Dr. Jeffrey Morrow

Dr. Jeffrey L. Morrow is a Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a Senior Fellow of the Principium Institute, a Fellow of the Institute for Biblical Research, and is Professor and Chair of Undergraduate Theology at Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology, in the program on the U.S. Catholic Experience, from the University of Dayton. His specialization is in Historical Theology and the History of Exegesis, particularly in the Modern Period and in the U.S. He has participated as a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem in their Summer Scholars Program.

Dr. Morrow was raised culturally Jewish, attended Hebrew school and had a bar mitzvah. He earned his B.A. from Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, with majors in both Comparative Religion and Classical Greek and with a minor in Jewish Studies. At Miami he became an evangelical Protestant, and then entered the Catholic Church, Easter Vigil of 1999. His M.A. from the University of Dayton in Theological Studies focused on Biblical Studies.

Dr. Morrow is the author of Alfred Loisy and Modern Biblical Studies (Catholic University of America Press, 2019), Theology, Politics, and Exegesis: Essays on the History of Modern Biblical Criticism (Pickwick Publications, 2017), Seeking the Lord of Middle Earth (Cascade Books, 2017), Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence (Principium Institute, 2017), Three Skeptics and the Bible (Pickwick Publications, 2016) and has published articles in a variety of academic journals and popular periodicals, including Journal of Religious History, International Journal of Systematic Theology, New Blackfriars, Pro Ecclesia, Crisis, Homiletic & Pastoral Review, and The Catholic Answer.

He resides with his wife Maria and their six children Maia, Eva, Patrick, Robert, John, and Nicholas in northern New Jersey. His wife Maria also earned her Theology Ph.D. from the University of Dayton.

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Theology; University of Dayton, Ohio, 2003-2007. Dissertation: “Evangelical Catholics and Catholic Biblical Scholarship: An Examination of Scott Hahn’s Canonical, Liturgical, and Covenantal Biblical Exegesis”

M.A., Theological Studies; University of Dayton, Ohio, 2001-2003. Thesis: “Matthew 16:17-19 in its Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Context: Implications for Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Dialogue on the Papacy”

B.A., Comparative Religion and Classical Greek; Miami University, Ohio, 1997-2001

 

TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL

2014-Present: Chair, Department of Undergraduate Theology, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2019-Present: Professor, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2013-19: Associate Professor, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2015-16: Visiting Scholar, Princeton Theological Seminary

2009-13: Assistant Professor, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

Summer 2010: Faculty, William J. Toth Summer Institute for Family Spirituality, Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2008-09: Lecturer, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

2007-08: Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

Summers 2002-04, 07-08: Adjunct Faculty, Junior State of America, Princeton University Campus

2006-07: Doctoral Fellow, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

Summer 2006: Adjunct Faculty, Junior State of America, Northwestern University Campus

2002-03, 04-06: Instructor, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

2001-02, 03-04: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Dayton, Department of Religious Studies

 

M.A. Thesis Directed

Israel Rodriguez, “Colossians 1:24 and Romans 8 in St. John Paul II’s Salvifici Doloris: Towards a Theology of Suffering,” 2016.

 

Graduate Courses Taught

Luke and Acts

Revelation and Faith

Ecclesiology

The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

The Eucharist

Catholic Apologetics

Old Testament Spirituality

The Eucharist and the Family

 

Graduate Independent Study Directed

John Ginty, The Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

Jeong Gyeong Kim, The Eucharist

 

Undergraduate Independent Studies Directed

Daniel Schuler, Theology of the New Testament

Cesar Chen, The Bible: Word of God and Book of the Church

Peter Dill, The History of Apologetics

Peter Dill, The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

 

Undergraduate Courses Taught

The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

The Teachings of St. John Paul II

The Pentateuch

Theology of the New Testament

Theology of the Old Testament

The Eucharist and the Family

Jesus Christ and the Mystery of the Church: Introduction to Christology and Ecclesiology

Christianity and Culture in Dialogue

Christian Belief and Thought

Religion and Literature

Religion and Film

Apologetics

The Bible: Word of God and Book of the Church

To Know God: Introduction to Roman Catholic Doctrine

The Journey of Transformation

Introduction to Religion: Catholic Option: Social Justice Cohort

Introduction to Religion: Catholic Option

Introduction to Religion: General Option: World Religions

Speech Communication

 

Teaching Training

2004-06: Teaching Seminars and Group Discussions on teaching effectiveness funded by a $70,000 Wabash grant to the University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies

2002-03 and 2004-05: Graduate Student weekly teaching training led by the Graduate Advisor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies

 

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Pretensions of Objectivity: Toward a Criticism of Biblical Criticism. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2019.

Alfred Loisy and Modern Biblical Studies. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2019.

Theology, Politics, and Exegesis: Essays on the History of Modern Biblical Criticism. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2017.

Seeking the Lord of Middle Earth: Theological Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2017.

Jesus’ Resurrection: A Jewish Convert Examines the Evidence. Toledo, OH: Principium Institute, 2017.

Three Skeptics and the Bible: La Peyrère, Hobbes, Spinoza, and the Reception of Modern Biblical Criticism. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2016.

 

Journals

“Thy Kingdom Come: The Church and the Kingdom of God in Loisy’s L’Évangile et l’Église.” Downside Review 137, no. 1 (2019): 3-13.

“Études Bibliques: The Early Biblical Work of Alfred Loisy.” Modernism 4 (2018): 12-32.

“Studies in Scripture for Moral Theologians.” Journal of Moral Theology 7, no. 2 (2018): 36-56.

“Spinoza and the Theo-Political Implications of his Freedom to Philosophize.” New Blackfriars 99, no. 1081 (2018): 374-387.

“Thomas More on the Sadness of Christ: From Mystagogy to Martyrdom.” Heythrop Journal 58, no. 3 (2017): 365-373.

“The Acid of History: La Peyrère, Hobbes, Spinoza, and the Separation of Faith and Reason in Modern Biblical Studies.” Heythrop Journal 58, no. 2 (2017): 169-180.

Dei verbum in Light of the History of Catholic Biblical Interpretation.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 23, no. 1-2 (2016): 227-249.

“Babylon in Paris: Alfred Loisy as Assyriologist.” Journal of Religious History 40, no. 2 (2016): 261-276.

“Faith, Reason and History in Early Modern Catholic Biblical Interpretation: Fr. Richard Simon and St. Thomas More.” New Blackfriars 96, no. 1066 (2015): 658-673.

“Cut Off from Its Wellspring: The Politics Behind the Divorce of Scripture from Catholic Moral Theology.” Heythrop Journal 56, no. 4 (2015): 547-558.

“Spinoza’s Use of the Psalms in the Context of His Political Project.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 11 (2015): 1-18.

“Secularization, Objectivity, and Enlightenment Scholarship: The Theological and Political Origins of Modern Biblical Studies.” Logos 18, no. 1 (2015): 14-32.

“Alfred Loisy and les Mythes Babyloniens: Loisy’s Discourse on Myth in the Context of Modernism.” Journal for the History of Modern Theology/Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte 21, no. 1 (2014): 87-103.

Études Assyriologie and 19th and 20th Century French Historical-Biblical Criticism.” Near Eastern Archaeological Society Bulletin 59 (2014): 3-20.

