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Rev. Boadt

Rev. Lawrence Boadt, C.S.P.

Father Boadt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and finished his college education with the Paulist Fathers in Washington, D.C. at their major seminary. He was ordained a priest in 1969. His degrees include a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from St. Paul's College, Washington, D.C.; a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and Master of Arts in Semitic Languages from the Catholic University of America (1970, 1972); and a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, Italy (1974, 1976).

He has taught in the Theology Department at Fordham University (1974-1976), and at St. John's University (1975), and was professor of Biblical Studies at the Washington Theological Union, a Roman Catholic Graduate School of Theology in Washington, D.C. from 1976 to 1997.
Since 1997, he has been professor emeritus of Biblical Studies at the Washington Theological Union..

Currently he serves as the President and Publisher of the Paulist Press in Mahwah, New Jersey, and resides at the parish of the Good Shepherd in New York City

He is the author of several books, including Ezekiel's Oracles Against Egypt (1980), a study of the poetic techniques of Ancient Near Eastern prophecy; two commentaries on Jeremiah and the Minor Prophets in the Old Testament Message series, published by Michael Glazier, Inc.: Jeremiah 1-25 (1982), and Jeremiah 26-52, Habakkuk, Zephaniah and Nahum (1983); a general introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures titled: Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction (Paulist Press, 1985); and a commentary on the Wisdom Literature and Book of Proverbs (Old Testament Reading Guide; Liturgical Press, 1988); A Commentary on the Book of Genesis in the International Bible Commentary (Liturgical Press, 1999). He is currently completing a Commentary on the Book of Daniel for the series Berit Olam. Most recently he has served as editor for the volume, Why I Am a Priest (Paulist Press, 2000).

Other major scholarly publications include the commentary on "Ezekiel" for the NEW JEROME BIBLICAL COMMENTARY (1990); "Ezekiel" in the ANCHOR BIBLE DICTIONARY (1992); "Introduction to the Pentateuch" in the Oxford Catholic Study Bible of the New American Bible (1992); "Rhetorical Strategies in Ezekiel's Oracles of Judgment," in Ezekiel and His Book (BETL LXXIV, 1986); "Problems in the Translation of Scripture as Illustrated by ICEL's Project on the Liturgical Psalter," Shaping English Liturgy (Pastoral Press, 1990); "Divine Wonders Never Cease: The Birth of Moses in God's Plan of Exodus," Preaching Biblical Texts (Eerdmans, 1995); ”The Poetry of Prophetic Persuasion: Preserving the Prophet's Persona," CBQ 59 (1997)1-21; "Biblical Studies in University and Seminary Theology: Contemporary Challenges," in Theological Education in the Catholic Tradition (Crossroad, 1997) 256-65; and articles on Hebrew Poetry and Prophetic Texts in various books and such leading scholarly journals as the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Journal of Biblical Literature, Vetus Testamentum.

Father Boadt has given the Thomas Verner Moore lecture for 1994 on "A New Paradigm for Jewish Christian Sharing of Scripture" at Catholic University of America; chaired a three year colloquium on Sharing Scriptures in Jewish and Christian Scholarship at the Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research at Collegeville, MN and is the senior editor for the Paulist Press series on Studies in Judaism and Christianity, and a board member of the Stimulus Foundation for Promoting Jewish-Christian Dialogue. He is editor of the volume, Biblical Studies Meeting Ground of Jews and Christians (Paulist, 1980).

Popular publications include audio cassette series on "A Comprehensive Inquiry into the Psalms" (Alba House, 1998); "Reading the Old Testament Prophets for Today" (Welcome Recordings, Wales, 1999); "Discovering the Power of Genesis" (Alba House, 1998); "The Images of God in the Old Testament" (Alba House, 2000); "Christian Spirituality" (Alba House, 1998); "The Book of Daniel and Biblical Apocalyptic" (Alba House, 1999). He has also written articles on biblical topics for The Bible Today, including "An Introduction to Ezekiel" (1999). Other articles include "The Millennium: Best Books," in The Church (Winter, 1998), and lectionary aids for preaching in numerous series; general editorship of the Paulist Bible Study Program; a series of 64 video cassettes on biblical topics; diocesan television series for CTNA, Raleigh, N.C. and others; biblical commentaries for Religion in the News radio programs; and numerous biblical articles for The Catholic World magazine. He also serves as the general editor for the Old Testament books of The Classic Bible Series (St. Martin's Press, 1999).

Father Boadt is editor-in-chief of Theological Inquiries, a theological monograph series for Paulist Press; a member of the editorial board of the CBQ Monograph Series; and is summer program coordinator for the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Jerusalem. He has served as editor of The Catholic World; publishing editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly; editorial board member of the New Theology Review; Advisory Committee board member for the International Commission on English in the Liturgy; and past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America.

He is chair of the Board of Trustees of the Education for Parish Service Institute in Washington, D.C.; general treasurer of the Catholic Biblical Association; and is also active in the scholarly societies of the Society of Biblical Literature; the American Schools of Oriental Research; the College Theology Society; the Catholic Theological Society of America; and the American Academy of Religion.