Professor of Religious Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill
Yaakov Ariel is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of Chicago, where he completed a doctoral degree on Christian messianic groups and their relation to Jews and Zionism. His research focuses on Protestant Christianity and its attitudes towards the Jewish people; on Christian-Jewish relations in the modern era; and on the Jewish reaction to modernity. His second book, Evangelizing the Chosen People, was awarded the Albert C. Outler prize by the American Society of Church History. Ariel is a professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and co-Director of the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies.