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Biography

Dr. Brant Pitre is Professor of Sacred Scripture at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame, where he specialized the study of the New Testament and ancient Judaism. He is the author of several articles and the books Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile (Baker Academic, 2005), Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist (Image Books, 2011), Jesus the Bridegroom (Image Books, 2014), Jesus and the Last Supper (Eerdmans, 2015), and The Case for Jesus (Image, 2016). Dr. Pitre is an extremely enthusiastic and engaging speaker who lectures regularly across the United States. He has produced dozens of Bible studies on CD, DVD, and MP3, in which he explores the biblical foundations of Catholic faith and theology. He currently lives in Gray, Louisiana, with his wife Elizabeth, and their five children.


Curriculum Vitae

 

2004

Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Major: Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity

Minor: Systematic Theology

Dissertation: “The Historical Jesus, the Great Tribulation, and the End of the Exile:

Restoration Eschatology and the Origin of the Atonement.”

Director: Prof. David E. Aune


1999

M.T.S., Vanderbilt Divinity School 

Concentration: Biblical Studies and Theology


1998

Graduate Credit, Tel Aviv University

Topic: Biblical Archaeology (Old Testament)


1997

B.A., Louisiana State University

Double Major: Philosophy and English Literature


Job Experience

 

2009-Present

Professor of Sacred Scripture

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans


2005-2009

Donum Dei Professor of Word and Sacrament

Assistant Professor of Theology (Full-Time)

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans


2007

Visiting Professor of Theology

(Summer) University of Notre Dame, Indiana


2005-2009

Professor of Scripture (Adjunct)

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans


2003-2005

Assistant Professor of Theology (Full-Time)

Loyola University, New Orleans


Publications

 

2016 Book: The Case for Jesus: The Biblical and Historical Evidence for Christ (New York: Image, 2016).

 

2016 Review of James G. Crossley, Jesus and the Chaos of History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), in Journal of Theological Studies (forthcoming).

 

2015 Book: Jesus and the Last Supper (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015).

 

2015 Article: "Verbum Domini and Historical-Critical Exegesis." Pages 26-40 in Verbum Domini and the Complementarity of Exegesis and Theology. (Ed. S. Carl; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015).

 

2014 Book: Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told (Image, 2014).

 

2013 Article: "Apocalypticism/Apocalyptic Teaching." Pages 23-33 in Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (Eds. J.B. Green, J.K. Brown, and N. Perrin; Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2013).

 

2013 Article: "Jesus, the Messianic Wedding Banquet, and the Restoration of Israel." Pages 35-54 in Letter & Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology 8 (2013).

 

2011 Review: "Kinship by Covenant: A Canonical Approach to God's Saving Promises." In Nova et Vetera Vol.9, 1 (2011).

 

2011 Book: Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper (Doubleday, 2011).

 

2010 Article: "The Mystery of God's Word: Inspiration, Inerrancy, and the Interpretation of Scripture." In Letter and Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology 6 (2010): 47-66.

 

2009: Article: "Jesus, the Messianic Wedding Banquet, and the Kingdom of God." In Letter and Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology 5 (2009): 125-153.

 

2008 Article: “Jesus, the New Temple, and the New Priesthood.” Letter & Spirit:
A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology
4 (2008): 49-86.

 

2006 Review: John S. Kloppenborg and John W. Marshall (eds.), Apocalypyticism,
Anti-Semitism and the Historical Jesus: Subtexts in Criticism
. In Catholic
Biblical Quarterly
68.3 (2006): 578-80.

 

2006 Article: “The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus.” Letter & Spirit: A Journal
of Catholic Biblical Theology
2 (2006): 69-96.

 

2005 Book: Jesus, the Tribulation, and the End of the Exile: Restoration
Eschatology and the Origin of the Atonement
. Wissenshaftliche

Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.

Reihe 204; Tübingen: J. C. B. Mohr (Paul Siebeck). Grand Rapids: Baker

Academic.