“Historical Criticism as Secular Allegorism: The Case of Spinoza.” Letter & Spirit 8 (2012-2013): 189-221.

“Alfred Loisy’s Developmental Approach to Scripture: Reading the ‘Firmin’ Articles in the Context of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Historical Biblical Criticism.” International Journal of Systematic Theology 15, no. 3 (2013): 324-344.

“Work as Worship in the Garden and the Workshop: Genesis 1-3, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and Liturgical Hermeneutics.” Logos 15, no. 4 (2012): 159-178.

“The Sword that Pierces Sin.” Through Her Intercession (2012): 24-28.

“Pre-Adamites, Politics and Criticism: Isaac La Peyrère’s Contribution to Modern Biblical Studies.” Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 4, no. 1 (2011): 1-23.

Leviathan and the Swallowing of Scripture: The Politics behind Thomas Hobbes’ Early Modern Biblical Criticism.” Christianity & Literature 61, no. 1 (2011): 33-54.

“French Apocalyptic Messianism: Isaac La Peyrère and Political Biblical Criticism in the Seventeenth Century.” Toronto Journal of Theology 27, no. 2 (2011): 203-213.

“The Early Modern Political Context to Spinoza’s Bible Criticism.” Revista de Filosofía 66, no. 3 (2010): 7-24.

“‘Arise and Eat’: 1 Kings 19:3-8 and Elijah’s Death, Resurrection and Bread from Heaven.” Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 3, no. 1 (2010): 1-7.

“The Modernist Crisis and the Shifting of Catholic Views on Biblical Inspiration.” Letter & Spirit 6 (2010): 265-280.

“The Politics of Biblical Interpretation: A ‘Criticism of Criticism.’” New Blackfriars 91, no. 1035 (September 2010): 528-545.

“The Bible in Captivity: Hobbes, Spinoza and the Politics of Defining Religion.” Pro Ecclesia 19, no. 3 (Summer 2010): 285-299.

“Creation as Temple-Building and Work as Liturgy in Genesis 1-3.” Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 2, no. 1 (2009) : 1-13.

“Stanley Hauerwas and Pope John Paul II on Peace, Truth, and Life.” Josephinum Journal of Theology 13, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2006) : 46-65.

“J.R.R. Tolkien as a Christian for our Times.” Evangelical Review of Theology 29, no. 2 (April 2005) : 164-177.

“Media Portrayals of American Catholic Concerns About the US War in Iraq.” With Biff Rocha, Global Media Journal 3, no. 5 (Fall 2004) ISSN: 1550-7521.

“J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis in the Light of Hans Urs von Balthasar.” Renascence 56, no. 3 (Spring 2004) : 181-196.

“Papal Primacy in the Early Church: St. Augustine and the Case of Antoninus of Fussala.” Fides Quaerens Intellectum 2, no. 2 (Spring 2003) : 305-326.  

 

Book Chapters

“Religion and the Secular State: Loisy’s Use of ‘Religion’ Prior to his Excommunication.” In Constructing Nineteenth-Century Religion: Literary, Historical, and Religious Studies in Dialogue, ed. Joshua King and Winter Jade Werner, 25-45. Columbus: Ohio State University Press 2019.

“The Fate of Catholic Biblical Interpretation in America.” In Weaving the American Catholic Tapestry: Essays in Honor of William L. Portier, ed. Derek C. Hatch and Timothy R. Gabrielli, 41-59. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2017.

“Dancing on the Wall: An Analysis of Barack Obama’s ‘Call to Renewal’ Keynote Address.” With Biff Rocha. In What Democrats Talk About When They Talk About God: Religious Communication in Democratic Party Politics, ed. David Weiss, 129-154. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2010.

 

Book Review Essays

“Averroism, Nominalism, and Mechanization: Hahn and Wiker’s Unmasking of Historical Criticism’s Political Agenda by Laying Bare its Philosophical Roots.” Nova et Vetera 14, no. 4 (2016): 1293-1340.

“The Untold History of Modern Biblical Scholarship’s Pre-Enlightenment Secular Origins.” Journal of Theological Interpretation 8, no. 1 (2014): 145-155.

“The Enlightenment University and the Creation of the Academic Bible: Michael Legaspi’s The Death of Scripture and the Rise of Biblical Studies.” Nova et Vetera 11, no. 3 (2013): 897-922.

 

Book Reviews

Review of Johannine Ethics: The Moral World of the Gospel and Epistles of John, ed. Sherri Brown and Christopher W. Skinner. Journal of Moral Theology 8, no. 2 (2019): 141-143.

Review of Wonderful Things: A History of Egyptology 1: From Antiquity to 1881, by Jason Thompson. Review of Biblical Literature (April 2019).

Review of A History of Biblical Interpretation Volume 3: The Enlightenment through the Nineteenth Century, ed. Alan J. Hauser and Duane F. Watson. Review of Biblical Literature (January 2019).

Review of Criticism and Confession: The Bible in the Seventeenth Century Republic of Letters, by Nicholas Hardy. Review of Biblical Literature (December 2018).

Review of Newman’s Early Roman Catholic Legacy, 1845-1854, by C. Michael Shea. Catholic Books Review (2018).

Review of Empirical Models Challenging Biblical Criticism, ed. Raymond F. Person, Jr. and Robert Rezetko. Review of Biblical Literature (November 2018).

Review of My Perfect One: Typology and Early Rabbinic Interpretation of Song of Songs, by Jonathan Kaplan. Review of Biblical Literature (August 2018).

Review of The New Cambridge History of the Bible Volume 3: From 1450 to 1750, ed. Euan Cameron. Review of Biblical Literature (August 2018).

Review of The Bible—From Late Antiquity to the Renaissance: Writing and Images from the Vatican Library, ed. Ambrogio M. Piazzoni and Francesca Manzari. Reading Religion (February 2018).

Review of »Das Wort Gottes immer mehr zu lieben«: Joseph Ratzingers Bibelhermeneutik im Kontext der Exegese-geschichte der römisch-katholischen Kirche, by Eckart Schmidt. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2018).

Review of Pillars in the History of Biblical Interpretation Volume 1: Prevailing Methods before 1980, ed. Stanley E. Porter and Sean A. Adams. Review of Biblical Literature (December 2017).

Review of The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement, by Ulrich L. Lehner. Catholic Books Review (2017).

Review of Josephus’ Interpretation of the Books of Samuel, by Michael Avioz. Review of Biblical Literature (November 2017).

Review of The Samaritan Version of Saadya Gaon’s Translation of the Pentateuch: Critical Edition and Study of MS London BL OR7562 and Related MSS, by Tamar Zewi. Review of Biblical Literature (July 2017).

Review of Commentary on Midrash Rabba in the Sixteenth Century: The Or ha-Sekhel of Abraham ben Asher, by Benjamin Williams. Reading Religion (July 2017).

Review of Creation: Biblical Theologies in the Context of the Ancient Near East, by Othmar Keel and Silvia Schroer. Review of Biblical Literature (May 2017).

Review of The “Nocturnal Side of Science” in David Friedrich Strauss’s Life of Jesus Critically Examined, by Thomas Fabisiak. Review of Biblical Literature (March 2017).

