Curriculum Vitae

Fr. Eugen J. PentiucEugen J. Pentiuc
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445
617.850.1543 | epentiuc@hchc.edu

Education

  • 1998 | Th.D. Bucharest University, Orthodox School of Theology, Romania
  • 1997 | Ph.D. Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • 1996 | M.A. Harvard University, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations
  • 19911992 | Visiting Student, Harvard Divinity School
  • 1986 | Élève titulaire de l’École biblique, École biblique et archéologique française, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1979 | Licentiate in Theology / Graduate Theological Degree, Bucharest Orthodox Institute of Theology, Romania

Academic Employment

  • 2007– | Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • 2004 | Visiting Professor, Bucharest University, Orthodox School of Theology, Romania
  • 20032007 | Assistant Professor, Chair of Religious Studies, Hellenic College
  • 20022003 | Registrar, Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • 19982003 | Adjunct Assistant Professor, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
  • 1996 | Instructor (Intermediate Hebrew), Harvard Divinity School
  • 19941998 | Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

Publications: Books (as Author)

  • 2001 | The Book of Prophet Hosea: Introduction, Translation, and Commentary (Albatros)
  • 2001 | West Semitic Vocabulary in the Akkadian Texts from Emar: Harvard Semitic Studies, vol. 49 (Eisenbrauns)
  • 2002 | Long-Suffering Love: A Commentary on Hosea with Patristic Annotations (Holy Cross Orthodox Press)
  • 2003 | Fear of Real (Cartea Romaneasca)
  • 2006 | Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible (Paulist Press)
  • 2014 | The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition (Oxford University Press)

Publications: Books (as Editor)

  • 2008 | The Orthodox Study Bible: The Old Testament (Associate editor, footnote commentary; Thomas Nelson)

Publications: Journal Articles & Book Chapters

  • 1988 | “References to the Carpatho-Danubian Region in Hebrew Sources of the 10th–12th Centuries,” Romanian Jewish Studies 2/2, pp. 1–12
  • 1999 | “West Semitic Terms in Akkadian Texts from Emar,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 58/2, pp. 81–96
  • 1999 | “Above All His Friends: Paradoxical Language in the Messianic Prophecies of the Old Testament,” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 44, pp. 179–185
  • 2001 | “Messianism in the Book of Hosea in the Light of Patristic Interpretations,” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 46/1–2, pp. 35–56
  • 2001 | “A Self-Offering God and His Begotten Wisdom,” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 46/3–4, pp. 255–266
  • 2002 | “The Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament: A Critical Review,” Greek Orthodox Theological Review 47/1–4, pp. 37–54; reprinted in Theodore G. Stylianopoulos, ed. Sacred Text and Interpretation: Perspectives in Orthodox Biblical Studies – Papers in Honor of Professor Savas Agourides (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2006)
  • 2002 | “Dancing with the Word: Methodological Steps of Biblical Exegesis in the Pastoral Setting,” Synthesis 27–28, pp. 3–13
  • 2002 | “The Deep, the Darkness, and the Spirit of God,” Praxis 3/1, pp. 18–20
  • 2003 | “Nadab and Abihu,” article in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, eds. D. W. Baker & T. D. Alexander (Inter Varsity Press), pp. 583–584
  • 2003 | “Judge,” article in Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, eds. D. W. Baker & T. D. Alexander (Inter Varsity Press), pp. 484–486
  • 2004 | “Translation and Ascension in the Bible,” The ARC 6, pp. 52–61
  • 2004 | “The Living Breath of God and the Three Steps in Fashioning Humanity,” Bulletin of the Boston Theological Institute 4/1, pp. 3–7
  • 2006 | “Between Hebrew Bible and Old Testament: Synchronic and Diachronic Modes of Interpretation,” St. Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 50/4, pp. 381–396
  • 2007 | “‘Renewed by Blood’: Sheol’s Quest in 2 Baruch 56:6,” Revue Biblique 114/4, pp. 535–564
  • 2008 | “The Word ‘almah in Isaiah 7:14: A New Etymology,” in Bible et Terre Sainte: Mélanges Marcel Beaudry, ed. José Enrique Aguilar Chiu et al. (Peter Lang Press), pp. 129–136

Publications: Book Reviews

  • 1999 | Mark W. Chavalas (ed.), EMAR: The History, Religion, and Culture of a Syrian Town in the Late Bronze Age (CDL Press, 1996), Ashland Theological Journal 31, pp. 158-159
  • 2004 | John A. McGuckin, Standing in God’s Holy Fire (Traditions of Christian Spirituality Series; Orbis Books, 2001), p. 172, with a response by J. A. McGuckin in Conversations in Religion and Theology 2/1, pp. 59-66
  • 2005 | Stephen D. Ryan, Dionysius Bar Salibi’s Factual and Spiritual Commentary on Psalms 73–82. (Cahiers de la Revue Biblique 57), in Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org]

Honors, Awards, and Grants

  • 1994 | Edmund J. Curley Harvard Academic Award
  • 1994 | Proto-presbyteros (ecclesiastical honor)
  • 2003 | Faculty Grant (Lilly Endowment) for design / production of interactive CD-ROM used in Hellenic College core classes “Biblical Heritage 1 & 2”
  • 20052007 | Teacher of the Year (three consecutive years, awarded by students’ association)

Research Languages

  • Modern: Romanian (native), French, German, Hebrew
  • Ancient: Hebrew, Akkadian, Syriac, Aramaic, Ugaritic, Ethiopic (Ge’ez), Greek, Latin

