This fall, Hartford Seminary has welcomed a new addition to the faculty associate ranks. Prof. Theodore A. Perry, or Tony as he's known to most, is a scholar of Jewish Scriptures with an extensive academic background. He is also the author of 12 books, most recently God's Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible (2008). His Joyous Vanity: Qohelet’s Guide to Living Well, is due to be published soon.
Prof. Perry comes to the seminary most recently from Boston College, where he held the Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations from 2011-2013. Prof. Perry has published and taught prolifically in the areas of comparative literature, the Hebrew Bible as literature, medieval Sephardic (Spanish Jewish) and Spanish literature, religious studies, paremiology, and 16th-century French literature. He was Professor of Comparative Literature at Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, Cardin Chair in Jewish Studies at Loyola College in Maryland, Visiting Fulbright Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Professor of Modern and Classical Languages at the University of Connecticut. He has also taught at Williams College and Smith College.
Prof. Perry studied at Yale University (Ph.D., Romance Philology; M.A., French Literature), the Université de Bordeaux, France (Fulbright Fellow in French Literature and Philosophy), Post-Doctoral study at Brandeis University and Hebrew University, and Bowdoin College (B.A.summa cum laude, French).