Review of The Birth of the Trinity: Jesus, God, and Spirit in New Testament and Early Christian Interpretation of the Old Testament, by Matthew W. Bates. Reading Religion (March 2017).

Review of Jesús en la Carta als Hebreus: Una cristologia de matriu jueva, by Jordi Cervera I Valls. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2017).

Review of Una Biblia a varias voces: Estudio textual de la Biblia Políglota Complutense, ed. Ignacio Carbajosa and Andrés García Serrano. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2017).

Review of Pope Benedict XVI: Joseph Ratzinger in Communio, Vol. 2: Anthropology and Culture, ed. David L. Schindler and Nicholas Healy. The Thomist 81, no. 1 (2017): 147-151.

Review of Gregory of Nyssa’s Tabernacle Imagery in Its Jewish and Christian Contexts, by Ann Conway-Jones. Review of Biblical Literature (October 2016).

Review of One True Life: The Stoics and Early Christians as Rival Traditions, by C. Kavin Rowe. Catholic Books Review (2016).

Review of The Rediscovery of Jewish Christianity: From Toland to Baur, ed. F. Stanley Jones. Review of Biblical Literature (September 2016).

Review of The Book of Exodus: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation, ed. Thomas B. Dozeman, Craig A. Evans, and Joel N. Lohr. Review of Biblical Literature (August 2016).

Review of Explorations in the Theology of Benedict XVI, ed. John C. Cavadini. The Thomist 80, no. 3 (2016): 493-497.

Review of Reading Matthew with Monks: Liturgical Interpretation in Anglo-Saxon England, by Derek A. Olsen. Catholic Books Review (2016).

Review of The Primeval Flood Catastrophe: Origins and Early Development in Mesopotamian Traditions, by Y.S. Chen. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2016).

Review of Isaac on Jewish and Christian Altars: Polemic and Exegesis in Rashi and the Glossa Ordinaria, by Devorah Schoenfield. Review of Biblical Literature (January 2016).

Review of New Inscriptions and Seals Relating to the Biblical World, ed. Meir Lubetski and Edith Lubetski. Review of Biblical Literature (December 2015).

Review of The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy, ed. Joseph R. Hacker and Adam Shear. Review of Biblical Literature (September 2015).

Review of Tempel im Alten Orient, ed. Kai Kaniuth, Anne Löhnert, Jared L. Miller, Adelheid Otto, Michael Roaf, and Walther Sallaberger. Review of Biblical Literature (May 2015).

Review of Escudriñar las Escrituras: Verbum Domini y la interpretación bíblica, ed. Luis Sánchez Navarro. Review of Biblical Literature (March 2015).

Review of How to Correct the Sacra Scriptura?: Textual Criticism of the Bible between the Twelfth and Fifteenth Century, by Cornelia Linde. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2015).

Review of The Book of Genesis in Late Antiquity: Encounters Between Jewish and Christian Exegesis, by Emmanouela Grypeou and Helen Spurling. Review of Biblical Literature (October 2014).

Review of The Resurrection of the Messiah: A Narrative Commentary on the Resurrection Accounts in the Four Gospels, by Francis J. Moloney, SDB. Catholic Books Review (2014).

Review of Charity: The Place of the Poor in the Biblical Tradition, by Gary A. Anderson. Catholic Books Review (2014).

Review of Temple Building and Temple Cult: Architecture and Cultic Paraphernalia of Temples in the Levant (2. – 1. Mill. B.C.E.): Proceedings of a Conference on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Biblical Archaeology at the University of Tübingen (28th-30th of May 2010), ed. Jens Kamlah. Review of Biblical Literature (January 2014).

Review of Karl Heinrich Grafs Arbeit am Alten Testament: Studien zu einer wissenschaftlichen Biographie, by Joachim Conrad. Review of Biblical Literature (July 2013).

Review of Pope Alexander III (1159-81): The Art of Survival, ed. Peter D. Clarke and Anne J. Duggan. Catholic Books Review (2013)

Review of The Historical Jesus of the Gospels, by Craig S. Keener. Nova et Vetera 10, no. 4 (2012): 1220-1226.

Review of Cassian’s Conferences: Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal, by Christopher J. Kelly. Catholic Books Review (2012)

Review of The Bible and American Culture: A Sourcebook, ed. Claudia Setzer and David A. Shefferman. Horizons 39, no. 1 (Spring 2012): 124-125.

Review of History of Biblical Interpretation Volume 4: From the Enlightenment to the Twentieth Century, by Henning Graf Reventlow. Review of Biblical Literature (May 2012).

Review of Jewish-Christian Dialogue and the Life of Wisdom: Engagements with the Theology of David Novak, by Matthew Levering. The Thomist 75, no. 2 (2011): 336-340.

Review of L’invention critique de la Bible: XVe – XVIIIe siècle, by Pierre Gibert. Review of Biblical Literature (July 2011).

Review of Jérusalem centre du monde: Développements et contestations d’une tradition biblique, by Jacques Vermeylen. Review of Biblical Literature (April 2011).

Review of Jewish Biblical Interpretation and Cultural Exchange: Comparative Exegesis in Context, ed. Natalie Dohrmann and David Stern. Review of Biblical Literature (March 2011).

Review of The Bible and the University, ed. David Jeffrey and C. Stephen Evans. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2011)

Review of El Padrenuestro desde el arameo, by Jesús Luzarraga. Review of Biblical Literature (December 2010)

Review of Deep Exegesis: The Mystery of Reading Scripture, by Peter Leithart. Catholic Books Review (2010)

Review of Opera exegetica In Genesim: Volume 1: Gregorii Nysseni In Hexaemeron, edited by Hubertus Drobner. Review of Biblical Literature (September 2010)

Review of The Apocryphal Adam and Eve in Medieval Europe: Vernacular Translations and Adaptations of the Vita Adae et Evae, by Brian Murdoch. Review of Biblical Literature (July 2010)

Review of The Jewish Pesach and the Origins of the Christian Easter, by Clemens Leonhard. Review of Biblical Literature (January 2009)

Review of Ver a Jesús Y Sus Signos, Y Creer en Él, by Fernando Ramos Pérez. Review of Biblical Literature (February 2005)

 

Conference Proceedings

“Babylonian Myths and the Bible: The Historical and Religious Context to Loisy’s Application of ‘Myth’ as a Concept.” Papers of the Nineteenth Century Theology Group 44 (2013): 43-62.

“Newman, the Scholars, and the Jews: Newman’s Use of the Old Testament in Grammar of Assent in Contrast with 19th Century Biblical Criticism.” Center for Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University, Summer Seminar Proceedings: “John Henry Newman” 8 (2011): 20-22.

“The Political and Evangelical Context of Pope John Paul II’s Outreach to the Marginalized.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2006) : 100-130.

“Revisiting the Seventeenth-Century European ‘Wars of Religion.’” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2005) : 66-80.

“Historiographical Conflict Within Biblical Studies: A Case Study of Nuzi and the Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2004) : 53-65.

“The ‘Sign of the Cross’ in the Acts of Paul and Thecla?” Proceedings of the Eastern Great Lakes & Midwest Biblical Societies 23 (2003) : 91-100.

“75 Years of Comparative Religion at Miami University.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2003) : 81-87.

