Dr. Paul V. Niskanen  portrait

Dr. Paul V. Niskanen

Professor
Office
JRC 106
Phone
(651) 962-5313

Academic History

Ph.D., Biblical Studies (Old Testament), Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, 2001
S.T.B., Pontifical University Teresianum, Rome, Italy, 1991
B.A., French and Religious Studies, Seattle University, Seattle, Washington, 1985

Expertise

Old Testament
Catholic Biblical Interpretation
Biblical Hebrew

Selected Publications

"The Poetics of Adam: The Creation of Adam in the Image of Elohim" in Journal of Biblical Literature 128 (Fall 2009): 417-436.

"The Lament of Isaiah 63:7- 64:11" in The Bible Today (November/December 2007): 359-363.

"Yhwh as Father, Redeemer, and Potter in Isaiah 63:7- 64:11" in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 68 (July 2006): 397-407.

The Human and the Divine in History: Herodotus and the Book of Daniel
.  Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement Series 396; London/New York: T & T Clark International, 2004.

"Kingdoms, Dominions, and the Reign of God in the Book of Daniel" in The Bible Today (November/December 2004).

"Daniel's Portrait of Antiochus IV: Echoes of a Persian King" in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66 (July 2004) 378-386.

"The Last Words of Jesus" in Homiletic and Pastoral Review 102 (March 2002) 23-25.

Selected Presentations

"The Other Image Passages: Genesis 5:1-3 and 9:5-6" 
CBA International Meeting, Los Angeles, California, August 2010.

"Imago Dei 2.0: The Image of God in the Context of the New Creation of Genesis 9"
SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2010.

"YHWH’s marriage to Israel: the Agony and the Ecstasy of a Biblical Metaphor"
CBA International Meeting, New York, New York, August 2008.

"The Poetics of Adam: The Creation of Adam in the Image of Elohim"
SBL National Meeting, San Diego, California, November 2007.

"Number, Gender, and Definiteness: The Creation of (ha) Adam in the Image of Elohim"
CBA International Meeting, Santa Clara, California, August 2007. 

"YHWH as Father, Go'el, and Potter in Isaiah 63:7-64:11"
SBL National Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, November 2004.

"God as Father in Isaiah 63-64"
CBA International Meeting, Halifax, Nova Scotia, August 2004.

"Agents of God’s Kingdom"
SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2004

"The Kingdom of God in Daniel"
CBA International Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 2003

"Daniel’s Portrait of Antiochus IV: Echoes of the Persian King"
SBL Upper Midwest Regional Meeting, St. Paul, Minnesota, April 2003.

"The Death of Antiochus IV in the Book of Daniel"
SBL West Coast Regional Meeting, Moraga, California, March 2002.

 "Daniel and Herodotus"
SBL Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, November 2000.

Professional Memberships

Catholic Biblical Association of America (1996-present)
Society of Biblical Literature (1996-present)

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
CATH 401Y - A01 Church&Culture:Soc Dim of Cath M - - - - - - 1400 - 1545
CRN: 41185 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen STUDY ABROAD: Rome-Italy PROGRAM: UST: Catholic Studies Semester

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 205 - 01 Old Testament - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 MCH 233
CRN: 10088 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen An intensive reading and discussion of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew scriptures. The course investigates methods of biblical interpretation and the literature and theologies of the Israelite people in their ancient Near Eastern context. In addition, this course explores the Old Testament as a foundational document for the Jewish and Christian traditions (both ancient and modern) in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103)

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 205 - 03 Old Testament - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 207
CRN: 20410 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen An intensive reading and discussion of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew scriptures. The course investigates methods of biblical interpretation and the literature and theologies of the Israelite people in their ancient Near Eastern context. In addition, this course explores the Old Testament as a foundational document for the Jewish and Christian traditions (both ancient and modern) in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103)

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THEO 205 - 06 Old Testament - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MCH 229
CRN: 21757 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen An intensive reading and discussion of the Old Testament, also known as the Hebrew scriptures. The course investigates methods of biblical interpretation and the literature and theologies of the Israelite people in their ancient Near Eastern context. In addition, this course explores the Old Testament as a foundational document for the Jewish and Christian traditions (both ancient and modern) in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship and in the articulation of moral principles. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103)

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