Joshua I. Weinstein

Joshua I. Weinstein is Co-Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology, and is a Senior Fellow at the Herzl Institute. His work in ethics, politics and psychology focuses on classical thought (Plato, Talmud) as well as contemporary philosophy, phenomenology and cognitive science.

Josh Weinstein studied physics at Princeton University, Jewish law and thought at R. Yitzchak Yechiel Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and philosophy at University of California – Irvine and Hebrew University (PhD. 2005). In 2009-2010 he was a Starr Fellow at the Center for Jewish Studies at Harvard University and has since taught Greek philosophy at Ben-Gurion University and served as a fellow at Shalem College.

Weinstein’s recent work includes “Philosophia and the Love of Wisdom” and “Yishuv Medinah and a Rabbinic Alternative to Greek Political Philosophy.”

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Dru Johnson

Dru Johnson is Associate Director of the Templeton Foundation’s Project in Jewish Philosophical Theology, where he is responsible for liaising with Christian scholars interested in studying Hebrew scripture. Johnson is Assistant Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at The King’s College in New York City and co-chairs the Hebrew Bible and Philosophy unit in the Society for Biblical Literature. He has previously worked as an IT manager and served as a pastor for 10 years in St. Louis, Missouri and St. Andrews, Scotland. Prof. Johnson studied analytic philosophy at the University of Missouri (St. Louis). His doctoral research at the University of St. Andrews explored epistemology in the Pentateuch and Mark’s gospel. He is the author of Biblical Knowing: A Scriptural Epistemology of Knowing (Cascade, 2013), Scripture’s Knowing: A Companion to Biblical Epistemology (Cascade, 2015) and Knowledge by Ritual: A Biblical Prolegomenon to Sacramental Theology (Eisenbrauns, 2016). He is married and has four children.

Yoram Hazony

Yoram Hazony is President of the Herzl Institute and the Director of the John Templeton Foundation’s project in Jewish Philosophical Theology. He is founder and past President of the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, now Shalem College. His research interests include philosophy of mind, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, and political philosophy. His next book is God and Politics in Esther, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Previous books include The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture (Cambridge University Press, 2012), which was awarded the second place PROSE award for the best book in the category of Theology and Religion by the Association of American Publishers; and The Jewish State: The Struggle for Israel’s Soul (Basic Books, 2000). He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Political Theory from Rutgers University.

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