Professor of Historical Theology
Dr. Franklin T. Harkins is Professor of Historical Theology and Professor Ordinarius at the STM. A native North Carolinian, he studied Psychology and Biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.S., 1996) before attending Duke Divinity School. 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). Currently Dr. Harkins is the President of the International Albertus Magnus Society and President of the Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages. He is also co-editor of the Fordham Series in Medieval Studies (Fordham University Press) and serves on the editorial board of Victorine Texts in Translation (Brepols Publishers). Dr. Harkins has recently been elected to a four-year term on the National Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts.
Introduction to Thomas Aquinas
Great Christian Thinkers
Book of Job in Middle Ages
Thomas Aquinas: The Basics. London: Routledge, 2021.
St. Albert the Great, On Resurrection. Translated with introduction by Irven M. Resnick and Franklin T. Harkins. Fathers of the Church Mediaeval Continuation vol. 20. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2020.
St. Albert the Great, On Job, volume 1 (on chs. 1-21). Translated with introduction by Franklin T. Harkins. Fathers of the Church Mediaeval Continuation vol. 19. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2019.
The Discovery of Being & Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, ed. Christopher M. Cullen, SJ and Franklin T. Harkins. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2019.
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
“Defusing Theological Dynamite: Predestination and Divine Love in the Summa Halensis,” in The Summa Halensis: Doctrines and Debates, ed. Lydia Schumacher (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2020), pp. 73-89.
“Angelic Corporeality: A Case of Metaphysical Manuduction in Albertus Magnus and Thomas Aquinas,” in The Discovery of Being & Thomas Aquinas: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives, ed. Christopher M. Cullen, SJ and Franklin T. Harkins (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 2019), pp. 217-31.
“Medieval Latin Reception,” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Biblical Interpretation, ed. Peter Martens and Paul Blowers (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019), pp. 651-66.
“Scripture and the Development of Scholastic Theology: Robert of Melun’s Questiones de divina pagina in Context,” in A Companion to the Abbey of Saint Victor in Paris, ed. Hugh Feiss and Juliet Mousseau. Brill’s Companions to the Christian Tradition vol. 79 (Leiden: Brill, 2017), pp. 244-73.
“University Theology in the Cloister: The Filia magistri at the Cistercian Abbey of St Mary at Cambron,” in From Learning to Love: Schools, Law, and Pastoral Care in the Middle Ages. Essays in Honour of Joseph W. Goering, ed. Tristan Sharp, with Isabelle Cochelin, Greti Dinkova-Bruun, Abigail Firey, and Giulio Silano (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2017), pp. 119-45.
“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.