“Pope John Paul II and the Theory of Evolution.” Proceedings of the Institute for Liberal Studies : Science and Culture 13 (2002) : 38-44.

“The Historicity of Jesus’ Empty Tomb.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2002) : 43-62.

“A Rhetorical Analysis of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification.” With Biff Rocha. The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2002) : 63-76.

“The Bishop as a ‘Type’ of God the Father in the Letters of Ignatius of Antioch.” The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2001) : 119-126.

“The Word of God Alone.” With Biff Rocha. The Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers (2001) : 127-132.

 

Entries in Reference Works

“Loisy, Alfred Firmin.” In Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception 16: Lectionary-Lots, ed. Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, and Eric Ziolkowski, 1039-1041. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2018.

“Enlightenment, The.” In Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American Life Volume 1: A-J, ed. Frank J. Smith, 276-278. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2016.

“Reformation, Protestant.” In Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American Life Volume 2: K-Z, ed. Frank J. Smith, 606-608. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2016.

“Vatican II.” In Religion and Politics in America: An Encyclopedia of Church and State in American Life Volume 2: K-Z, ed. Frank J. Smith, 745-746. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2016.

“Bea, Augustin Cardinal (1881-1968).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization Volume I: A-D, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 217-218. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Reprint of “Augustin Cardinal Bea (1881-1968).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 1: Genres and Types/Biographies A-G, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 205-206. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Benedict XVI, Pope (b. 1927).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization Volume I: A-D, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 228-229. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Reprint of “Pope Benedict XVI (1927-).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 1: Genres and Types/Biographies A-G, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 208-209. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Hahn, Scott Walker (b. 1957).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization Volume II: E-L, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 1088-1089. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Reprint of “Scott Hahn (1957-).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 2: Biographies H-Z, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 352-353. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“John Paul II, Pope (1920-2005; pontificate from 1978).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization Volume II: E-L, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 1251-1253. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

“Lagrange, Marie-Joseph (1855-1938).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization Volume II: E-L, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 1291-1293. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Reprint of “Marie-Joseph Lagrange (1855-1938).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 2: Biographies H-Z, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 417-418. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Yamauchi, Edwin Masao (b. 1937).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization Volume IV: S-Z, ed. George Thomas Kurian, 2549-2550. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. Reprint of “Edwin M. Yamauchi (1937-).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volumes 1-2, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 653-654. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Primate Attitudes toward Death.” In World History Encyclopedia: An Introduction to World History: Volume 1, ed. Mark Aldenderfer, 302-303. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2011.

“Bible: Genesis.” In Milestone Documents of World Religions: Exploring Traditions of Faith Through Primary Sources: Volume 1: 2404 BCE – 200 CE, ed. David M. Fahey, 118-137. Dallas: Schlager Group, 2011.

“Augustin Cardinal Bea (1881-1968).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 1: Genres and Types/Biographies A-G, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 205-206. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Pope Benedict XVI (1927-).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 1: Genres and Types/Biographies A-G, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 208-209. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Scott Hahn (1957-).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 2: Biographies H-Z, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 352-353. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Marie-Joseph Lagrange (1855-1938).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volume 2: Biographies H-Z, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 417-418. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

“Edwin M. Yamauchi (1937-).” In The Encyclopedia of Christian Literature Volumes 1-2, ed. George Thomas Kurian and James D. Smith III, 653-654. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2010.

 

PRESENTATIONS 

Invited Academic Paper Presentations at Meetings of International Associations

“Engaging Danny Praet and Corinne Bonnet’s Science, Religion and Politics during the Modernist Crisis (2018).” La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, Denver, Colorado, November 18, 2018.

La religion in Loisy: A Look at Alfred Loisy’s Use of ‘la religion’ in the Context of the History of Religion.” La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, San Antonio, Texas, November 20, 2016.

“The Kingdom of God and the Church: A Look at Loisy’s Ecclesiology in L’Évangile et l’Église.” La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, Atlanta, Georgia, November 22, 2015.

“Babylon in Paris: Alfred Loisy and the Discipline of Assyriology.” La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, Baltimore, Maryland, November 24, 2013.

“Doctrinal Development: Alfred Loisy, Biblical Criticism and the ‘Firmin’ Articles.” La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, San Francisco, California, November 20, 2011.

 

Academic Paper Presentation at International Scholarly Meeting

“Religion and Empire: Loisy’s Use of ‘Religion’ Prior to his Correspondence with Cumont.” The Uses of “Religion” in 19th Century Studies International Conference. The Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, March 17, 2016.

“The Political Background to the Separation of the Bible from Theological Ethics Prior to Vatican II.” The Second International Conference on Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church, Trent, Italy, July 25, 2010.

 

Invited Academic Paper Presentation at National Scholarly Meeting

“Genealogies of Modernity: Situating Before Church and State in the Context of Modern Theories of Secularization.” Society of Catholic Social Scientists 25th Anniversary National Meeting Conference, Panel on “Before Church and State: A Study of Social Order in the Sacramental Kingdom of St. Louis IX,” Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, October 28, 2017.

“Alfred Loisy, Assyriology and the Old Testament.” Near Eastern Archaeological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 21, 2014.

 

Academic Paper Presentations at National Scholarly Meetings

“Contending Against Rationalists: Pope Leo XIII’s Response to the Rise of Historical Consciousness in Biblical Studies.” Nineteenth Century Theology Group, American Academy of Religion, Denver, Colorado, November 18, 2018.

“Methods of Interpreting Scripture and Nature: The Influence of the Baconian Method on Spinoza’s Biblical Criticism.” History of Interpretation Unit, Society of Biblical Literature, Denver, Colorado, November 17, 2018.

“Scripture and the Dialectic of Enlightenment: Reading Horkheimer and Adorno’s Classic in Light of Biblical Interpretation.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Reading, Theory, and the Bible Unit, Boston, Massachusetts, November 20, 2017.

“The Natural and Supernatural, Ceremony and the Heart: Spinoza’s Use of the Psalms.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, History of Interpretation Unit, San Diego, California, November 24, 2014.

“Histoire Critique and la Question Biblique: Alfred Loisy’s Use of Richard Simon Prior to the Modernist Controversy.” American Catholic Historical Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., January 5, 2014.

“Babylonian Myths and the Bible: The Historical and Religious Context to Loisy’s Application of ‘Myth’ as a Concept.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nineteenth Century Theology Group, Baltimore, Maryland, November 24, 2013.

“A Biblical Method to End Religious Conflict: The Socio-Political Context to Spinoza’s Battle for the Freedom to Philosophize as it Relates to Academic Freedom and Biblical Studies.” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting, Metacriticism of Biblical Scholarship Unit, Baltimore, Maryland, November 23, 2013.

“The Theological Politics of the Quest for Objectivity: The Common Origins of Modern Biblical Studies and the Academic Study of Religion.” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Cultural History of the Study of Religion Group, San Francisco, California, November 21, 2011.

“Genesis 1-3 and the Exultation of All Creation Around God’s Throne.” College Theology Society, May 31, 2009.

“Spinoza’s Historical Biblical Criticism in Context: The Seventeenth Century Socio-Political Background to the Tractatus theologico-politicus.” Society of Biblical Literature, November 24, 2008.

