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Hartford Seminary

Theodore A. Perry

Faculty Associate in Jewish Scriptures


Areas of Study


Theodore A. 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. In 2011-2013 he held the Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College. Dr. 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).

He is the author of twelve books, including Erotic Spirituality: The Integrative Tradition from Leone Ebreo to John Donne (University: University of Alabama Press, 1980); The Moral Proverbs of Santob de Carrión: Jewish Wisdom in Christian Spain (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1987); Dialogues with Kohelet (Penn State, 1993); Wisdom Literature and the Structure of Proverbs (Penn State, 1993); The Honeymoon is Over: Jonah’s Arguments with God (2006); God’s Twilight Zone: Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible (2008). His Joyous Vanity: Qohelet’s Guide to Living Well, is forthcoming.


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