Susannah Heschel to Deliver Talk on Christians, Nazis and the Bible

The chair of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth, Heschel is the keynote speaker at the College’s annual Schweitzer Lecture on Nov. 7.

Susannah Heschel at DartmouthOn Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in room 5B of the Kelly Commons, Susannah Heschel, Ph.D. will deliver the 10th annual Frederick M. Schweitzer Lecture, titled “When Jesus Was an Aryan: Christians, Nazis and the Bible.”

Prior to the lecture, there will be a commemoration of Kristallnacht, literally “night of crystal,” that refers to the wave of anti-Semitic violence resulting in shards of crystal and broken glass that occurred in November 1938 throughout Germany, Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia that had been occupied by German troops.

Heschel is the Eli Black Professor and chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus and The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany and numerous edited volumes and more than 100 articles. She has held research grants from the Carnegie Foundation, the Ford Foundation, a Rockefeller fellowship at the National Humanities Center and a yearlong fellowship at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.

The daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Susannah Heschel is a Guggenheim Fellow and has just completed a book on the history of European Jewish scholarship, Judischer Islam: Islam und judisch-deutsche Selbstbestimmung, due to be released in the spring of 2018. 

Refreshments will be served at the event, which is free and open to the public. For more information about events within Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith (HGI) Education Center, contact Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the HGI Center, at or (718) 862-7284.

By Pete McHugh