Reverend Peter A. Pettit, Ph.D. is a Research Fellow of the Kogod Research Center at the Shalom Hartman Institute and Director of the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Associate Professor of Religion Studies at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
A Lutheran minister (ELCA), the Rev. Pettit has been affiliated with the Hartman Institute theology conference since its inception in 1984 and serves as co-director.
He was co-director of the Institute’s New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel project, which produced the Images of Israel Video Lecture Series.
He has held research fellowships at the Hebrew University, American Jewish University, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and Hebrew College.
His research and teaching focus on the hermeneutics of self-understanding in the Jewish and Christian communities. He has authored several curriculum resources for interfaith encounter as well as numerous articles, book chapters, dictionary and encyclopedia entries, and book reviews.
Peter delivered the 24th Annual Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher Memorial Lecture of Christian-Jewish Dialogue , which celebrates the strengthening of Catholic-Jewish relations, at Seton Hall University in New Jersey on October 26, 2017.