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John L. McLaughlinJohn L. McLaughlin, BA, MA, MDiv, PhD (St. Michael's)

Associate Professor, Interim Director of Advanced Degree Programs (September 1, 2013 - May 31, 2014)

johnl.mclaughlin@utoronto.ca

Biographical Summary

John L. McLaughlin was born and raised in Saint John, NB, and misses the Atlantic Ocean, fog, dulse and Moosehead Beer.  He earned a BA (Philosophy Honours and English Major) from St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto.  He studied Theology and Scripture at the University of St. Michael’s College, where he earned an MDiv and PhD.  After teaching at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia for seven years, Professor McLaughlin joined the Faculty of Theology, in July 2002.  He is Associate Professor of Old Testament / Hebrew Bible and an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty, Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.  He has served as the Director of Advanced Degree Programs in the Faculty of Theology from 2003-2008, 2009-2012, and will do so again from September 2013 - June 2014.

Research Interests

Ugarit; Israelite Origins; Ancient Israelite Religion; Pre-exilic Prophets; Wisdom Literature; Psalms; Hebrew Poetry, Apocalyptic.  He is often willing to talk about other things as well.

Teaching Areas

Introduction to the Old Testament; Israelite Religion; Prophets; Wisdom Literature; Isaiah; Qoheleth; Job.

Professional Activities

            John has been a member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, since 2008 and an Associate Editor, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, since 2013.  He is a regular Article and Monograph Abstractor for Old Testament Abstracts, a Monograph Abstractor for Religious Studies Review and a Monograph Evaluator for Novalis Press.  He has convened the Divinity in Ancient Israel Seminar during the Catholic Biblical Association of America Annual Meeting since 2003.  He is a member of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, the Catholic Biblical Association, the Old Testament Colloquium, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

            He previously served six years as the Communications Officer of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, five years as Old Testament Book Review Editor for the Toronto Journal of Theology, four years as Book Review Editor for Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, three years as an Editorial Consultant for Novalis Press and two years on the Strategic Planning Committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

Publications

Books:

2012    The Ancient Near East: An Essential Guide.  Nashville: Abingdon Press.

2008    Justice in the Balance: Learning from the Prophets.  Ottawa: Novalis Press.

Versions:         Justice in the Balance: Learning from the Prophets.  Bombay: St. Pauls Press, 2009.

2004    Parables of Jesus.  Ottawa: Novalis Press.

Versions:         Parables of Jesus.  Bombay: St. Pauls Press, 2004.

                        Syn marnotrawny czy rozrzutny ojciec?  Najpiękniejsze przypowieści Jezusa w interpretacji znanego biblisty.  Krakow: Wydawnictwo eSPe, 2006.

                        Parábolas de Jesus.  São Paulo: Editoria Ave-Maria, 2007.

                        Parables of Jesus.  Edinburgh: St. Andrews Press, 2009.

2001    The marzēa in the Prophetic Literature: References and Allusions in Light of the Extra-Biblical Evidence.  Vetus Testamentum Supplements, vol. 86; Leiden/ Boston/Köln: Brill.

            http://www.brill.com/marzeah-prophetic-literature

            Recipient of the 2003 R. B. Y. Scott Book Award (Canadian Society of Biblical Studies).

            Nominated for the 2002 Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Book Awards.

2001    The Questions of Jesus.  Ottawa: Novalis Press/Liguori, Missouri: Liguori Publications.

Versions:         The Questions of Jesus.  Bombay: St. Pauls Press, 2004.

                        A wy za kogo Mnie uważacie?  Trzydzieści trudnych pytań Jezusa—refleksje znanego biblisty. Krakow: Wydawnictwo eSPe, 2007.

                        Perguntas de Jesus.  São Paulo: Editoria Ave-Maria, 2007.

Chapters in Books:

2014    “Ancient Israelite Religion.”  In Handbook to the Bible, edited by Corrine L. Carvalho.   Winona, WI: Anselm Academic, forthcoming.

2013    “Why Does God Have Many Names in the OT and Why Do We Need Them?”  In Reading the Old Testament: Pastoral Essays in Honor of Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P., edited by Corrine L. Carvalho.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, in press.

2005.   “Preface.” In Teachings of Jesus, by Alicia Batten, 13–17. Ottawa: Novalis.

2003    “Introduction.” In The Miracles of Jesus, by Richard S. Ascough, 11–18. Ottawa: Novalis.

Peer-refereed Articles:

2014    “Is Amos (Still) Among the Wise?”  Journal of Biblical Literature.  In press.

1994    “Their Hearts Were Hardened: The Use of Isaiah 6:9–10 in the Book of Isaiah,” Biblica 75 (1994): 1–25.

