Continuing Seminar:                                              The Deuterocanonical Books


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The interplay of history, memory, and ideology has often been a focus of attention within biblical study. The Deuterocanonical Books reflect these issues in the late Second Temple period, a formative epoch for Judaism and the matrix out of which early Christianity emerged. The seminar's papers will address various theological, educational, and political aspects of these issues.

Seminar Leaders in 2023

  • Francis M. Macatangay, University of St. Thomas in Houston
  • Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward’s University

Program Details for 2023

Focus: Paideia in the Deuterocanonical and Cognate Literature (3rd year)



Harper Center: TBA


Meeting ID:  

8:45-9:30 AM

  • PresenterPatrick Pouchelle, Centre Sevres, Paris

“Jewish Paideia: issues and Limits of an Expression”                   


10:00  - 10:45 AM

  • Presenter: Vincent Skemp, St. Catherine University

“Intersectional Paideia: Wealth and Gender in the Greek Romances in Relation to Select Deuterocanonical Narratives and the Acts of Thecla”                    



Harper Center: TBA


Meeting ID:  

8:45 - 9:30 AM

  • Presenter: Jordan Schmidt, O.P., Dominican School of Theology

Paideia, Woman Wisdom, and the Rhetoric of Reassurance in Sirach”


10:00  - 10:45 AM

  • Presenter: Jeremy Corley, St Patrick's Pontifical University, Maynooth

“Manual Workers and Scribes in Sirach 38:24—39:11"



Harper Center: TBA


Meeting ID: 

8:45 – 9:30 AM

  • Presenter: Andrew T. Glicksman, University of Dallas

Paideia and the Book of Wisdom” 


10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Presenter: Francis M. Macatangay, University of St. Thomas in Houston

“Raphael as Pedagogue in the Book of Tobit”



  • Focus in 2022: Paideia and the Reception of Texts Ancient and Today
    • Paideia in Sir 6:18-37 and its Ancient and Modern Reception” 
      Jeremy Corley, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
    • “Inner Formation as a Dimension of Paideia in Ben Sira”
      Jordan Schmidt, O.P., Dominican House of Studies
    • Michael Duggan, St. Mary's University, Calgary
      Paideia in 2 Maccabees”
    • Nuria Calduch-Benages, Pontifical Gregorian University
      “‘What is Man? (Psalm 8:5): A Journey through Biblical Anthropology’: The Recent Document of the Pontifical Biblical Commission"
    • Charlotte Obeid
      “The Metaphorical Language in the Hebrew Text of Ben Sira.” 
  • Focus in 2021: Education and Paideia from Various Angles
    • “Listen to your Mother! Mothers as Teachers of Virtue in the Deuterocanonical and Pseudepigraphical Literature”
      Karina Martin Hogan, Fordham University
    • “God as Sage in Sirach 42:15-43:33”
       Gary Klump, Marquette University
    • “Is God a good pedagogue? A synchronic analysis of Tobit and Deut 8:1-4 (MT) in light of
      modern pedagogy”
      Patrick Pouchelle, Centre Sèvres, Paris
    • “The Purpose of Paideia in the Book of Tobit”
      Francis M. Macatangay, University of St. Thomas in Houston
  • 2020 Online Seminar
    • Theodicy by Denial: The Problem of Death in the Wisdom of Solomon"
      Karina Hogan, Fordham University
    • “An Enochic Perspective on the Origin of Evil”
      Kelley Coblentz Bautch, St. Edward's University
    • "Follow Your Heart? A Re-examination of Sirach 37:13-15"
      World Kim
    • “The Portrait of Elijah in Sirach 48”
      Jeremy Corley, St Patrick's College, Maynooth
    • “Now I Will Recall the Works of God: Allusion and Intertextuality in Sirach 42:15-43:33”
      Gary P. Klump, Marquette University
      Respondents, Jordan Schmidt, O.P., Dominican House of Studies & Jeremy Corley
  • Focus in 2019: Memory and History in the Deuterocanonical Books
    • “The pedagogical use of memory in Ben Sira and 4QInstruction”
      Bradley C. Gregory, The Catholic University of America
    • “History and Memory in the Wisdom of Solomon”
      Andrew Glicksman, University of Dallas
    •  “The way contemporary or historical events are presented and remembered in the Psalms of Solomon”
      Patrick Pouchelle, Centre Sèvres, Paris
    • “The ‘Shape of Time’ in the Book of Tobit”
      Francis M. Macatangay, University of St. Thomas, TX
    • “The Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint (HTLS) for Mohr Siebeck: An outline and update”
      Patrick Pouchelle, Centre Sèvres, Paris
    •   “What is the research benefit of a diplomatic synopsis of the most important different language-versions of the Book of Ben Sira? Presentation of a current project with examples from the Praise of the Ancestors in Ben Sira 44-50”
      Burkard Zapff, Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

