Noted Author Paula Fredriksen Delivers Annual Saint Augustine Lecture Nov. 10

Fredriksen, a professor of religion at Boston University and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is the author of Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Noted author of Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism, Paula Fredriksen delivers Villanova University’s 2010 Saint Augustine Lecture Nov. 10 in the Driscoll Hall Auditorium on the University’s Main Campus. The Saint Augustine Lecture, held annually since 1959, is presented this year as one of many ways of celebrating November as Augustinian Heritage Month. Sponsored by the Augustinian Institute, this lecture also highlights the Augustinian mission of Villanova University by exploring the riches of Saint Augustine’s thought in a public, engaging way.

Free and open to the public, the 7:00 p.m. lecture is sponsored by The Augustinian Institute.

“This lecture by Paula Fredriksen should stimulate and enhance an inter-religious dialogue rooted in careful scholarship and personal experience,” said Fr. Allan Fitzgerald, O.S.A., Director of the Augustinian Institute at Villanova University. “She has uncovered – in the thought of Augustine – an example of how to look beyond stereotypes to the ‘something more’ that Augustine always sought.”

Fredriksen is the Aurelio Chair of Scripture Emerita at Boston University and professor of religion at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Besides translating two of Augustine’s early commentaries on Paul (Augustine on Romans), she has written From Jesus to Christ: The Origins of the New Testament Images of Jesus and Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews: A Jewish Life and the Emergence of Christianity.

In her most recent book, Augustine and the Jews: A Christian Defense of Jews and Judaism (2008), Fredriksen traces the origins and growth of Christian anti-Judaism, while exploring Augustine’s singular response and challenge to it.

The Augustinian Institute serves Villanova University as a dynamic resource, which connects Augustine’s thought and legacy to the mission of Villanova University and also seeks broad collaboration beyond its boundaries so that the voice of Augustine may continue to speak effectively to today’s world.