53-65.

“The ‘Sign of the Cross’ in the Acts of Paul and Thecla?” Proceedings of the Eastern Great Lakes & Midwest Biblical Societies 23 (2003) : 91-100.

“75 Years of Comparative Religion at Miami University.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2003) : 81-87.

“Pope John Paul II and the Theory of Evolution.” Proceedings of the Institute for Liberal Studies : Science and Culture 13 (2002) : 38-44.

“The Historicity of Jesus’ Empty Tomb.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2002) : 43-62.

“A Rhetorical Analysis of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” With Biff Rocha. The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2002) : 63-76.

“The Bishop as a ‘Type’ of God the Father in the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2001) : 119-126.

“The Word of God Alone.” With Biff Rocha. The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2001) : 127-132.


Academic Paper Presentations
“Genesis 1-3 and the Exultation of All Creation Around God’s Throne.” College Theology Society, May 31, 2009.

“Spinoza’s Historical Biblical Criticism in Context: The Seventeenth Century Socio-Political Background to the Tractatus theologico-politicus.” Society of Biblical Literature, November 24, 2008.

“From Living Word to Ossified Text: Hobbes, Spinoza, the Bible, and the Redefinition of Religion.” American Academy of Religion, November 1, 2008.

“Creation and Liturgy: The Liturgical Background of Genesis 1-3.” Trends of Ancient Jewish and Christian Mysticism Seminar, University of Dayton, February 26, 2008.

“The Politics Behind Thomas Hobbes’s Early Modern Biblical Criticism.” Society of Biblical Literature, November 19, 2007.

“Genesis 1-3 in a Liturgical Context: The Role of Liturgy in Christian Theological Interpretation of Scripture.” Society of Biblical Literature, November 17, 2007.

“The Political and Evangelical Context of Pope John Paul II’s Outreach to the Marginalized.” Ohio Academy of Religion, April 1, 2006.

“Revisiting the Seventeenth-Century European ‘Wars of Religion.’” Ohio Academy of Religion, April 2, 2005.

“Tolkien’s Christian Fiction.” Stander Symposium, University of Dayton, April 6, 2005.

“Glimpses of Mary in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 23, 2004.

“Historiographical Conflict within Biblical Studies: A Case Study of Nuzi and the Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis.” Ohio Academy of Religion, April 17, 2004.

“Bar-Jonah: A Sign of Divine Inspiration.” Central States Communication Association, April 2, 2004.

“Ecumenical Rhetoric in Fides et Ratio.” Central States Communication Association, April 2, 2004.

“J.R.R. Tolkien vis-à-vis Friedrich Max Müller’s Religionswissenschaft.” Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, March 18, 2004.

“The Visual Depiction of Sin in Tolkien.” National Communication Association, November 23, 2003.

“J.R.R. Tolkien and Christianity.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 17, 2003.

“The ‘Sign of the Cross’ in the Acts of Paul and Thecla?” Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, April 11, 2003.

“75 Years of Comparative Religion at Miami.” Ohio Academy of Religion, March 29, 2003.

“A Test Case in Authority: The Bishop of Rome in the Case of Antoninus of Fussala.” Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, March 21, 2003.

“Matthew 16:16-19 and the Papacy in Light of Volf.” University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies Colloquium, November 6, 2002.

“Tolkien and Lewis in the Light of Von Balthasar.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 19, 2002.

“Pope John Paul II and the Theory of Evolution.” Institute for Liberal Studies’ Interdisciplinary Conference on Science and Culture, April 4, 2002.

“The Historicity of Jesus’ Empty Tomb.” Ohio Academy of Religion, March 23, 2002.

“Things Are Not Always As They Appear: The Dissonance Between the Physical and the Spiritual in Tolkien.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 20, 2001.

“Bishop as ‘Type’ in Ignatius of Antioch.” Ohio Academy of Religion, March 24, 2001.


Joint Paper Presentations of Co-Authored Works
Co-authored paper (with Biff Rocha), “A Rhetorical Analysis of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification,” presented by Biff Rocha at the Ohio Academy of Religion, March 23, 2002.

Co-authored paper (with Biff Rocha), “The Word of God Alone,” presented by Biff Rocha at the Ohio Academy of Religion, March 24, 2001.


Invited Lectures and Speaking Engagements
“Paul through Jewish Eyes.” The Catholic Paul? The Coming Home Network International and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Columbus, Ohio, May 16, 2009.

“No Salvation Outside the Church? A Study of the Book of Jonah.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, May 13, 2009.

“St. Paul’s Use of the Old Testament.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 24, 2008.

“The New in Light of the Old: A Jewish Convert’s Reading of St. Paul.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 24, 2008.

“The Book of Genesis Part III: The Road to Egypt.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, June 11, 2008.

“Modern Biblical Interpretation and the Sacramental Hermeneutic.” Letter & Spirit Summer Institute, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, May 28, 2008.

“The Book of Genesis Part II: The Birth of the People of God.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, May 14, 2008.

“The Book of Genesis Part I: In the Beginning.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, April 9, 2008.

“Did Easter Happen? A Look at the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection.” Theology on Tap, Dayton, Ohio, March 27, 2008.

“Scripture Matters.” Jesus Jams, Youth Ministry Program at St. Agatha Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio, February 17, 2008.

“Holy Mary, Mother of God Part I: Mary in Scripture and in the Church Fathers.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, October 10, 2007.

“Old Testament Signs of Peter and the Eucharist.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 26, 2007.

