James Chukwuma 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 Okoye is Director of the Spiritan Center at Duquesne University. A priest of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost (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. His published books include 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 articles and chapters the most recent being “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), “The Sinai Theophany,” The Bible Today 47/2 (March/April 2009), “Sarah and Hagar: Genesis 16 and 21,” JSOT 32.2 (2007), and “Jesus and the Jesus Seminar,” New Theology Review (May 2007).