• Michael G. Azar

    Michael G. Azar

    Associate Professor of Theology/Religious Studies at the University of Scranton

    Michael G. Azar is Associate Professor of Theology/Religious Studies at the University of Scranton. He holds a PhD in New Testament from Fordham University and an MA in theology from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. His first book is Exegeting the Jews: The Early Reception of the Johannine “Jews” (Brill, 2016). He was a 2021 Faculty Fellow at the Gail and Francis Slattery Center for the Ignatian Humanities at the University of Scranton and  a 2021–22 NEH Faculty Fellow at the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. 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.

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Religion and Conflict

Orthodox Christians in Gaza City

In his fight against those in Gaza whom he called “human animals,” the Israeli defense minister on October 8 vowed to act “accordingly” by cutting off fuel, food, water, and electricity to the impoverished strip of land. With this explicit policy of collective punishment (which has gotten even more collective and punishing in the last...
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Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Public Life

Christians of Holy Land and the Jewish State

Amid the growth of Islamist persecution in the last few years, a variety of think tanks and politicians have sought to bring the plight of Christians in the Middle East to the forefront of American politics. Amid such fervor, Israeli leaders have also claimed their role in the defense of Christians.... Read more.
Christian Practice, Holy and Great Council

Fasting, the Church, and the World

This essay was sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America’s Special Project on the Holy and Great Council and published by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University. Reflecting Jesus’s own Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7)—a passage which has been and remains ... Read more.