- Created: December 17, 2015
Dr. Michael Wyschogrod (September 28, 1928 - December 17, 2015) was a Jewish German-American philosopher of religion, Jewish theologian, and activist for Jewish-Christian interfaith dialog. During his academic career he taught in philosophy and religion departments of several universities in the United States, Europe, and Israel.
Wyschogrod's best-known work is The Body of Faith: God in the People Israel (1989; 2nd edition: The Body of Faith: God and the People Israel). His Abraham's Promise: Judaism and Jewish-Christian Relations (2004) is a collection of some of his most seminal essays on Jewish-Christian relations from throughout his career.
Jonathan D. Sarna, the editor of H-Judaic, the Jewish Studies Network, writes of Prof Wyschogrod:
"[He was the] longtime professor of philosophy at CUNY, and later the University of Houston, and one of the premier Jewish theologians of our time. Born in Berlin, Wyschogrod was expelled by the Nazis and emigrated to New York in 1939. Late in life, he recalled his childhood and emigration in an interview, available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucF2gn_26Lg. In America, he studied at Yeshiva University with Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and went on to receive a doctorate at Columbia. His doctorate, published under the title Kierkegaard and Heidegger, remains in print.
"In recent years, Wyschogrod's theology has itself been the subject of studies, most importantly by Rabbi Dr. Meir Y. Soloveichik. His article on Wyschogrod's theology in First Things is available here: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2009/11/gods-first-love-the-theology-of-michael-wyschogrod."