The University of St. Thomas

College of Arts & Sciences | Department of Catholic Studies | Faculty

Dr. Paul Niskanen

Dr. Paul Niskanen

Dr. Paul V. Niskanen

Assistant Professor of Theology

pvniskanen@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5313

Office Location: JRC 106


Courses taught in Spring 2014
THEO 205-04
21690
Old Testament 0955-1135 T R MHC 206

4 Credit Hours

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)

THEO 205-06
22616
Old Testament 1525-1700 T R MCH 230

4 Credit Hours

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)

THEO 423-02
20978
Christian Marriage 0935-1040 M W F MCH 106

4 Credit Hours

This course is designed to acquaint students with the theology of Christian marriage, understood as covenant relationship and as sacrament, that is, an effective sign of God's love in our world. Primary though not exclusive emphasis will be on the Roman Catholic tradition. Students will also examine contemporary cultural attitudes toward sexuality, marriage, and the family in the light of Christian theology. Prerequisite: THEO 101 (or 102 and 103) and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

Courses taught in Summer 2014
THEO 205-01
30039
Old Testament 0800-1000 M T W R JRC 414

4 Credit Hours

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)

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 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.

Ezekiel, Daniel (coauthored with Corrine Patton; New Collegeville Bible Commentary Series; Collegeville: Liturgical Press, forthcoming).

“Yhwh as Father, Redeemer, and Potter in Isaiah 63:7—64:11” forthcoming in Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

“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

“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 the Book of Daniel”
CBA International Meeting, San Francisco, California, August 2003.

“Historical and Literary Reflections on Daniel 11”
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)