“From Living Word to Ossified Text: Hobbes, Spinoza, the Bible, and the Redefinition of Religion.” American Academy of Religion, November 1, 2008.

“The Politics Behind Thomas Hobbes’s Early Modern Biblical Criticism.” Society of Biblical Literature, November 19, 2007.

“Genesis 1-3 in a Liturgical Context: The Role of Liturgy in Christian Theological Interpretation of Scripture.” Society of Biblical Literature, November 17, 2007.

“The Visual Depiction of Sin in Tolkien.” National Communication Association, November 23, 2003.

 

Academic Paper Presentations at Regional Scholarly Meetings

“The French Connection: Isaac La Peyrère and the Rise of Modern Biblical Criticism in 17th Century France.” American Catholic Historical Association Spring Meeting, March 13, 2010.

“The Political and Evangelical Context of Pope John Paul II’s Outreach to the Marginalized.” Ohio Academy of Religion, April 1, 2006.

“Revisiting the Seventeenth-Century European ‘Wars of Religion.’” Ohio Academy of Religion, April 2, 2005.

“Glimpses of Mary in the Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 23, 2004.

“Historiographical Conflict within Biblical Studies: A Case Study of Nuzi and the Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis.” Ohio Academy of Religion, April 17, 2004.

Bar-Jonah: A Sign of Divine Inspiration.” Central States Communication Association, April 2, 2004.

“Ecumenical Rhetoric in Fides et Ratio.” Central States Communication Association, April 2, 2004.

“J.R.R. Tolkien vis-à-vis Friedrich Max Müller’s Religionswissenschaft.” Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, March 18, 2004.

“J.R.R. Tolkien and Christianity.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 17, 2003.

“The ‘Sign of the Cross’ in the Acts of Paul and Thecla?” Eastern Great Lakes Biblical Society, April 11, 2003.

“75 Years of Comparative Religion at Miami.” Ohio Academy of Religion, March 29, 2003.

“A Test Case in Authority: The Bishop of Rome in the Case of Antoninus of Fussala.” Eastern International Regional Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, March 21, 2003.

“Tolkien and Lewis in the Light of Von Balthasar.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 19, 2002.

“Pope John Paul II and the Theory of Evolution.” Institute for Liberal Studies’ Interdisciplinary Conference on Science and Culture, April 4, 2002.

“The Historicity of Jesus’ Empty Tomb.” Ohio Academy of Religion, March 23, 2002.

“Things Are Not Always As They Appear: The Dissonance Between the Physical and the Spiritual in Tolkien.” Mideast Conference on Christianity and Literature, October 20, 2001.

“Bishop as ‘Type’ in Ignatius of Antioch.” Ohio Academy of Religion, March 24, 2001.

 

Invited Academic Paper Presentations at Scholarly Symposia and Colloquia

“Elijah’s Resurrection and Mystical Communion with Angelic Bread: 1 Kings 19:3-8 and its Reception.” The Reception History of the Bible: A Colloquium: Biblical Exegesis as Mystical Experience in Judaism and Christianity, Duquesne University, April 22, 2010.

“Creation and Liturgy: The Liturgical Background of Genesis 1-3.” Trends of Ancient Jewish and Christian Mysticism Seminar, University of Dayton, February 26, 2008.

 

Academic Paper, Research, and Related Presentations at Home Institution Colloquia, Symposia, and Panels

“Lessons from Paul VI’s Year of Faith and the Fallout after Humanae Vitae,” Blessed Paul VI—Prophetic Pope Conference, Department of Catholic Studies, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, October 2, 2018.

“The Mystery of Divine Filiation.” Brief presentation preceding roundtable discussion at the event, “With Pope Francis on the Peripheries: A Round Table Discussion of Placuit Deo.” Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, April 5, 2018.

“Loisy’s Biblical Scholarship and the Modernist Controversy.” Amplificamus, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology’s faculty scholarship collaborative group, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, September 22, 2016.

“Tolkien’s Christian Fiction.” Stander Symposium, University of Dayton, April 6, 2005.

“Matthew 16:16-19 and the Papacy in Light of Volf.” University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies Colloquium, November 6, 2002.

 

Active Participation by Invitation in Online Conference

Active participant in e-mail dialogue in general discussion for the Internet Vatican II conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. Conference Entitled, “50 Years after Vatican II: Catholic Changes (1965-2015) & the Future of the Church.” December 28, 2015-January 12, 2016.

“Holiness in the World: On Rereading Lumen Gentium Chapter 5.” Online essay to generate discussion in the pre-conference phase for the Internet Vatican II conference on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Vatican II. Conference entitled, “50 Years after Vatican II: Catholic Changes (1965-2015) & the Future of the Church,” December 2015. Essay posted July 7, 2015.

 

Academic Paper Presentations of Co-Authored Works at National & Regional Scholarly Meetings

Co-authored paper (with Biff Rocha), “Barack Obama, the Aqedah and the Role of Religion in Public,” presented by Biff Rocha at the Religious Communication Association, November 13, 2010.

Co-authored paper (with Biff Rocha), “Dancing on the Wall: A Rhetorical Analysis of Barack Obama’s ‘Call to Renewal’ Keynote Address,” presented by Biff Rocha at the National Communication Association, November 16, 2007.

Co-authored paper (with Biff Rocha), “A Rhetorical Analysis of the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification,” presented by Biff Rocha at the Ohio Academy of Religion, March 23, 2002.

Co-authored paper (with Biff Rocha), “The Word of God Alone,” presented by Biff Rocha at the Ohio Academy of Religion, March 24, 2001.

 

Invited Lectures and Speaking Engagements

“The Jewish Jesus, the Catholic Jesus: The Jewish Background to the New Testament.” Legatus, Lexington, Kentucky, July 11, 2019.

“Alfred Loisy and Modern Biblical Studies.” Petersheim Academic Exposition, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, April 4, 2019.

“What I have Failed to Do.” Talk on Virtues, Sins of Omission, and the Virtue of Penance for Sacred Heart Parish’s Annual Lenten Day of Recollection, Sacred Heart Parish, Clifton, New Jersey, March 30, 2019.

“What I have Done.” Talk on the Sacrament of Confession and Sins of Commission for Sacred Heart Parish’s Annual Lenten Day of Recollection, Sacred Heart Parish, Clifton, New Jersey, March 30, 2019.

“Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation Part 3.” Live Webinar for the Institute of Catholic Culture, June 20, 2017.

“Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation Part 2.” Live Webinar for the Institute of Catholic Culture, June 13, 2017.

“Deconstructing the Bible: Understanding the Crisis in Biblical Interpretation Part 1.” Live Webinar for the Institute of Catholic Culture, June 6, 2017.

“Three Skeptics and the Bible: La Peyrère, Hobbes, Spinoza, and the Reception of Modern Biblical Criticism.” Lecture and book signing. Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, April 25, 2017.

“The Eucharist and Confession.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, March 5, 2017.

“Reverence for the Word and the Dogma of Scriptural Inspiration.” Formation Conference at the College Seminary of the Immaculate Conception at St. Andrew’s Hall, South Orange, New Jersey, February 12, 2017.

