Professor Brings Jewish Perspective to Seminary

April 14, 2007

Author: Robin Roenker

Source: Lexington Herald-Leader

Laurence H. Kant will officially join the faculty of Lexington Theological Seminary on Tuesday as a tenured associate professor of the history of religion.

The appointment might sound routine, but one factor sets it apart: Kant is a Jew. He will be one of only a handful of Jewish scholars in the world on the faculty at a Christian seminary or divinity school. He will also be, he believes, the first-ever tenured Jewish historian of religion at a seminary.

"It's a significant thing for interfaith relationships," Kant said.

Rabbi Marc Kline of Lexington's Temple Adath Israel said Kant's installation is a blessing for the seminary, located off South Limestone, and for the community.