Senior Fellows

Dr. Stephen Hildebrand

Dr. Stephen Hildebrand, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He earned his Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Fordham University, writing his dissertation on "Liguistic Achievement and Scriptural Exegesis in the Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea." Dr. Hildebrand has published articles in Vigiliae Christianae, The American Benedictine Review, and Augustinian Studies, and delivered papers at conferences of the North American Patristics Society. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife, Sara Anne. 

Selected Articles:
A Reconsideration of the Development of Basil’s Trinitarian Theology: The Dating of Ep. 9 and Contra Eunomium

Oboedientia and Oboedire in the Rule of St. Benedict

The Letter Kills but the Spirit Gives Life: Romans 7 in the Early Works of Augustine and in Rufinus’s Translation of Origen’s Commentary


Curriculum Vitae

Degrees
Ph.D., Historical Theology, Fordham University, Bronx (2002). Dissertation: “Linguistic Achievement and Scriptural Exegesis in the Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea” under the direction of Rev. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.

M. Phil., Historical Theology, Fordham University, Bronx (2000).

M.A., Historical Theology, Fordham University, Bronx (1997).

B.A., Philosophy and Mathematics, University of St. Thomas, Houston (1995).

Professional Positions

2002-present: Assistant Professor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH

2002: Theological consultant, St. Mary’s Press, Winona, MN

2001-2002: Instructor of Theology, Franciscan University of Steubenville

2000-2001: Latin Instructor, St. Agnes Academy, Houston

1999-2000: Part-time Latin Instructor, Fordham Preparatory School, Bronx

1998-1999: Adjunct Instructor of Theology, University of St. Thomas, Houston


Awards and Scholarships

1995-99: Assistantship from Fordham University

1991-95: Presidential Scholarship from the University of St. Thomas

1995 and 1997: Half-tuition Scholarship to CUNY

Membership in Learned Societies

North American Patristics Society

Personal Data

Born October 25, 1973

Married June 15, 1996 to Sara Anne Baechle

Publications

“A Reconsideration of the Development of Basil’s Trinitarian Theology: The Dating of Ep. 9 and Contra Eunomium,” Vigiliae Christianae 58 (2004), pp. 393–406

“Oboedientia and Oboedire in the Rule of St. Benedict,” The American Benedictine Review 52 (2001), pp. 421–36

“The Letter Kills but the Spirit Gives Life: Romans 7 in the Early Works of Augustine and in Rufinus’s Translation of Origen’s Commentary,” Augustinian Studies 31 (2000), pp. 19–39

Public Lectures

“The Development of Basil of Caesarea’s Trinitarian Thought: A Lesson in How History Affects Theology,” Faculty Colloquium, Franciscan University of Steubenville (October 6, 2004)

“The Influence of Apollinaris of Laodicea upon Basil of Caesarea,” annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society (May 2004)

“The Development of the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed,” St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh (March 15, 2004)

“Basil of Caesarea and the Hellenization of the Gospel,” Fourteenth International Conference on Patristic Studies, Oxford (August 2003)

“Scriptural Imagery and Abstract Explanation in the Trinitarian Thought of Basil’s Contra Eunomium,” annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society (May 2002)

“Was Basil of Caesarea an Arian?”  Franciscan University of Steubenville (February 12, 2001)

“Two Approaches to the Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea: Linguistic Analysis and Scriptural Exegesis,” annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society (May 2000)

“The Letter Kills but the Spirit Gives Life: Augustine and Origen on Romans 7,” annual meeting of the North American Patristics Society (May 1998)