“For Forgiveness Sake: Understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation Part I: The Biblical Basis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, February 15, 2007.

“The Historical Reliability of the Bible.” Christian Legal Society, Law School, University of Dayton, February 1, 2007.

“My Word: How to Read, Understand, and Pray the Bible.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, October 11, 2006.

“Testimony.” Defending the Faith Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 30, 2006. 

“Dominus Iesus.” Catholic Life, University of Dayton, October 23, 2003.

“Trust in the Lord.” Campus Crusade for Christ, University of Dayton, December 5, 2001.


Popular Periodicals
“Jesus in History.” The Catholic Answer (May/June 2003) : 32-35.

“‘Son of Jonah’ and Papal Infallibility.” The Catholic Answer (September/October 2002) : 38-39, 41.

“The Song of Mary.” The Catholic Answer (May/June 2002) : 32-34.

“Our Daily Bread.” The Catholic Answer (January/February 2002) : 8-10.

“Finding Faith.” Worldwide Challenge (March/April 2001) : 25-27.

“To Remain in Christ.” The Catholic Answer (March/April 2001) : 37-39.

“In the Crosshairs of the Canon.” This Rock (November 2000) : 22-27.

“A Spiritual Journey from Jerusalem to Rome.” New Oxford Review (September 2000) : 27-30, 32-33.


GRANTS, FINANCIAL AWARDS, ASSISTANTSHIPS & HONORS
Summer 2009: University of Dayton Faculty Fund for Vocational Exploration Research Grant, $3,000 for the research project entitled, “Dialectic of Faith and History: A Vocational Exploration of the Early Modern Theological and Historical Discussions Concerning Biblical Interpretation”

Aug 2006-May 07: Competitive Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies to work on doctoral dissertation and teach undergraduate courses

Summer 2006: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, $2,000 for the research project entitled, “Evangelical Catholics and Biblical Hermeneutics: A Test Case of Scott Hahn’s Method of Biblical Interpretation”

Summer 2005: Invited as Visiting Research Scholar for the Summer Scholars’ Program at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem

Summer 2005: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, $2,000 for the research project entitled, “Baruch Spinoza and the Founding of Modern Biblical Criticism”

Summer 2004: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, $1,500 for the research project entitled, “Media Analysis and the War with Iraq”

Aug 2003-May 06: University of Dayton, Religious Studies Department, Assistantships to pursue a Ph.D. in Theology

Summer 2003: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, $1,500 for the research project entitled, “J.R.R. Tolkien Vis-à-vis Friedrich Max Müller’s Religionswissenschaft”

May 2003: Awarded “Honors” on Master’s Thesis, University of Dayton, Religious Studies Department

Summer 2002: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, $1,500 for the research project entitled, “The Relationship Between Nuzi Customs and the Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis”

Aug 2001-May 03: University of Dayton, Religious Studies Department, Assistantships to pursue an M.A. in Theological Studies


PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY
Senior Fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

2005-06: Editor, Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers

2005-06: Vice President, Ohio Academy of Religion

2005-06: Conference Organizer, Ohio Academy of Religion


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association, College Theology Society, Ohio Academy of Religion


LANGUAGES
Catalan (intermediate reading)
French (basic reading)
German (basic reading)
Greek (Attic, Ionic, Koine, basic reading)
Hebrew (Biblical, basic reading)
Italian (basic reading)
Ladino (basic reading)
Latin (Classical, Ecclesiastical, Medieval, basic reading)
Portuguese (intermediate reading)
Spanish (high competence reading, intermediate speaking, basic writing)


TRAVEL, MISSION, SERVICE & STUDY ABROAD
Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Grand Cayman Islands, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Spain, Vatican City


PERSONAL INFORMATION
Born: October 5, 1978 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Married to: Maria C. Morrow
Hobby: Martial Arts


Associates & Staff

Dr. Scott Hahn
Founder and President and Chairman of the Board
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
Episcopal Advisor
Senior Fellows Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B Dr. Joseph C. Atkinson Dr. Christopher Baglow Dr. William Bales Dr. Michael Barber Father Robert Barron Dr. John Bergsma Dr. Richard Bulzacchelli Dr. Matthew Bunson Dr. Aaron Canty Dr. Sebastian Carnazzo Father John S. Custer Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio Father Jeremy Driscoll, O.S.B. Dr. David Fagerberg Dr. Lawrence Feingold Father Pablo Gadenz Father Michael Giesler Dr. Gregory Yuri Glazov Dr. Timothy Gray Dr. Mary Healy Dr. Stephen Hildebrand Dr. Jeremy Holmes Dr. Kenneth Howell Dr. Leroy Huizenga Monsignor Michael Hull Dr. Andrew Jones Dr. Daniel A. Keating Father William Kurz, S.J. Father Thomas Lane Dr. Taylor Marshall Dr. Timothy Milinovich Dr. Robert P. Miller Dr. Jeffrey Morrow Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. Dr. James L. Papandrea Dr. Brant Pitre Fr. Jospeh Poggemeyer Dr. Thomas Scheck Dr. Nathanael E. Schmiedicke Dr. James Shelton Dr. Daniel G. Van Slyke Dr. Steven C. Smith Dr. Edward Sri Father Kris Stubna Dr. Andrew Swafford Dr. Michel Therrien Dr. Andre Villeneuve Dr. Benjamin Wiker Dr. Peter Williamson Dr. Carol Younger