“Why Do Catholics…??? Part 2: Response to Questions.” Apologetics Session for St. Lawrence Parish, Chester, New Jersey, February 10, 2017.

“Why Do Catholics…??? Part 1: My Conversion Story.” Apologetics Session for St. Lawrence Parish, Chester, New Jersey, February 3, 2017.

“Domestic Church: The Life of Virtues.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, October 2, 2016.

“Domestic Church: The Life of Grace.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, September 25, 2016.

“The Sacrament of Reconciliation as a School of Mercy.” Faith, Family, & Forgiveness, Part III: Developing a Heart of Mercy Lecture Series. Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, in collaboration with Assumption Parish. Assumption Parish, Morristown, New Jersey, April 6, 2016.

“The Eucharist.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, March 13, 2016.

“The Sacrament of Reconciliation as a School of Mercy.” Developing a Heart of Mercy: A Day of Theological Studies. Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University. South Orange, New Jersey, February 20, 2016.

“Family Life: Domestic Church, Heart of Society.” New Energies Lenten lecture. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, February 16, 2016.

“Penance.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, February 7, 2016.

“Reconciliation: The Sacrament of Joy and Mercy.” RCIA Retreat lecture, Campus Ministry, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, February 6, 2016.

“Seeking the Face of God: Striving for Holiness in Ordinary Life.” RCIA Retreat lecture, Campus Ministry, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, February 6, 2016.

“Morality.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, October 25, 2015.

“Theology of the Sacraments.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, September 27, 2015.

“The New Testament: Critics, Criticism, and the Evidence of History.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 23, 2015.

“The Old Testament: Critics, Criticism, and the Evidence of History.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 23, 2015.

“A Theological Look at Pope Francis’s Call for Evangelization in Evangelii Gaudium.” Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel: A Day of Theological Studies. Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, April 18, 2015.

“Catholic Apologetics.” New Energies Lenten Season Seminar. Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park, New Jersey, March 24, 2015.

“Building Blocks for a Spiritual Plan of Life.” Dioceses of Toledo’s Catholic Men’s Conference, Toledo, Ohio, March 14, 2015.

March 14, 2015–“Pursuing Holiness in Ordinary Life.” Dioceses of Toledo’s Catholic Men’s Conference, Toledo, Ohio, March 14, 2015.

“The Eucharist.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, March 1, 2015.

“Penance.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, February 1, 2015.

“The Moral Life.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, November 9, 2014.

“Sacraments and the Life of Grace.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, October 12, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Evangelization Part 2: The New Evangelization and the Family.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 10, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Evangelization Part 1: Evangelization and the New Evangelization.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 10, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Liturgy, Worship & the Interior Life Part 2: The Interior Life.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 9, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Liturgy, Worship & the Interior Life Part 1: The Sacred Liturgy and Worship.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 9, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Faith and Reason Part 2: Apologetics and Intellectual Formation.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 8, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Faith and Reason Part 1: Faith, Reason, and the History of Their Tragic Separation.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 8, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Salvation History and Scripture Part 2: Scriptural Interpretation.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 7, 2014.

“Pope Benedict XVI on Salvation History and Scripture Part 1: Salvation History.” Lecture for the Pope Benedict XVI Summer Institute, Summer 2014 theme: Pilgrim and Laborer: The Person and Teaching of Benedict XVI for Today. St. Paul Inside the Walls, Madison, New Jersey, July 7, 2014.

“Holy Week III: Triduum.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, April 13, 2014.

“Holy Week II: The Last Supper: From Passover to Mass.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, April 13, 2014.

“Holy Week I: The Passover Seder.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, April 13, 2014.

“Faith and the Family: Pope Francis on the Role of the Laity.” New Energies Lenten Series. Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter, Roselle, New Jersey, April 7, 2014.

“St. Peter and St. Paul: The Biblical Roots of the Papacy and the Universal Call to Evangelize.” The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi Family Centered Class, Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, New Jersey, April 6, 2014.

“Laying the Foundation of Faith: Pope Francis and the Sacraments.” New Energies Lenten Series. Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter, Roselle, New Jersey, March 31, 2014.

“Morning Prayer/Penance and Forgiveness.” RCIA program, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Summit, New Jersey, March 30, 2014.

“The Forgiveness of Sins and God’s Mercy.” Lenten Lecture Series. Our Lady of Victories Parish, Harrington Park, New Jersey, March 25, 2014.

“The Light of Faith and the Joy of the Gospel: Pope Francis on Faith and the New Evangelization.” New Energies Lenten Series. Church of St. Joseph the Carpenter, Roselle, New Jersey, March 24, 2014.

“The Eucharist.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, March 2, 2014.

“Penance.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, February 2, 2014.

“Catholic Apologetics for the New Evangelization.” Intellectual Formation for the New Evangelization Session Two Lecture for the Formation Program at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, January 24, 2014.

“The Moral Life.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, November 3, 2013.

“Sacraments and the Life of Grace.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, October 6, 2013.

“How to Turn a Hectic Life into a Holy Life.” The Avila Lecture Series, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Summit, New Jersey, September 18, 2013.

“St. James: A Jewish Catholic Bishop and His Message.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 25, 2013.

“Baptism and Conversion.” Vacation Bible School, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Summit, New Jersey, June 25, 2013.

“The Sacrament of Joy: Confession in the Bible and Today.” The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi Family Centered Class, Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, New Jersey, May 12, 2013.

“Living with Purpose: How and Why God is Counting on You, and What You Can Do About it.” New Energies Easter Seminars for the Year of Faith. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, April 16, 2013.

“Sacraments Make a Happy Family: How the Church’s Sacramental Life Transforms Busy Family and Work Lives into Happy Fulfilled Lives and Empowers Evangelization Rooted in Prayer, Good Example, and Courage.” New Energies Easter Seminars for the Year of Faith. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, April 9, 2013.

“Continuing Conversion.” Talk for the RCIA program at St. Teresa of Avila’s Parish, Summit, New Jersey, April 7, 2013.

“Too Busy to Pray? On Turning a Hectic Life into a Holy Life.” New Energies Easter Seminars for the Year of Faith. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, April 2, 2013.

“Holy Week III: Triduum.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, March 24, 2013.

“Holy Week II: The Last Supper: From Passover to Mass.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, March 24, 2013.

“Holy Week I: The Passover Seder.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, March 24, 2013.

“The Eucharist.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, March 17, 2013.

“Pope Benedict and the Interior Life.” Colloquium on the Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI presented by the Faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, February 27, 2013.

“Penance.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, February 10, 2013.

“The Moral Life.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, October 14, 2012.

“The Sacraments: Source of Grace and Life.” Adult Education program for parents of children in CCD. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, September 16, 2012.

“Ephesians Through Jewish Eyes.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 26, 2012.

“Come, Let Us Adore Him: The Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration.” St. Luke’s Parish, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, April 17, 2012.

“St. Thomas More, Jane Colt and Alice Middleton.” Holy Lives, Holy Marriages Retreat Series. Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. St. Aloysius Parish, Jersey City, New Jersey, April 14, 2012.

“Holy Week III: Triduum.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, April 1, 2012.

“Holy Week II: The Last Supper: From Passover to Mass.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, April 1, 2012.

“Holy Week I: The Passover Seder.” Lecture for Palm Sunday Retreat for RCIA Program. St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, April 1, 2012.

