Rabbi Asher Finkel has been a full Professor at Seton Hall University since 1975 when, in response to the Second Vatican Council, he helped found the Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies and assisted in developing the program's unique curriculum, which serves as a model for eliminating prejudice through understanding.
In addition to teaching courses in the graduate program, he also hosted the Lehrhaus, a weekly Masoretic reflection on the Torah portion for the preceding Sabbath. For 15 years, Rabbi Finkel has given countless students and members of the general public a deeper appreciation for rabbinic Judaism through his Lehrhaus presentations.
A disciple of Rabbi Joseph Ber Soloveitchik, Rabbi Finkel received his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University and earned his Ph.D. from Tübingen University (Germany). Before joining Seton Hall, he was an Assistant Professor at Tübingen University (1962-1966) and an Associate Professor at New York University (1966-1973).
Rabbi Finkel is an expert in the Torah, Rabbinic Judaism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Gospels and early Christianity.
- Ph.D., Tubingen University
- Ordination, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, Yeshiva University
- B.A., M.A., Yeshiva University
- "Elijah in Light of Rabbinic and Early Christian Sources."
Teshuvah Institute Papers, 3-11, January 2011.
"Jews: Post Biblical History." New Catholic Encyclopedia, Online edition, June 2010.
- "Two Rabbinic Views of Christianity in the Middle Ages."
Presentation at Conference, May 2010.
- "The Midrashic Construct of Early Christian Texts in Light of Early Homiletics in the Synagogue." 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, August 2009.
- "The “Alenu” Prayer: A Protest or Acclamation."
44th International Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2009.
- "The Significant Dynamics of Masorah as Attested in Early Rabbinic Texts, Qumranic Pesharim and the Teachings of Jesus."
Institute of Masoretic Studies Annual, Boston, MA, November 2008.
- The Shalom Award by the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies, Seton Hall University, 2002
- Recognition for dynamic lecture presentation at Young Israel of Loch Sheldrake by Harry Walker Lecture Agency of NYC, 1999
- Torah Award for Excellence in teaching by Community Center of 6th Street Synagogue, NYC, 1998
- Award and Recognition by Maryknoll School of Theology for Biblical teaching, 1964-1986
- Lindback Foundation for excellence in teaching at New York University, 1968