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.
Distinguished Professor emeritus Jack Miles to be Boston College visiting chair