Dr. Philip Cunningham, professor of theology and religious studies and director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations, received SJU’s 2019 Tengelmann Award for Distinguished Research and Teaching. This award may be received only once during a faculty member’s time at Saint Joseph’s University, and is one of the highest honors a professor can receive from the university. The award was presented by University President Dr. Mark C. Reed at commencement on May 18, 2019.
The testimonial read by University Provost Dr. Jeanne Brady stated, “Dr. Cunningham is one of the most prominent scholars in the field of Jewish-Christian relations, having authored seven books and dozens of articles across a wide array of religious and interfaith subjects, including theology, the Bible, religious education and history. He has served on the advisory committee on Catholic-Jewish relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and recently completed a term as president of the International Council of Christians and Jews. International academic achievements notwithstanding, Dr. Cunningham shines most in the classroom, where he demonstrates remarkable skill as a translator of seemingly inscrutable religious texts to the minds of young theologians.”