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School of Theology and Ministry

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.

chair of the ecclesiastical faculty and
associate professor of new testament

Thomas Stegman, S.J.

Contact Information:
Office: 212
Office Phone: 617-552-6527

Boston College
School of Theology and Ministry
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Areas of Interest:
His primary area of interest and research is the interpretation of the Pauline letters (with a focus on elements of their narrative substructure).

A member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Stegman was raised in Holdrege, Nebraska. He is a graduate of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia (B.A., Philosophy). He holds an M.A. (Philosophy) from Marquette University, and both an M.Div. and S.T.L. (Hebrew Bible) from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He earned his Ph.D. in New Testament studies at Emory University, under the direction of Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Fr. Stegman enjoys giving lectures and workshops for parishes and dioceses. He is an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fall 2014


Spring 2015

TM 437- Jewish & Christian Interpretations of the Bible
TM 502- Synoptic Gospels
TM 520- Great Themes of the Bible
TM 540- Introduction to New Testament
TM 549- Epistle to the Romans
TM 612- The Apostle Paul
TM 625- John: Gospel and Letters
TM 630- Gospel of Mark

Recent Publications:


Second Corinthians, Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009)

The Character of Jesus: The Linchpin to Paul’s Argument in 2 Corinthians, Analecta Biblica 158 (Roma: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2005)


Journal Articles, Book Chapters, Annotated Bibliography:

“What Does the New Testament Say about Reconciliation?” in Thomas A. Kane (ed.), Healing God’s People: Theological and Pastoral Approaches / A Reconciliation Reader (New York/Mahweh, NJ: Paulist, 2013) 33-44

“‘Run That You May Obtain the Prize’ (1 Cor 9:24): St. Paul and the Spiritual Exercises,” Studies in the Spirituality of the Jesuits 44/4 (2012) 1-43 —

“Reading egrapsa in 2 Corinthians 2:9 as an Epistolary Aorist,”Novum Testamentum 54 (2012) 50-67

“Ancient Rhetorical and Epistolary Theory: Second Corinthians as Deliberative Discourse,” in Andrew McGowan and Kent H. Richards (eds.), Method and Meaning (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011) 193-211

“Paul’s Use of Dikaio- Terminology: Moving Beyond N. T. Wright’s Forensic Interpretation,”Theological Studies 72 (2011) 496-524

“2 Corinthians,”Oxford Bibliographies Online (2010)-

“‘Lifting the Veil’: The Challenges Posed by 2 Corinthians 3,” Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations 4/1 (2009) 3/1-15-

“What’s in a phrase? A look at two key Pauline concepts,” in M.A. Hayes (ed.), In Praise of Paul (London: St. Pauls, 2009) 90-99

“‘Holy Ones,’ called to be holy: Life in the Spirit according to Paul,” in M.A. Hayes (ed.), In Praise of Paul (London: St. Pauls, 2009) 100-109

“Episteusa, dio elalēsa (2 Cor 4:13): Paul’s Christological Reading of LXX Ps 115:1a,”Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69 (2007) 725-745

“Reading Luke 12:13-34 as an Elaboration of a Chreia: How Hermogenes of Tarsus Sheds Light on Luke’s Gospel,” Novum Testamentum 49 (2007) 328-352

“‘The Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding’: Epistemology in Luke–Acts,” in M. Healy and R. Parry (eds.), The Bible and Epistemology (Carlisle: Paternoster, 2007) 88-106

“‘Actualization’: How John Paul II Utilizes Scripture in The Theology of the Body,” in J.M. McDermott and J. Gavin (eds.), Pope John Paul II on the Body: Human, Eucharistic, Ecclesial (Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s University Press, 2007) 47-64


Articles in The Pastoral Review:

“New Testament Portraits of Faith (5): Letters of Paul,” The Pastoral Review 9/6 (2013) 21-25

“New Testament Portraits of Faith (4): Gospel of John,” The Pastoral Review 9/5 (2013) 16-20

“New Testament Portraits of Faith (3): Luke–Acts,” The Pastoral Review 9/4 (2013) 16-21

“New Testament Portraits of Faith (2): Gospel of Mark,” The Pastoral Review 9/3 (2013) 10-15

“New Testament Portraits of Faith (1): Gospel of Matthew,” The Pastoral Review 9/2 (2013) 19-23

"Dei Verbum: Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation," The Pastoral Review 9/1 (2013) 10-16

"Mark in the Lectionary," The Pastoral Review 8/3 (2012) 10-15

"John in the Lectionary," The Pastoral Review 8/2 (2012) 10-15

“Uncovering the Gems of the Catholic Epistles (3): First, Second, and Third John,” The Pastoral Review 7/5 (2011) 4-9 -

“Uncovering the Gems of the Catholic Epistles (2): First and Second Peter,”The Pastoral Review 7/4 (2011) 28-33

“Matthew in the Lectionary,”The Pastoral Review 7/4 (2011) 4-9-

“Uncovering the Gems of the Catholic Epistles (1): James and Jude,”The Pastoral Review 7/3 (2011) 4-10 -

“Breaking the Word” [Sunday readings, Sept. – Oct.], The Pastoral Review 6/5 (2010) 67-72

“Luke in the Lectionary,”The Pastoral Review 6/3 (2010) 4-9-

“New Testament Images of Priesthood,”The Pastoral Review 6/2 (2010) 12-18

“‘Being with’ Jesus: Mark’s Teaching on Prayer,” The Pastoral Review 5/5 (2009) 16-21

“Jesus as Pray-er in Mark’s Gospel: ‘Your Will Be Done,’” The Pastoral Review 5/4 (2009) 10-15

“‘Holy Ones,’ Called to Be Holy: Life in the Spirit according to Paul,” The Pastoral Review 5/2 (2009) 16-21

“What’s in a Phrase? A Look at Two Key Pauline Concepts,”The Pastoral Review 4/5 (2008) 10-15