“Kneeling Before the Majesty of God: Eucharistic Adoration.” Family Formation Program. Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Mountainside, New Jersey, March 25, 2012.

“Mission of Love: Bringing God to the World.” New Energies Lenten Scripture Seminars. St. Theresa’s Parish, Kenilworth, New Jersey, March 21, 2012.

“Feast of Faith: The Eucharist as the Source and Summit of Our Lives.” New Energies Lenten Scripture Seminars. St. Theresa’s Parish, Kenilworth, New Jersey, March 14, 2012.

“Family Spirituality: How to Turn a Hectic Life into a Holy Life.” The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi Family Centered Class, Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, New Jersey, March 11, 2012.

“The Most Holy Eucharist: Root and Center of the Interior Life.” St. Anne’s Parish, Fair Lawn, New Jersey, March 6, 2012.

“Sign of Hope: Reconciliation and God’s Mercy.” New Energies Lenten Scripture Seminars. St. Theresa’s Parish, Kenilworth, New Jersey, February 29, 2012.

“Elizabeth and Zechariah.” Holy Lives, Holy Marriages Retreat Series. Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Notre Dame of Mount Carmel Church, Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, February 11, 2012.

“The Mass: A Vision of Heaven on Earth: Part 3: The Mass and the Spiritual Life.” Growing In Faith and Theology Lecture, St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, February 1, 2012.

“The Mass: A Vision of Heaven on Earth: Part 2: Bread from Heaven.” Growing In Faith and Theology Lecture, St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, January 25, 2012.

“The Mass: A Vision of Heaven on Earth: Part 1: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.” Growing In Faith and Theology Lecture, St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, January 18, 2012.

“The Lamb’s Supper Part 2.” St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, November 5, 2011.

“Catholic Apologetics: Explaining the Faith that is Within You.” The Avila Lecture Series, St. Teresa of Avila Church, Summit, New Jersey, November 2, 2011.

“Elizabeth and Zechariah.” Holy Lives, Holy Marriages Retreat Series. Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Morristown, New Jersey, October 22, 2011.

“The Lamb’s Supper Part 1.” St. Mary’s Parish, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, October 8, 2011.

“The Gospel of Matthew: Both Jewish and Catholic.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 28, 2011.

“The Eucharist: Bread of the Presence of God.” William J. Toth Summer Institute, Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, June 4, 2011.

“The Eucharist.” The Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi Family Centered Class, Cathedral of Saint Francis of Assisi, Metuchen, New Jersey, May 1, 2011.

“Bread from Both Tables: The Word of God and the Eucharist.” Liturgical Practicum, St. Luke’s Parish, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey, March 26, 2011.

“The Eucharist: Its Origins in the Old Testament and in the Experience of the Early Church.” “Lent…and Beyond” Speakers’ Series, St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Union, New Jersey, March 21, 2011.

“The Fountain in the Desert.” Formational Evenings at the School of Theology Lectures, Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, February 17, 2011.

“The Sword that Pierces Sin.” Formational Evenings at the School of Theology Lectures, Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, February 3, 2011.

“Biblical Christmas.” New Energies Advent Scripture Seminars. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, December 21, 2010.

“New Testament People of God.” New Energies Advent Scripture Seminars. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, December 14, 2010.

“O Come, O Come Immanuel.” New Energies Advent Scripture Seminars. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, December 7, 2010.

“The Old Testament Prepares for Christ and His Church.” New Energies Advent Scripture Seminars. Assumption Parish, Roselle Park, New Jersey, November 30, 2010.

“O Come Immanuel: Advent and the Eucharist in the Thought of Pope Benedict XVI.” St. Paul’s Parish, Princeton, New Jersey, November 13, 2010.

“The Old Testament Roots of the Eucharist.” The Avila Lecture Series, St. Teresa of Avila Parish, Summit, New Jersey, November 10, 2010.

“Messianic Wine and the New Eve at Cana: John 1-2 in Light of Genesis 1-2 and Jewish Traditions of Interpretation.” Serra Club Meeting, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, November 8, 2010.

“The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life.” STEPS (Seminary’s Theological Education for Parish Services) Program, Immaculate Conception Seminary. Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Ridgewood, New Jersey, November 6, 2010.

“The Lamb of God Who Takes Away the Sins of the World.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 29, 2010.

“Heavenly Temple and Heavenly Worship on Earth: A Jewish Reading of the Book of Revelation.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 29, 2010.

“Priesthood and Politics: Mystagogical Exegesis and a Sacramental Hermeneutic as a Solution to the Crisis in Modern Biblical Criticism.” Letter & Spirit Summer Institute, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, June 22, 2010.

“The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Christian Life.” Catholic Center for Family Spirituality, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey, June 10, 2010.

Dei Verbum: Its History, Content, and Reception.” Oratorians, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, March 21, 2010.

“Jewish Passover and Catholic Eucharist.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference, Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 30, 2009.

“Paul through Jewish Eyes.” The Catholic Paul? The Coming Home Network International and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, Columbus, Ohio, May 16, 2009.

“No Salvation Outside the Church? A Study of the Book of Jonah.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, May 13, 2009.

“St. Paul’s Use of the Old Testament.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 24, 2008.

“The New in Light of the Old: A Jewish Convert’s Reading of St. Paul.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 24, 2008.

“The Book of Genesis Part III: The Road to Egypt.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, June 11, 2008.

“Modern Biblical Interpretation and the Sacramental Hermeneutic.” Letter & Spirit Summer Institute, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, May 28, 2008.

“The Book of Genesis Part II: The Birth of the People of God.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, May 14, 2008.

“The Book of Genesis Part I: In the Beginning.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, April 9, 2008.

“Did Easter Happen? A Look at the Historical Evidence for the Resurrection.” Theology on Tap, Dayton, Ohio, March 27, 2008.

“Scripture Matters.” Jesus Jams, Youth Ministry Program at St. Agatha Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio, February 17, 2008.

“Holy Mary, Mother of God Part I: Mary in Scripture and in the Church Fathers.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, October 10, 2007.

“Old Testament Signs of Peter and the Eucharist.” Applied Biblical Studies Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 26, 2007.

“For Forgiveness Sake: Understanding the Sacrament of Reconciliation Part I: The Biblical Basis for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, February 15, 2007.

“The Historical Reliability of the Bible.” Christian Legal Society, Law School, University of Dayton, February 1, 2007.

“My Word: How to Read, Understand, and Pray the Bible.” Ite Missa Est, the Adult Education Program at Immaculate Conception Parish, Dayton, Ohio, October 11, 2006.

“Testimony.” Defending the Faith Conference. Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, July 30, 2006.

Dominus Iesus.” Catholic Life, University of Dayton, October 23, 2003.

“Trust in the Lord.” Campus Crusade for Christ, University of Dayton, December 5, 2001.

 

Popular Periodicals

“Explaining Bias and the History of Modern Biblical Scholarship: A Response to Thomas L. Thompson.” The Bible and Interpretation (March 2017).

“On Biblical Scholarship and Bias.” The Bible and Interpretation (December 2016).

“Beginning Each Day in the Presence of God: The Importance of the Morning Offering.” Homiletic & Pastoral Review (13 June 2016).

