Shevet Achim Award Honorees

2017 Honoree: Professor Emerita Alice Eckardt

Eckardt AliceAlice L. Eckardt, B.A., M.A., L.H.D., is Professor Emerita, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, where she taught in the Religion Studies Department for many years.  She is a member of the Board, Executive Committee, and Program Committee of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding (IJCU) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA.  She was a Senior Associate Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and a Visiting Scholar and Visiting Professor there for several years.  She was a very active member of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish Relations from 1974 to 2015.

The author of many books and articles, she is particularly known for the now classic work co-authored with her husband, the late A. Roy Eckardt, Long Night's Journey into Day: Life and Faith after the Holocaust (1982; rev. 1988). The book was among the first to call for a radical rethinking of the Christian faith in the light of the Holocaust.

Most recently, she contributed "A Protestant Perspective" to both volumes of Franklin Sherman, ed., Bridges: Documents of the Christian-Jewish Dialogue. She also authored, "Has the Holocaust Been a Turning Point in Christian Theology About Judaism?," Steven T. Katz and Steven Bayme, eds., Continuity and Change; and "Founding Father of Jewish-Christian Relations: The Rev. James Parkes (1896-1981)," Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, 3/1.