 

2005 Article: “The ‘Ransom for Many’, the New Exodus, and the End of the Exile:

Redemption as the Restoration of All Israel (Mark10:35-45).” Letter
and Spirit: A Journal of Catholic Biblical Theology
1 (2005): 41-68.

 

2003 Article: “Rewritten Bible.” Pages 410-414 in The Westminster
Dictionary of Early Christian Literature and Rhetoric
. David E. Aune.

Louisville: Westminster John Knox.

 

2001 Article: “Blessing the Barren and Warning the Fecund: Jesus’ Message for

Women Concerning Pregnancy and Childbirth.” Journal for the Study of
the New Testament
81 (2001): 59-80.


Teaching Experience (Graduate Level)

 

2009-Present Methodology of Biblical Studies

Pentateuch

Prophets

Synoptic Gospels and Acts

Pauline Letters and Hebrews

Johannine Literature

Catholic Epistles

Old Testament Introduction

New Testament Introduction

 

2007 Jesus and the Gospels

University of Notre Dame, Indiana

 

2007 Biblical Theology

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans

Christology

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans

 

2006 Eucharistic Theology

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans

Introduction to the New Testament

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

 

2005 The Life of Jesus the Messiah

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

 

2003-2005 Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith

Christian Origins

Loyola University, New Orleans

 

2004 The Role of Doctrine in the Life of Faith: Exploring the New Catechism of the Catholic Church

Loyola University, New Orleans


2007

New Testament

Sacramental Theology

Christology

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans


2006

Old Testament

Liturgy

Eucharistic Theology

New Testament

Sacramental Theology

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans

 

2005

Introduction to Scripture

Old Testament

Liturgy

Eucharistic Theology

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans


2003-2005

Old Testament Literature

New Testament Literature

Loyola University, New Orleans 


Professional Societies

 

1996-Present

Society of Biblical Literature

1999-Present

Catholic Biblical Association

2005-Present

Senior Fellow, St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology


Public Presentations

2015 "Beyond the Criteria of Authenticity: Where Do We God From Here?"

Historical Jesus Section

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

 

2015 "Purity and Sacrifice in Philo of Alexandria"

Purity and Sacrifice in Second Temple Judaism and Early Christianity Group

Catholic Biblical Association Annual Meeting

 

2015 "Philippians 2 and the Secret of Joy"

Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Franciscan University of Steubenville

 

2014 "James 3 and the Sins of the Tongue"

Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Franciscan University of Steubenville

 

2012 "Ephesians 5 and St. Paul's Vision of the Christian Family"

Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Franciscan University of Steubenville

 

2011 "The Last Supper, the Lost Tribes of Israel, and the World to Come"

Historical Jesus Section

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

 

2009 "St. Paul's Letter to the Romans"

Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Pennsylvania

A Conference for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians

 

2009 "Jesus and the Sacraments of Service"

Word of God Conference

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

2009 "The Gospel according to St. Paul"

West Coast Biblical Studies Conference

West Covina, California

2008 "Jesus and the Messianic Priesthood"
Society of Biblical Literature, Annual Meeting
Boston, Massachusetts

 

2008 "Jesus, the New Temple, and the New Priesthood"

The Liturgical Institute

Mundelein Seminary, Illinois

 

2008 “Vatican II and Scripture in the Life of the Church”

Willwoods Benefit Breakfast

New Orleans, Louisiana

 

2008 “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Last Supper”

Texas Catholic Conference

Austin, Texas

 

2008 “Jesus and the Mystery of the Church”

Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe Pennsylvania

A Conference for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians

 

2008 “St. Paul and the Mystery of the Angels”

Fullness of Truth Catholic Conference

Dallas, Texas

 

2008 “Jesus and the End Times: A Catholic View of the Last Days”

West Coast Biblical Studies Conference

West Covina, California

 

2007 “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”

Good Shepherd Catholic Church

San Diego, California.

