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Dr. Matthew Tapie

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    Dr. Matthew Tapie

    Assistant Professor of Theology and & Director, Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies

    Dr. Tapie is Assistant Professor of Theology, and Director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida. His teaching and research interests are in the thought of Thomas Aquinas, Judaism and Christian theology, and moral theology. From 2012-2014, Dr. Tapie was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Theology at The Catholic University of America, and was appointed a research fellow at CUA's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue. He has also taught Christian Ethics at Georgetown University, and Loyola University Maryland.

    As Assistant Professor of Theology at Saint Leo University, Dr. Tapie teaches courses in the graduate theology program, and in the University Explorations undergraduate core curriculum. As director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies, he oversees the center’s research fellow program, guest lecturer programs, and interreligious dialogue initiatives. Additionally, Dr. Tapie participates in academic consultations on Jewish-Catholic relations, and has lectured in a variety of national, and international contexts. In 2020, he was invited by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to participate in its official dialogue with Modern Orthodox Jewish leaders.

    Dr. Tapie is the author of Aquinas on Israel and the Church (Pickwick/Wipf & Stock, 2014), which was the focus of a special session at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 12, 2016. He is also co-editor, with Daniel McClain, of Reading Scripture as a Political Act: Essays on the Theopolitical Interpretation of the Bible (Fortress Press, 2015). He has published peer-reviewed articles in the European Journal for the Study of Thomas Aquinas, The Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, and the Journal of Moral Theology.

    Dr. Tapie is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, and the Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations. He also serves on the leadership team of the Catholic Theological Society of America's Consultation on Judaism and Christianity. In 2016, Dr. Tapie was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust.

    Education

    • Ph.D. The Catholic University of America
    • M.A. Baylor University
    • M.Div. Abilene Christian University
    • B.A. Abilene Christian University

    Courses Taught

    • Augustine and Aquinas
    • History and Theology of Catholic-Jewish Relations
    • Catholicism and World Religions
    • World Religions in Dialogue