1991    “The marzea at Ugarit: A Textual and Contextual Study,” Ugarit-Forschungen 23 (1991): 265–81.

Dictionary Entries:

2009    “Sun,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 5: S-R, ed. Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, et al., pp. 404-05.  Nashville: Abingdon Press.

2009    “Moon,” “Mount of Assembly,” in The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 4: Me-R, ed. Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, et al., pp. 138-40, 157.  Nashville: Abingdon Press.

2007    “Hamath, Hamathite,” “Hammath.”  In The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volume 2: D-H.  Ed. Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, et al., pp. 725, 726.  Nashville: Abingdon Press.

2000    “Baal-Zebub,” “Beelzebul,” “Elohim,” “God in the Old Testament, Names of,” “Leviathan,” “Lord (Divine Title),” “Marzeah,”  “Shema, The” “Yahweh.”  In Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, ed. David Noel Freedman, et al., pp. 136-37,  160, 401-02, 514-16, 803, 820, 866, 1205, 1402  Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000.

Online Contribution:

2013    “Aramaic marzeah inscriptions from Palmyra and Nabatea.”  Associations in the Greco-Roman World: A Companion to the Sourcebook (Philip A. Harland, York University): http://philipharland.com/greco-roman-associations/?s=McLaughlin.

Pastoral Aids:

More than 65 contributions to Living With Christ Sunday Missal, Celebrate!, and related publications.

Book Reviews:

Fifty, distributed among Biblica, Biblical Theology Bulletin, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, Review of Biblical Literature, Studies in Religion and Toronto Journal of Theology.

Manuscripts / Research in Progress

            What Are They Saying About Ancient Israelite Religion? Under contract for Paulist Press.  Estimated publication: Fall, 2014.

            Wisdom Genres.  Monograph for Baker Academic Press.  In process.

            “‘Hebrews’ in 1 Samuel: Israelites, ‘apiru or Both?”  Under revision.

            “‘Who Is This Who Darkens the Design?’ (Job 38:2): God’s Response to Job’s Curse.”  Under revision.

            “On the Translation of רָוָה (‘Be Intoxicated?’).”  In preparation.

Recent Conference Presentations:

2013    “Who is the God of the Exodus, El or Yahweh?”  Discourse and Reconstruction in the Hebrew Bible Section, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Victoria, June 2-4.

2012    Response to Christopher Frechette, “The Violent Images against Enemies in the Psalms Interpreted in the Framework of Recovery from the Effects of Trauma.”  The Old Testament Colloquium, Collegeville, MN, February 3-5.

2010    “The Exact Same Thing Only Different: ‘Hebrews’ and ‘Israelites’ in 1 Samuel.”   Invited Lecture, Catholic Biblical Association of America International Meeting, Los Angeles, July 31-August 3, 2010.

2009    “‘Who Is This Who Darkens the Design?’ (Job 38:2): God’s Response to Job’s Curse.”  The Old Testament Colloquium, Collegeville, MN, February 6-8.

2008    “Is Amos (Still) Among the Wise?”  Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Section, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies Annual Meeting, Vancouver, June 1-3 (now revised and forthcoming in the Journal of Biblical Literature).

Selected Invited Lectures and Presentations:

2013    “Justice in the Biblical Prophets.”  RS 232 / JS 205: Hebrew Prophets (Dr. Derek Suderman), Conrad Grebel University College / University of Waterloo, March 20.

2013    “The Idea of a Messiah.”  St. James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto.  February 27.

2013    “The Origin of the Jewish People.”  St. James Anglican Cathedral, Toronto.  February 20.

2012    “Discovering Prayer Through Scripture.”  Campus Ministry Vespers, University of St. Michael’s College.  March 6.

2011    “What’s So Special About the Book of Exodus?”  St. Basil’s Parish/The Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College.  February 15.

2011    “What’s So Special About the Book of Genesis?”  St. Basil’s Parish/The Faculty of Theology, University of St. Michael’s College.  January 25.

2007    “The Gospel of Luke in the Life of the Church.”  St. Ambrose Parish, Toronto.  February 27, March 6, 20, 27, April 3.

2007    “The Prophets.”  St. Patrick’s Church, Toronto.  February 12.

2007    “Who is Jesus?: The Jewish Background—Messianic, Wisdom and Apocalyptic Traditions.”  SMT 2242: Christology (Dr. Michael Attridge), University of St. Michael’s College.  January, 2006 and 2007.

2005    “The Bible and Family.”  St. James Anglican Cathedral Parish, Toronto.  October 12.

2005    “Gnostic Gospels.”  St. James Anglican Cathedral Parish, Toronto.  March 2.

2005    “Da Vinci Codes.”   St. James Anglican Cathedral Parish, Toronto.  February 23.