John L. McLaughlin

Dr. John L. McLaughlin is a professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at the Faculty of Theology.

Professor McLaughlin will be serving as the Interim Dean of the Faculty of Theology for a two-year term term as effective July 1, 2020. He previously held the Interim Dean position in the 2014–15 academic year.

He is an Associate Member of the Graduate Faculty with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at U of T, and is a past President of the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies. He currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures and as an Associate Editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly.

Professor McLaughlin earned a BA from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB before enrolling at the University of Toronto, where he earned an MA in Philosophy. He then studied Theology and Scripture at St. Michael’s Faculty of Theology, earning an MDiv and a PhD. Professor McLaughlin joined the St. Michael’s faculty in 2002 after teaching for seven years at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Professor McLaughlin is a native of Saint John, NB. He misses the Atlantic Ocean, fog, and dulse.



  • Areas of Expertise
    • Ancient Israelite Religion
    • Prophets
    • Wisdom Literature
    • Justice
    • Ugarit
    • Israelite Origins
    • Psalms
    • Hebrew Poetry
    • Apocalyptic


  • Links
  • Publications


    An Introduction to Israel’s Wisdom Traditions. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2018.

    What Are They Saying About Ancient Israelite Religion? Mahweh, NJ: Paulist Press, 2016

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

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

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


    Articles/Book Chapters

    “Wisdom from the Wise: Pedagogical Principles from Proverbs.” In Religion and Education in Antiquity: Essays in Honour of Michel Desjardins, edited by Alex Damm.  SHR, vol. 160, 29–54. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2018.

    “Charismatic Leadership Models.” The Bible Today 56 (2018): 215-19.

    “Moses in Ben Sira.” The Bible Today 55 (2017): 335-40.

    “Is Amos (Still) Among the Wise?” Journal of Biblical Literature 133 (2014): 281–303.

    “Religion of Ancient Israel.” In Anselm Companion to the Bible, edited by Corrine L. Carvalho, pp. 152-67. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2014.  Also printed in Anselm Companion to the Old Testament, edited by Corrine L. Carvalho, pp. 150-65. Winona, MN: Anselm Academic, 2014.

    “Why Does God Have Many Names in the OT and Why Do We Need Them?” In Pastoral Essays in Honor of Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P.: Reading the Old Testament, edited by Corrine L. Carvalho, pp. 57-69. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2013.


    Edited Volume

    (with Corrine Carvalho). Deuteronomisitic Deities, under review for the Catholic Biblical Quarterly Manuscript Series, Washington: Catholic Biblical Association of America.



    Getting to Know the Prophets. Living With Christ Booklets. Toronto: Novalis, 2016.

    Getting to Know the Wisdom Books. Living With Christ Booklets. Toronto: Novalis, 2016.

  • Education

    PhD, Theology — University of St. Michael’s College

    MDiv — University of St. Michael’s College

    MA, Philosophy — University of Toronto

    BA, Philosophy Honours and English — St. Thomas University, Fredericton, NB