Hal Taussig, author of A New New Testament

Ph.D., The Union Institute

M.Div., Methodist Theological School in Ohio

A.B., Antioch College

Hal Taussig

Visiting Professor of New Testament
Union Theological Seminary,  New York, New York

Professor of Early Christianity
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, Wyncote, Pennsylvania

Co-pastor, Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church (retired)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Hal Taussig is Visiting Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he has taught masters and doctoral level studies since 1998. He also is Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia. He has retired from 30+ years as a United Methodist pastor, and now is specially assigned by his bishop as a consultant to local congregations. Taussig is co-chair of the national Society of Biblical Literature's Consultation on Greco-Roman Meals, and on the steering committees of the SBL's Seminar on Modern Theories and Ancient Myths of Christian Origins and the Greco-Roman Meals Consultation. Among his 14 authored books is the recent A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts. His mediography includes the New York Times on-line edition, the Daily Show, Time Magazine and Newsweek opinion pages, the New York Times op-ed page, People Magazine, and Paul Zahn Now.

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Special Study

  • Institut Catholique, Paris, France, 1967–1968
  • University of Basel, Switzerland, 1974–1976

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer in New Testament, Union Theological Seminary, 1999–2000
  • Graduate Faculty, Holistic Spirituality, Chestnut Hill College, 1990–
  • Graduate Faculty, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, 1993–
  • Adjunct Faculty, St. Joseph's University, 1985–1991
  • Adjunct Faculty, Albright College, 1982–1989
  • Visiting Professor of New Testament, School of Theology at Claremont, 1982–1986

Professional Service

  • Steering Committee, Ancient Texts and Modern Theories of Christian Origins Seminar, Society of Biblical Literature, 1997–
  • Board of Directors, Protestant Campus Ministry, Drexel University, 1995–

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Chestnut Hill Community Association, 1990–1992
  • Founder and Board of Directors, West Philadelphia Educational Broadcasting Corporation, 1981–1986
  • Acting Executive Director, West Philadelphia Fund for Human Development, 1982–1983