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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 #109, 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 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 101 - W02 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 210

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

21847 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul V. Niskanen

This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 101 - W03 Christian Theo Tradition M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

22746 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Paul V. Niskanen

This course is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 423 - 01 Christian Marriage - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 246

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

20594 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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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Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 205 - L01 Old Testament M T W R - - - 1015 - 1215

Days of Week:

M T W R - - -

Time of Day:

1015 - 1215

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30202 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 221 - L01 Bible: Old Testament M T W R - - - 1015 - 1215 JRC 401

Days of Week:

M T W R - - -

Time of Day:

1015 - 1215

Location:

JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

30543 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul V. Niskanen

This course involves the student in a literary, historical, and theological reading of major portions of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) or New Testament. All sections explore the Bible as a foundational document for the Jewish and Christian traditions (both ancient and modern), examining to varying degrees how the texts have been used in the development of doctrine, in the expressions of worship, and in the articulation of moral principles. The course also examines elements of power and privilege, both with respect to the social and political positions of the authors and the settings in which the texts were written, and also with respect to how the biblical texts have been appropriated in different time periods and by different communities (in history and today), and used as vehicles of both oppression and liberation. The course investigates the literature and theologies of the Israelite people in their ancient Near Eastern context, or in their Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts, applying modern methods of biblical interpretation. Students may examine a specialized biblical topic of the instructor’s choosing such as the Pentateuch, historical literature, wisdom literature, prophetic literature, or apocalyptic literature in the Hebrew Bible; or the Gospels, the Letters of Paul, or apocalyptic literature in the New Testament. Courses might focus on a particular theme, such as justice in the Bible, or how Jesus approached forgiveness or nonviolence. Pre-requisite: THEO 100

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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 205 - L01 Old Testament - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 201

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

MHC 201

Course Registration Number:

44098 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 205 - L04 Old Testament - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 201

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 201

Course Registration Number:

44097 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 221 - L01 Bible: Old Testament - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 MHC 201

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

MHC 201

Course Registration Number:

46873 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul V. Niskanen

This section involves the student in 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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 221 - L04 Bible: Old Testament - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 MHC 201

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

MHC 201

Course Registration Number:

46876 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Paul V. Niskanen

This section involves the student in 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

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)