van Buren, Paul M.

Paul M. van Buren (Protestant) was educated at Harvard University and Episcopal Theological School and earned his Doctor of Theology, summa cum laude, at the University of Basel, Switzerland. He was ordained in the Episcopal Church, U.S.A., and taught for seven years as Associate Professor of Theology at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest and for twenty-two years as Professor at Temple University, Department of Religion, in Philadelphia. Dr. van Buren has, since 1975, concentrated on the theology of the relationship between the Church and the Jewish people. He has written eight books, including a three-volume systematic Theology of the Jewish-Christian Reality (Part I: Discerning the Way; Part II: A Christian Theology of the People Israel; Part III: Christ in Context. Lanham, New York, London, University Press of America, 1995). In 1980 he became a member of the World Council of Churches' Consultation on the Church and the Jewish People. Since 1987 he is Honorary Professor for Systematic Theology, University of Heidelberg, Germany. He is, since then, also associated with the Shalom Hartman Institute for Judaic Studies in Jerusalem. He is a Past President (1988) of the American Theological Society. He won the Sigmund Sternberg Award of the International Council of Christians and Jews. See: In Memoriam