Speaker Biographies


            Hal Taussig is a post-modern theologian, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, and United Methodist pastor.   The most recent of his 14 published books include A New New Testament: A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts; A New Spiritual Home: Progressive Christianity at the Grass Roots; Re-Reading the Gospel of Mark Amidst Loss and Trauma; and In the Beginning Was the Meal: Social Experimentation and Early Christian Identity. 

            Taussig has recently retired from the Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he was Professor of New Testament and from the United Methodist pastorate.  He is Co-Chair of the Westar Institute’s national Christianity Seminar and a member of Westar’s Board of Directors.  He is also co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s book series, The Bible and Culture Series and a member of the national Society of Biblical Studies Seminar on Meals in the Greco-Roman World.  He is Professor of Early Christianity at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and on-going faculty at the national Holden Village conference center.

            His mediography includes The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Daily Show, People Magazine, Newsweek Magazine, Live with Paula Zahn, National Public Radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the Bob Edwards Show on Sirius Radio, The History Channel, and the Washington Post.