 

2007 “A Bible Study on Advent”

Legatus Meeting, New Orleans Chapter

Our Lady of Holy Cross College, New Orleans

 

2007 “Jesus and the Mystery of the Temple”

Letter and Spirit Conference

St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

 

2007 “The Spirit, the Flesh, and the New Creation in Galatians 6:6-10”

Theological Symposium

Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

 

2007 Pope Benedict XVI Annual Lecture

“The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus”

St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe Pennsylvania

 

2007 “The Origin of the Bible"

Holy Family Parish, Luling, Louisiana

 

2007 “Jesus and the End Times: A Catholic Study of Eschatology”

St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Destrehan, Louisiana

 

2006 “Jesus and the New Priesthood”

St. Paul Seminary, Pittsburgh

Love and Sacrifice: A Conference of the St. Paul Center

 

2006 “Jesus and the New Passover”

“Jesus and the New Manna of the Messiah”

“Jesus and the New Priesthood”

Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe Pennsylvania

A Conference for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians

 

2006 “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”

“The Bridegroom Messiah”

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

West Coast Biblical Studies Conference

 

2005 “The New Exodus and the Messianic Kingdom”

“The Ingathering of the Exiles in the Old Testament Prophets”

Mile-High Scripture Conference, Denver

 

2005 “The New Exodus and the Messianic Kingdom”

“The Lord’s Prayer as a Prayer for the New Exodus”

West Coast Biblical Studies Conference

 

2005 “A Eucharistic Introduction to the Gospel of John”

Institute for Catechetics and Spirituality

Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

2004 “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist”

The Year of the Eucharist: A Day of Reflection for Priests

Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

2002 “Jesus, Women, and Discontinuity with Judaism:

A Reassessment in Light of Early Jewish Parallels”

Historical Jesus Section

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

 

2001 “The Cultic Role of the 144,000 in the Book of Revelation”

Student Paper Awards Section

Midwest Society of Biblical Literature

 

1999 “Blessing the Barren and Warning the Fecund: Jesus’ Message

for Women Concerning Pregnancy and Childbirth”

Historical Jesus Section

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

 

1999 “Matthew 19:12 and the Social and Political Dimensions of

Becoming Eunuchs for the Sake of the Kingdom”

Matthew Group

Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature

 

Service to the University, Church & Community

2009-Present Library Committee

Notre Dame Seminary 

 

2007-2008 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Committee

Chair, Mission Statement Sub-Committee

 

2005-2006 Mission and Integration Committee

Our Lady of Holy Cross College

 

2003-2005 Graduate Studies Committee

Loyola Institute for Ministry

 

2005 “The Church Alive In-Depth: Fact and Fiction in

The Da Vinci Code”

Archdiocese of New Orleans

 

2004 Young Adult Bible Study: “1 Corinthians”

Eight-Week Bible Study

 

2001-2003 Core Team Member, Chair of Catechesis;

Young Adult Ministries

St. Matthew’s Cathedral, South Bend, IN

 

2002 Habitat for Humanity, Fall Project; Young Adult Ministries

St. Matthew’s Cathedral, South Bend, IN

 

2001-02 Ph.D. Student Representative

Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Faculty Committee

 

1998-99 Co-President of Vanderbilt Divinity School

Student Government Association


Academic Honors

 

2004

Pass with High Honors

Doctoral Dissertation Defense

Theology Department, University of Notre Dame


2002

Pass with High Honors

Doctoral Candidacy Exams

Theology Department, University of Notre Dame


2001

Student Paper Award Winner

New Testament and Christian Origins Annual Meeting

The Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature


1999

Cornelius Vanderbilt Founder’s Medalist 

First Honors in Graduating Class

Vanderbilt Divinity School


1999

W. Kendrick Grobel Award 

Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Studies

Vanderbilt Divinity School


1999

Magna Cum Laude Graduate (M.T.S.) 

Vanderbilt Divinity School


1997

Magna Cum Laude Graduate (B.A.)

Louisiana State University