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Franklin T. Harkins

associate professor of historical theology and church history

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Contact Information

franklin.harkins@bc.edu | (617) 552-1436
Simboli Hall 309


Education

B.S., M.Div., L.M.S., Ph.D. (University of Notre Dame)


Areas of Interest

Medieval scholastic theology (particularly Hugh of St. Victor, Robert of Melun, Peter Lombard and the Sentences commentary tradition, Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, Bonaventure, and John Duns Scotus), ancient and medieval scriptural interpretation, Augustine and his reception in the Middle Ages, and the history of Jewish-Christian relations 

About

A native North Carolinian, Dr. Franklin T. Harkins studied Psychology and Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S., 1996) before attending Duke Divinity School, where he focused on ancient and Reformation-era church history.  After earning an M.Div. at Duke (1999), he completed a Ph.D. in medieval theology at the University of Notre Dame (2005), writing a dissertation on Hugh of St. Victor under the direction of the late Rabbi Michael A. Signer.  From 2005 to 2007, Dr. Harkins held a Lilly Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Valparaiso University with a joint appointment in Christ College (the honors college) and the Theology Department.  Returning to the East Coast in 2007, he served as Assistant Professor of Theology and Medieval Studies at Fordham University until 2013.  In academic year 2010-11, Dr. Harkins was a Mellon Fellow at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, where he earned a Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies (2013) with a thesis entitled  “An Introduction to Filiae magistri: Peter Lombard’s Sentences and Medieval Theological Education ‘on the Ground.’”  Immediately prior to joining the Ecclesiastical Faculty at the STM, Dr. Harkins was Reader in Medieval Theology at Durham University in the northeast of England (2013-15).  He is co-editor of the Fordham Series in Medieval Studies (Fordham University Press), serves on the editorial board of Victorine Texts in Translation (Brepols Publishers), and is an active member and past president of the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages.

Dr. Harkins is the current president of the The International Albertus Magnus Society.  For more information regarding the society, please click this link.


Courses

Fall 2017
The Christology of Thomas Aquinas (TMST8085)
Great Christian Thinkers: Augustine, Aquinas, & Luther (TMHC 8068)

Spring 2018

Book of Job in the Middle Ages (TMHC 8067)
History of Western Christianity 2 (TMHC7027)

Other Courses
History of Western Christianity I (TMHC 7026)
Introduction to Thomas Aquinas (TMHC 8073)
Medieval Exegesis (TMHC 8066)
Medieval Theology (TMHC 8074)


Publications

BOOKS (monographs and edited volumes)
A Companion to Job in the Middle Ages, ed. Franklin T. Harkins and Aaron Canty, Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition vol. 73.  Leiden: Brill, 2017.

Interpretation of Scripture: Practice
, ed. Frans van Liere and Franklin T. Harkins, Victorine Texts in Translation vol. 6.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2015.

Interpretation of Scripture: Theory
, ed. Franklin T. Harkins and Frans van Liere, Victorine Texts in Translation vol. 3.  Turnhout: Brepols, 2012.

Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer
, ed. Franklin T. Harkins. Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010.

Reading and the Work of Restoration: History and Scripture in the Theology of Hugh of St Victor
.  Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2009.

ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
“From the Fiery Heaven to the Fire of Hell: Job in the Sentences Commentaries of Albert the Great, Bonaventure, and Thomas Aquinas,” in A Companion to Job in the Middle Ages, ed. Franklin T. Harkins and Aaron Canty (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 129-60.

“Christ and the Eternal Extent of Divine Providence in the Expositio super Iob ad litteram of Thomas Aquinas,” Viator: Medieval and Renaissance Studies 47/1 (2016): 123-152.

“Hugh of St. Victor. Didascalicon on the Study of Reading,” in Handbuch der Bibelhermeneutiken. Von Origenes bis zur Gegenwart, ed. Oda Wischmeyer in connection with Eve-Marie Becker, Mark W. Elliott, Hans-Peter Grosshans, et al. (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016), pp. 135-48.

Filiae Magistri: Peter Lombard’s Sentences and Medieval Theological Education ‘on the Ground,’” in Mediaeval Commentaries on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, vol. 3, ed. Philipp W. Rosemann (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 26-78.

