Michael Patella, OSB

Professor of Theology

B.A., Saint John's University, 1977
M.A., Boston College, 1987
M.Div., Saint John's University,1989
S.S.L., Pontifcal Biblical Institute, 1993
S.S.D., Ecole biblique et archeologique francaise de Jerusalem, Israel, 1995

Office: Luke Hall 216A
Phone Number: 320-363-2108
Email: [email protected]

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Area of Focus

New Testament


Gospel of Luke, Intersection of Sacred Scripture and Art

Teaching Interest

New Testament, specifically, Luke-Acts, Synoptics, Johannine Literature, Pauline Writings


A Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Fr. Michael Patella, is a professor of New Testament and teaches in both the undergraduate theology department and the graduate School of Theology at Saint John's University, where he serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program.  He earned a License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem.  He has published in the areas of Luke, Mark, Paul, angels, and demons, art and theology, and also has written for The Bible Today and Give Us This Day His most   book, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, the fruit of his work as chair of the Committee on Illumination and Texts for The Saint John’s Bible, won the Catholic Press Association’s award in Biblical-Academic.  Currently, he is writing the commentary on the Gospel of Luke for the next revision of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary

Special Committees/Organizations
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature.

  • “And God Created Laughter: The Eighth Day,” Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology, April 2015.
  • Word and Image: The Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013.                        
  • Angels and Demons: A Christian Primer of the Spiritual World, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012
  • Lord of the Cosmos: Mithras, Paul, and the Gospel of Mark.  Edinburgh: T &T Clark, April 2006.  
  • “Gospel according to Luke.”  New Collegeville Bible Commentary.  Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, September 2005.  Chinese translation: Faculty of Theology, Fujen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan: Kuangchi Cultural Group, 2011.
  • "Die Saint John's Bible," Biblos: Beiträge zu Buch, Bibliothek und Schrift (52//1-2; 2003) 201-208.
  • The Death of Jesus: the Diabolical Force and the Ministering Angel, Luke 23,44-49 in Cahiers de la Revue Biblique (43) Paris: Gabalda, 1999

Papers and Talks


  • Hanley Lecture, Saint Paul’s College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Towards a Catholic Interpretation of Scripture, 19-20 March 2017
  • Bugs in the Bible: An Intertextual Approach, Saint Jerome’s University, Hamilton, Ontario, 10 March 2017.
  • Insects in the Bible: An Intertextual Approach, Royal Botanical Garden, Hamilton, Ontario, 11March 2017.
  • The Saint John’s Bible: Luke the Evangelist Saint Anselm College, 10 November 2016
  • The Saint John’s Bible: a Postmodern Interpretation of Sacred Scripture?  Saint Anselm College OSB   10 November 20

  • Leadership Education at Duke Divinity:  The Saint John's Bible for Faith & Leadership, 2012 http://www.faithandleadership.com/features/articles/illuminating-the-word-god.
  • Mark Lewandowski, 660 WBHR.  “This Week at Saint John’s.”  16 September 2010.
  • “Judas translation causes some Christians to revisit faith, beliefs” for Saint Cloud Times, by Frank Lee, Saturday, 8 April 2006
  • WBZ-AM  Boston, MA  by Jordan Rich" Thursday, 2 February 2006
  • WLW-AM ”WLW Morning Show” Russ Jackson, Cincinnati, OH Thursday, 16 February 2006
  • “Handmade Bible revives a sacred art” for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle by Marketta Gregory, Thursday, 23 February 2006

Articles, Presentations
  • “Stephen’s Speech,” The Bible Today, June 2017
  • Within the Word, Give Us This Day, September 2016
  • The Complexity of Corinth, Give Us This Day, June 2015
  • Mary in Scripture and Tradition, Give Us This Day, Dec 2015
  • Holy Tension in The Council of Jerusalem, Give Us This Day,April 2016

Reviews and Assessments:


  • Carrega, Gian-Luca.  La Vetus Syra del Vangelo di Luca (Analecta Biblica 201; Rome: Gregorian Biblical Press, 2013.  Review for Catholic Biblical Quarterly, January 2015.
  • D’Anna, Alberto and Emanuela Velariani.  L’Ultimo Nemico di Dio: Il ruolo dell’Anticristo nel critianiesomo antico e tardoantico. Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna, 2013.   Review for Catholic Biblical Quarterly, January 2015


  • Black, C. Clifton.  Mark (Abington New Testament Commentaries), Nashville: Abington Press, 2011.  Review for Catholic Biblical Quarterly June 2014


  • “The Cult of Mithras in early Christian Literature: Rhetoric and Society,” Assessment for Journal of Early Christian Studies, September 2012.


  • Harrison-Mills, Douglas. Hearing about Jesus, but Thinking about Joel, assessment for Oxford University Press, May 2011