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Distinguished Professor emeritus Jack Miles to be Boston College visiting chair

March 12, 2018
Distinguished Professor emeritus Jack Miles to be Boston College visiting chair
John R. “Jack” Miles has been named the 2018-19 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at Boston College’s Center for Christian-Jewish Learning.

John R. “Jack” Miles, UCI Distinguished Professor emeritus of English and religious studies, has been appointed the 2018-19 Corcoran Visiting Chair in Christian-Jewish Relations at the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning at Boston College. An accomplished scholar, he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his first book, God: A Biography; was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1990; and received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2002. His interest in Jewish-Christian relations dates back to the mid-1960s, when he spent a year at the Hebrew University and was in Haifa, Israel, during the Six-Day War. He has honorary degrees from American Jewish University and Hebrew Union College.  During his tenure as the Corcoran Chair, Miles will complete a book, The Greatest Translation of All Time, about the original translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew and Aramaic into Greek. He will also teach a course and organize a conference.