Contingency and Causality in Predestination: 1 Tim. 2:4 in the Sentences Commentaries of Albert the Great, Thomas Aquinas, and John Duns Scotus,” Archa Verbi: Yearbook for the Study of Medieval Theology 11 (2014): 35-72.

“The Early Aquinas on the Question of Universal Salvation, or How a Knight May Choose Not to Ride His Horse,” New Blackfriars 95 (2014): 208-17.

Littera et Lex: Scriptural Hermeneutics and the Old Law at the Twelfth-century Parisian Abbey of St. Victor,” in Das Gesetz – The Law – La Loi, ed. Andreas Speer and Guy Guldentops (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2014), pp. 3-19.

“The Magical Arts, Angelic Intercourse, and Giant Offspring: Echoes of Watchers Traditions in Medieval Scholastic Theology,” in The Fallen Angels Traditions: Second Temple Developments and Reception History, ed. Angela Kim Harkins, Kelley Coblentz Bautch, and John Endres, S.J. (Washington, D.C.: Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series, 2014), pp. 157-79.

Lectio exhortatio debet esse: Reading as a Way of Life at the Twelfth-Century Abbey of St. Victor,” in From Knowledge to Beatitude: St. Victor, Twelfth-Century Scholars, and Beyond.  Essays in Honor of Grover A. Zinn, Jr., ed. E. Ann Matter and Lesley Smith (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2013), pp. 103-30.

Docuit excellentissimae divinitatis mysteria: St. Paul in Thomas Aquinas,” in A Companion to St. Paul in the Middle Ages, ed. Steven R.  Cartwright (Leiden: Brill, 2013), pp. 235-63.

Fundamentum omnis doctrinae: The Memorization of History in the Pedagogy of Hugh of St. Victor,” Pecia. Le livre et l’écrit 14: Texte, liturgie et mémoire dans l’Église du Moyen Âge (2012): 267-93.

“The Embodiment of Angels: A Debate in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Theology,” Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales 78 (2011): 25-58.

Primus doctor Iudaeorum: Moses as Theological Master in the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas,” The Thomist 75 (2011): 65-94.

“‘Following with Unequal Step’: Andrew of St. Victor, the Glossa ordinaria, and Compilatory Exegesis in the Northern French Schools of the Twelfth Century,” in Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer, ed. Franklin T. Harkins (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010), pp. 150-78. 

Homo Assumptus at St. Victor: Reconsidering the Relationship between Victorine Christology and Peter Lombard’s First Opinion,” The Thomist 72 (2008): 595-624.

“Unwitting Witnesses: Jews and Judaism in the Thought of Augustine,” in Augustine and World Religions. Edited by Brian Brown, John Doody, and Kim Paffenroth (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2008), pp. 37-69.

Secundus Augustinus: Hugh of St. Victor on Liberal Arts Study and Salvation,” Augustinian Studies 37/2 (2006): 219-46.

“Nuancing Augustine’s Hermeneutical Jew: Allegory and Actual Jews in the Bishop’s Sermons,” Journal for the Study of Judaism 36 (2005): 41-64.

TRANSLATIONS
Robert of Melun, Questions on the Divine Page (Questiones de divina pagina), with Introduction, in Interpretation of Scripture: Practice, ed. Frans van Liere and Franklin T. Harkins, VTT 6 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2015), pp. 277-345.

Hugh of St. Victor, Exposition on the Canticle of Mary (Super Canticum Mariae), with Introduction, in Writings on the Spiritual Life, ed. Christopher P. Evans, VTT 4 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2013), pp. 413-52.

Hugh of St. Victor, Didascalicon on the Study of Reading, with Introduction, in Interpretation of Scripture: Theory, ed. Franklin T. Harkins and Frans van Liere, VTT 3 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2012), pp. 61-201.

Hugh of St. Victor, On the Praise of Charity (De laude caritatis), with Introduction, in On Love: A Selection of Works of Hugh, Adam, Achard, and Godfrey of St Victor, ed. Hugh Feiss, OSB, VTT 2 (Turnhout: Brepols, 2011), pp. 149-68.