“Undermining the Bible for Centuries.” Crisis (7 June 2016).

“Did Reno Get It Right? Laudato Si in Its Centuries-Long Context.” Homiletic & Pastoral Review (14 September 2015).

“Taking Up the Cross Daily by Praying with Our Senses: On the Role of Mortification in the Christian Life.” Homiletic & Pastoral Review (30 August 2015).

“St. Josemaría Escrivá: The Saint of Ordinary Life.” Crisis (25 June 2015).

“The Ongoing Dictatorship of Relativism.” Crisis (9 June 2015).

“The Crises of Saints.” Crisis (5 May 2015).

“A ‘Sharing between Friends’: The Art of Mental Prayer.” Homiletic & Pastoral Review (2 November 2012).

“Jesus in History.” The Catholic Answer (May/June 2003) : 32-35.

“‘Son of Jonah’ and Papal Infallibility.” The Catholic Answer (September/October 2002) : 38-39, 41.

“The Song of Mary.” The Catholic Answer (May/June 2002) : 32-34.

“Our Daily Bread.” The Catholic Answer (January/February 2002) : 8-10.

“Finding Faith.” Worldwide Challenge (March/April 2001) : 25-27.

“To Remain in Christ.” The Catholic Answer (March/April 2001) : 37-39.

“In the Crosshairs of the Canon.” This Rock (November 2000) : 22-27. Translated  online into Croatian as “Na nišanu kanona.”

“A Spiritual Journey from Jerusalem to Rome.” New Oxford Review (September 2000) : 27-30, 32-33.

 

Booklets

Speaking with God: A Short Primer on Mental Prayer. Toledo, OH: Principium Institute, 2017.

Catholic Apologetics Resources. Mason, OH: Principium Institute, 2017.

 

GRANTS, FINANCIAL AWARDS, ASSISTANTSHIPS & HONORS

Summer 2018: Seton Hall University, University Research Council, Summer Research Stipend for the research project entitled, “Toward a Theology of Work and Rest: Jewish and Catholic Contributions”

2017: Researcher of the Year, Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

2015-16: Sabbatical Research Grant, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

2015-16: Awarded Sabbatical, Seton Hall University

Summer 2015: Seton Hall University, University Research Council, Summer Research Stipend for the research project entitled, “Alfred Loisy’s Ecclesiological Vision in L’Évangile et l’Église

2013: Researcher of the Year, Seton Hall University, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

Summer 2009: University of Dayton Faculty Fund for Vocational Exploration Research Grant, for the research project entitled, “Dialectic of Faith and History: A Vocational Exploration of the Early Modern Theological and Historical Discussions Concerning Biblical Interpretation”

Aug 2006-May 07: Competitive Doctoral Fellowship, funded by the University of Dayton’s Department of Religious Studies to work on doctoral dissertation and teach undergraduate courses

Summer 2006: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, for the research project entitled, “Evangelical Catholics and Biblical Hermeneutics: A Test Case of Scott Hahn’s Method of Biblical Interpretation”

Summer 2005: Invited as Visiting Research Scholar for the Summer Scholars’ Program at Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem

Summer 2005: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, for the research project entitled, “Baruch Spinoza and the Founding of Modern Biblical Criticism”

Summer 2004: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, for the research project entitled, “Media Analysis and the War with Iraq”

Aug 2003-May 06: University of Dayton, Religious Studies Department, Assistantships to pursue a Ph.D. in Theology

Summer 2003: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, for the research project entitled, “J.R.R. Tolkien Vis-à-vis Friedrich Max Müller’s Religionswissenschaft

May 2003: Awarded “Honors” on Master’s Thesis, University of Dayton, Religious Studies Department

Summer 2002: University of Dayton Summer Student Fellowship Grant, for the research project entitled, “The Relationship Between Nuzi Customs and the Patriarchal Narratives in Genesis”

Aug 2001-May 03: University of Dayton, Religious Studies Department, Assistantships to pursue an M.A. in Theological Studies

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

Senior Fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Senior Fellow, Principium Institute

Fellow, Institute for Biblical Research

Manuscript Reviewer: Journal of Religious History; Modern Theology; Horizons; American Political Science Review; Hobbes Studies; The Lonergan Review

2005-06: Editor, Ohio Academy of Religion Scholarly Papers

2005-06: Vice President, Ohio Academy of Religion

2005-06: Conference Organizer, Ohio Academy of Religion

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Academy of Catholic Theology, Joseph Ratzinger Society of Biblical Theology, Catholic Biblical Association of America, Society of Biblical Literature, La Société Internationale d’Études sur Alfred Loisy, American Academy of Religion, Catholic Theological Society of America, American Catholic Historical Association, College Theology Society, North American Spinoza Society, Nineteenth Century Theology Group

 

SAMPLE UNIVERSITY SERVICE

2015-Present: Member, Center for Diaconal Formation, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2014-Present: Chair, Department of Undergraduate Theology, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2017-18: Chair, Rank and Evaluation Committee

2017-18: Chair, Ad Hoc Planning Committee for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology’s Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae Conference

2016-18: Co-Chair, Self-Study Committee for the Undergraduate Theology Program Review, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2014-15 and 2016-17: Member, Rank and Evaluation Committee

2017: Co-Coordinator, Graduate Research Seminar, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2016: Member, Ad Hoc Committee for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology Institutional Evaluation and Educational Assessment for ATS

2016: Member, Ad Hoc Committee working on the draft of the Merit Pay Guideline for Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology

2009-15 and Fall 2018: Member, Educational Policy Committee, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

2009-15: Member, Faculty Guide Committee, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

2011-15: Member, Administration Committee for the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology self-study in preparation for the Association of Theological Schools reaccreditation visit

2013-14: Drafter of the Addendum for the academic year 2013-2014 for the Administration section of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology’s self-study in preparation for the Association of Theological Schools reaccreditation visit

2014: Member, Faculty Researcher of the Year Voting Panel, Seton Hall University

2014: Member, Core Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Search Committee, Core Department, Seton Hall University

2010-13: Member, Faculty Affairs Committee, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

2012: Member, Core Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship Search Committee, Core Department, Seton Hall University

2011-12: Member, Ad Hoc Research Seminar Committee for the Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2011-12: Chair, Class Evaluations Action Group, Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University

2010-11: Chair, Undergraduate Theology Search Committee, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

2009-11: Faculty Senate Alternate, Seton Hall University

2009-11: Member, Ad Hoc Committee for the Revision of the Immaculate Conception Seminary Faculty Guide, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

2010: Member, Faculty Assessment Day Committee, Immaculate Conception Seminary, Seton Hall University

 

LANGUAGES

Reading: Catalan, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Ladino, Latin, Portuguese, Samaritan, Spanish

Speaking: Spanish

 

TRAVEL, MISSION, SERVICE & STUDY ABROAD

Austria, Belgium, Canada, France, Grand Cayman Islands, Greece, Honduras, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Palestine, Puerto Rico, Spain, Vatican City

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Born: October 5, 1978 in Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.

Married to: Maria C. Morrow

Children: Maia; Eva; Patrick; Robert; John; Nicholas.

Hobby: Martial Arts (Tien Shan Pai, Aikido, and Wan Jun Kyo Yook)