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James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp.

James Okoye, C.S.Sp.

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament Studies
L.S.S., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome; M.A., D.Phil., Oxford University

Professor James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp. is Director of the Center for Spiritan Studies at Duquesne University. A priest of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), he is a noted leader within his Congregation and the Church. He was the Provincial Superior of the Nigeria Province from 1981-86 and the General Assistant of the Congregation from 1986-92. He was also a member of the International Theological Commission from 1986-91 and Peritus in the Synod of Bishops for the preparation of the Synod of Bishops for Africa from 1992-94.

Prof. Okoye is an active member of many different organizations and groups: Society of Biblical Literature, Catholic Biblical Association of America, Chicago Society of Biblical Research, Black Catholic Theological Symposium of America, and Mid-West Fellowship of Professors of Mission.

The main focus of his research has been the interplay of the Word of God and culture in Bible, tradition, and life. He is the general editor of the forthcoming African American Catholic Youth Bible. His published books include Scripture in the Church. The Synod on the Word of God and the Post-Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2011), Israel and the Nations: A Mission Theology of the Old Testament (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2006) and At Home with the Word 2006: Sunday Scriptures and Scripture Insights (Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 2005). He also has written many scholarly articles and chapters in books, some of the most recent being “Bible and Mission in Catholic Mission 1910-2010.” A Century of Catholic Mission 1910 to the Presen.  Ed. Stephen B. Bevans.  Oxford, UK: Regnum Books International, 2013, 123-132, “The Formation of the Bible.” Anselm Academic Study Bible. Winona: Anselm Academic, 2012, 19-26, “The Sinai Theophany,” The Bible Today 47/2 (March/April 2009) 93-99, “Sarah and Hagar: Genesis 16 and 21,” JSOT 32.2 (2007) 163-175, “Jesus and the Jesus Seminar,” New Theology Review (May 2007) 27-37, and “Power and Worship: Revelation in African Perspective,” in David Rhoads, ed. From Every People and Nation: The Book of Revelation in Intercultural Perspective (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2005) 110-126, and “Black and Catholic: Elements of African American Catholic History,” Good News Bible with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha: The African American Jubilee Edition (Washington: American Bible Society, 2000) 215-235.

Books written by James Chukwuma Okoye