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Paul Niskanen

Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union
Office
JRC 106
Phone
(651) 962-5313
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5313
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #153, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105


Paul Niskanen is a professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas. He specializes in the study of the Old Testament, with a particular interest in late prophetic and apocalyptic texts from the Second-Temple Period. He has published a monograph, two commentaries, and several articles on the books of Isaiah and Daniel. Another area of interest is the theological interpretation of scripture in general and the development of Catholic biblical interpretation in particular. In this vein, he is currently working on a new book: The Ancient Covenant: A Catholic Theological Reading of the Old Testament. In addition to biblical studies, he also dabbles and teaches in the areas of Carmelite spirituality and the theology of Christian marriage. He considers baseball the most theological of all sports, and his arch-enemy is Marcion.

 

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
DVSS 740 - 01 Prophets M - - - - - - 1815 - 2115 BEC 105
CRN: 22755 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen Introduces students to the literary prophets and the role of prophetic traditions in Judeo-Christian thought. Students exegete selected passages. Prerequisite: DVSS 511, DVSS 521, DVSS 525 or DVSS 530

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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

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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

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 205 - 03 Old Testament - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 328
CRN: 40375 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

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THEO 205 - 04 Old Testament - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 401
CRN: 42261 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

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THEO 423 - 02 Christian Marriage M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 117
CRN: 41111 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Paul V. Niskanen 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 and one 200-level or 300-level THEO course, and PHIL 115

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