Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M.
Professor of Old Testament Studies
M..A., Aquinas Institute of Theology; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Within the broad range of Old Testament studies, he has focused on Deuteronomy and Deuteronomic Literature and on the social and economic conflict between rich and poor in ancient Israelite society. One result of his work in the latter area is There Shall Be No Poor Among You: Poverty in the Bible. He has participated in several archaeological projects in Upper Galilee and is the author of The Churches and Synagogues of Ancient Palestine. He has served as the Director of CTU’s Biblical Study and Travel Progams and has been the academic director of the Fall Program whose residence while in Israel is in Azariah, a village near Jerusalem. This experience has led him to write The Holy City: Jerusalem in the Theology of the Old Testament. He has written several other books and many articles in the area of Old Testament interpretation and biblical archaeology. His latest book is Isaiah in the New Collegeville Bible Commentary series.
He is the general editor of The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and has served on the editorial boards of Old Testament Abstracts and The Bible Today and as general editor of the latter. He is the associate editor of the Anselm Press Study Bible.
He has been a member of the faculty since 1981 except from 2005 to 2011 when he served as the Provincial Minister of the Assumption Province.
In addition to his service at CTU, he has been visiting professor at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and the Studium Biblicum Franciscanum.
He is member of the Assumption Province, Order of Friars Minor and a Roman Catholic priest.