Dr. Marvin Wilson Marvin Wilson
Marvin R. Wilson, Ph.D. Dr. Wilsons teaching specialty is Old Testament, Jewish Studies and the Hebraic origins of Christianity. Overall, Wilsons professional teaching career spans five decades, including forty-one years at Gordon College. An active writer, Dr. Wilson has authored or edited nine books. His widely used textbook, Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith (Wm. B. Eerdmans) was singled out by Christian Century magazine as an all-time best seller in the field of religion. Throughout his professional career, Wilson has labored extensively to build bridges of understanding and respect between Christians and Jews. He served as organizer and co-chair of four national conferences of Christians and Jews. For more than a decade Wilson served on the Committee on Church Relations and the Holocaust at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. He has served on the board of directors of the Holocaust Center Boston North since its inception.
Wilson has made 26 study tours of Israel and the Middle East and has lectured widely in churches, synagogues and at conferences. Among various venues, he has addressed an International Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland, a conference for Israeli foreign diplomats in Chicago, a conference of religious leaders from 97 nations at the Jerusalem Convention Center in Israel, a conference for members of the German parliament on Christian-Jewish Reconciliation After the Holocaust in Washington, D.C., and the Abrahamic Program of the Chautauqua Institute of Religion in New York.
In 2010, a group of twenty Jewish and Christian scholars presented Wilson with a surprise 400-page Festschrift of essays written in his honor to celebrate his life long effort to improve Christian-Jewish relations. Titled, Perspectives on Our Father Abraham, the work is published by Wm. B. Eerdmans.