Professor M. Avrum Ehrlich

Honorary Associate

M. Avrum Ehrlich is a theologian, social philosopher and scholar of Jewish texts.

He is a full professor of Judaic studies at the Centre of Judaic and Inter-Religious Studies at Shandong University, a government funded national centre for Inter-religious research in Jinan, Shandong Province, the People's Republic of China where he teaches text based courses including: Philosophy of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud, Jewish law and Jewish Mysticism. He is also a Vice President for Special Projects at Shandong Yingcai University, Shandong Province, China and is an honorary Professor in the Dept. of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish studies, in the School of Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at Sydney University, Australia. He holds several honorary positions relating to Jewish, Israel and Chinese relations. He shares his time between China, Australia and Israel and travels the U.S and Europe for lecture tours and conferences.

His personal research interests include Jewish leadership and trans-generational transfer of authority and ideas, the governing mechanics of religions and messianism in Judaism and Christianity and comparative thought.

Selected publications


  • The Jewish – Chinese Nexus: Ancient Civilizations in Modernity (Editor) (Routledge, 2008).
  • Jews and Judaism in Modern China (Routledge, 2009).
  • Negotiating Minority Religious Identities in Asia (Editor), (Brill, 2009).
  • Leadership in the Habad Movement: A Critical Study of Habad
    Leadership, History and Succession
    , (Jason Aronson, New Jersey, 2000).
  • The Messiah of Brooklyn: Understanding Lubavitch Hasidism Past and
    (KTAV, New Jersey, 2004)
  • Editor-in-Chief of Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, (ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, 2008). This three volume work includes brings together hundreds of scholars of Diaspora studies into a comprehensive collection of essays and surveys of Diaspora regions, communities and themes supervised by an editorial board of distinguished scholars including: Amotz Asa-El, Alan Crown, Sergio DellaPergola, Martin Gilbert, Isi Leibler, Uzi Rebhun, Jehuda Reinharz, Jonathan Sarna, Gabriel Sheffer, Fu Youde, Yomtov Assis.