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Department of Religious Studies

Fr. David Neuhaus

Fr. David Neuhaus, S.J., converted to Catholicism at age 26, entered the Society of Jesus in 1992 and was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 2000. His meeting with a certain Russian Orthodox nun in Jerusalem at age 15 set him on the path that led to his conversion. Fr. David was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1962 and arrived in Jerusalem in 1977.  Since joining the faculty at Bethlehem University in 2001, Father David has primarily taught two classes: "Introduction to Judaism" and "Introduction to the Old Testament."  He said the program was exceptionally versatile, because it manages to cover a wide range of subjects that can be applied in every day circumstances. "The curriculum covers challenging subject matters and it is really designed, with the support and commitment of the faculty, to open people up to different ideas and to help the students to become critical and independent thinkers," Fr. David said.

A distinguished and serious academic, Fr. David has published an enormous amount of work ranging from Palestinian and Israeli political issues to Jewish Christian relations. His most recent book is entitled The Land, The Bible and History: Toward the Land That I Will Show You. He is also a research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Fr. David earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in Political Science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He then completed degrees in Theology and Scripture in Paris at the Centre Sevres and in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. In addition to his position at Bethlehem University, he also teaches Scripture at the Seminary of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He is currently working on his second doctorate in Religious Studies at Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon. 


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