Michael D. Guinan

 Michael D. Guinan

Address1712 Euclid Avenue
Berkeley, CA

Professor of Old Testament, Franciscan School of Theology

Ph.D.Semitic Languages, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1972
M.A., Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1970
S.T.L., Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 1967
S.T.B., Old Mission Theological Seminary, Santa Barbara, CA, 1965

If it is true that “The past is a foreign country”, then Michael is our ambassador to that far-off land. An international scholar of the ancient languages in which our sacred texts originated, he makes scripture come to life in his five books and for the students in his over 25 years of teaching at FST. Besides teaching for ten summers at the Franciscan seminary in the Philippines, he is involved in local parish ministry, shares in adult education and gives retreats. Also an opera critic of some standing, he puts his love of scripture and music at the service of the ordinary person.
Selected Course Descriptions
Introduction to the Old Testament
This course introduces biblical methodologies with an integrated overview of the Old Testament, its main theological traditions and the historical contexts in which they arose and grew.

Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
A survey of the wisdom material of the Old Testament, seeing it as an attitude, a movement, and a literature. Wisdom theology is seen within the context of the Old Testament as well as of our modern theological and pastoral situation.

The Psalms
A presentation on the basic approaches to the psalms, their language and literary and forms. A look at psalms and Old Testament theology, worship, canon and prayer.

Areas of Interest

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