  • Focus in 2018: History, Memory, and Ideology
    • "The Ahistorical Exodus in the Wisdom of Solomon"
      Karina Martin Hogan, Fordham University, New York
    • "Memory and Moral Formation in Second Temple Wisdom Literature"
      Bradley C. Gregory, Catholic University, Washington DC
    • "The Book of Tobit"
      Francis Macatangay, University of St Thomas, Houston
    • "Remembering God and Parents: the paranaetic and ideological function of the mother's womb and the Creator's hand in Ben Sira, Tobit, and 2 Maccabees"
      Jordan Schmidt, Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC
    • "Temple without Militarism in 2 Maccabees 1:10-2:18"
      Michael W. Duggan, St. Mary's University, Calgary
    • "Self-control in 4 Maccabees & Sirach in relation to NT Paraenesis"
      Vincent Skemp, St. Catherine University, St. Paul
      Response: Jeremy Corley, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth
  • Focus in 2017: Current Approaches
    • "Sirach 5:9-6:1: Text, Poetry, and Theology"  
      Hebrew MSS A and C (Jeremy Corley); Greek (Bradley Gregory); Syriac (Stephen Ryan, OP); Vetus Latina (Vincent Skemp). 
    • "Introduction to methodological and lexicographical aspects of the Historical and Theological Lexicon
      of Septuagint (HTLS)" 
      Patrick Pouchelle, Centre Sèvres, Paris 
    • "Cultural Antagonism & Cultural Engagement in the Wisdom of Solomon"
      Randall Chesnutt, Pepperdine University
    • "The Mythological Universe of 2 Maccabees"
      Michael W. Duggan, St. Mary's University, Calgary
    • Case studies from the Historical and Theological Lexicon of Septuagint (HTLS)
      Patrick Pouchelle, Centre Sèvres, Paris [30 minutes]
  •  Focus in 2016: Aspects of Jewish Identity
    • "Jewish Identity Sealed in the Acclamation of Simon, the High Priest (1 Macc 14:25-49)"
      Michael Duggan, St. Mary's University, Calgary, AB
    • "Jewish Identity in Ben Sira"
      Jeremy Corley, St Patrick's College, Maynooth, Ireland
    • "Medieval Aramaic Tobit and Jewish Identity"
      Vincent Skemp, St Catherine's University, St Paul, MN
    • "Using documents to contextualize our reading of Jewish literature from Greco-Roman Egypt"
      Rob Kugler, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR 
  • Focus in 2015: Origins and Reception
    •  “1 Maccabees: The Emergence of Israel as a Jewish State”
         Michael Duggan, St.Mary’s Univ. College
    •  “Mother Zion or Mother Church? The Use of Baruch in 5 Ezra”
         Karina Hogan, Fordham University)
    • "Sirach Chapter 2 and the Temple”
        Jeremy Corley, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland
    •  “Vice and Virtue in the Moral Vision of the Latin of Ben Sira"
        Bradley C. Gregory, The Catholic University of America
    • “Gender Inclusivity in the Peshitta of Tobit”
       Geoffrey Miller, St. Louis University)
    •  “The Use of Scripture in the Medieval Aramaic (A5) and Hebrew (H5) forms of Tobit”
         Vincent Skemp, St. Catherine University


The Deuterocanonical Books

Francis M. Macatangay
Francis M. Macatangay
M.A., M.Div., S.T.L., S.T.D. Adjunct Professor, Sacred Scripture University of St. Thomas in Houston
Kelley Coblentz Bautch
Kelley Coblentz Bautch
M.T.S., M.A., Ph.D. Professor of Religious and Theological Studies St. Edward's University