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John R. Barker,OFM

John R. Barker, O.F.M.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament Studies
M.Div/M.A. Catholic Theological Union; Ph.D. candidate Boston College

John R. Barker, O.F.M., is a Franciscan friar with the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati). He received his MA/MDiv from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and is currently completing his doctorate at Boston College. He is Assistant Professor of Old Testament at CTU.

John’s main areas of research relate to the formation and function of biblical texts, particularly the prophetic literature. This includes such critical approaches as rhetorical criticism, the history of the interpretation and reception of biblical texts, and the Bible in the Church and culture. John has presented on a variety of biblical topics at parishes throughout Chicago and contributes regularly to Weekday Homily Helps and other pastoral publications.