Academic Lectures and Presentations

  • “Hebrew Bible – Emar Revisited: A Philological Approach,” Society of Biblical Literature Regional Meeting (Newton, MA – April 11, 1998)
  • “The Plural of Hebrew ‘Segholates’ in Light of the Emar Evidence,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Orlando, FL – November 22, 1998)
  • “Principles of Biblical Hermeneutics in Fr. Staniloae’s Theology,” Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality Annual Symposium (New York, NY – December 6, 1998)
  • “Messianism in the Book of Hosea in the Light of Patristic Interpretations,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Boston, MA – November 21, 1999)
  • “Above All His Friends: Paradoxical Language in the Messianic Prophecies of the Old Testament,” Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality Annual Symposium (New York, NY – December 5, 1999)
  • “The Christological Interpretation of the Old Testament: A Critical Review,” International Biblical Conference organized by Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, MA – October 29–November 1, 2003)
  • “Prophetesses in the Bible and Elsewhere: New Evidence from Emar,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA – November 22–25, 2003)
  • “Reading the Bible Today,” Cluj University, School of Literature and Orthodox School of Theology (Romania – March 11, 2004)
  • “The Living Breath of God and the Three Steps in Shaping Humanity,” BTI-Science and Religion Symposium: Matter, Intelligence and Soul (Boston University – April 29, 2004)
  • “Acquired by God: Incarnation in Scripture & Tradition,” Annual Symposium of Religious Studies Department at Hellenic College (Brookline, MA – December 2, 2004)
  • “Response” to Paul D. Hanson’s talk in conversation with E.J. Pentiuc’s Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible, Annual Symposium of Religious Studies Department at Hellenic College (Brookline, MA – December 6, 2005)
  • “Biblical Scholarship & Faith,” St. Photios Symposium Annual Symposium organized by the Office of Vocation, Hellenic College (February 3–4, 2006)
  • “Orthodoxy 101,” co-presented with Dr. Demetrios Katos, hosted by the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (Boston College – March 21, 2006)
  • “Between Hebrew Bible and Old Testament: Synchronic and Diachronic Modes of Interpretation,” Orthodox Theological Society Annual Meeting (Brookline, MA – June 7–9, 2006)
  • “Hebrew Sheol and Emarite Shuwala,” Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (San Diego, CA – November 18, 2007)

Professional Societies

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • American Oriental Society
  • Romanian Biblical Association (Cluj, Romania)
  • Writers’ Academy of Romania (Bucharest, Romania)
  • Orthodox Theological Society of America
  • Editorial Board of Theological Studies Journal (Bucharest, Romania)

Classes Offered at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Theological Seminary

  • Old Testament Introduction
  • Old Testament Exegesis: The Book of Psalms
  • Hebrew 1 & 2
  • Syriac 1 & 2
  • Hebrew for Pulpit
  • The Septuagint
  • Orthodox Christianity
  • Biblical Heritage 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Great Religious Ideas
  • Hebrew for the Pulpit
  • The Book of Exodus
  • The Book of Genesis
  • The Book of Isaiah
  • The Book of Hosea
  • Old Testament Prophets
  • Christ in the Old Testament
  • Old Testament Theology
  • Theological Themes in the Pentateuch

School Service (Selection)

  • Member, Committee on Lectureships (1998–2003)
  • Chair, Committee on Three Hierarchs Patristic Competition (1999–)
  • Member, Committee on M.Div./ Th.M. Theses (1999–)
  • Member, Committee on Ecumenism (2002–2003)
  • Member, Committee on Rules and Procedures (2002–2006)
  • Member, Committee on Catalogue (2004–2005)
  • Member, Presidential Committee for the Holy Cross Press (2004–)
  • Member, Curriculum Committee (2005–)
  • Member, IT Committee (2006–)
  • Member School Web Site Committee (2008)
  • Member, “Spiritual Fathers” Program (2007–)

Community Service (Selection)

  • “Old Testament Prophecies Concerning the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of the Lord” (lecture series), The Orthodox Fellowship of Rhode Island (Mansfield, MA – April 19, 2000)
  • “Who is Jesus Christ: Yesterday, Today, and Forever” (course), in conjunction with Bishop Kallistos Ware (Oxford University), Eagle River Institute of Orthodox Studies (Eagle River, AK – August 1–5, 2003)
  • “Christ in the Old Testament” (lecture series), Orthodox Clergy Retreat (Washington, DC – February 2004)
  • “Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible” (course), The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Houston, TX – March 6–7, 2004)
  • “Anthropological View of Genesis 1–3” (lecture series), St. Nektarios Church (Charlotte, NC – May 28, 2004)
  • “Theological Themes in Genesis 1–11” (course), Orthodox Clergy Association (Seattle, WA – November 12–13, 2004)
  • “The Coming of Messiah” (course), The Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Belmont, CA) and St. Nicholas Ranch (Dunlup, CA – March 31–April 7, 2006)
  • “Social Justice According to the Scripture” (lecture series), St. George Antiochian Church (West Roxburry, MA – September 20, 2006)
  • “Humanity’s Destiny in the Scripture” (lecture series), Orthodox Youth Fellowship (Pawtucket, RI – November 11, 2006)
  • “Biblical Anthropology” (lecture series), The Antiochian Ladies Society Retreat (West Roxbury, MA – February 10, 200)
  • “Reading the Bible in a Pastoral Setting” (lecture series), Greek Orthodox Church (Kansas City, KS – February 3, 2007)
  • “To Be or To Have, This is the Question” (course), Greek Orthodox Church (Weston, MA – April 2007)
  • “Humanity’s Destiny in the Scripture” (lecture series), The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (Augusta, GA – March 1–2, 2008)
  • “From Eden to Golgotha: Two Gardens, Two Trees” (course), The Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral (Belmont, CA – March 29–30, 2008)