Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture

I studied philosophy and theology at Ave Maria College (B.Phil., 2005). Then I joined the inaugural class of the Augustine Institute where I focused on Scripture (M.A., 2007). From there, I went to The Catholic University of America for my doctoral work in Biblical Studies (Ph.D., 2013). In addition, I earned additional degrees from the Pontifical Biblical Commission (S.S.B., 2014; S.S.L., 2016). I came back to the Augustine Institute as a faculty member in 2010 and have enjoyed teaching here ever since.

I have a passion for Scripture and I love helping Catholics read, pray, and understand the Bible. We have such a rich treasury in God’s word and yet so much of it remains unexplored by so many. I want to help others drink deeply from Scripture as a source of spiritual sustenance. In particular, I am deeply interested in the oft-overlooked texts of the Old Testament. I wrote my dissertation on the characters in the Song of Songs and in my research, I continue to explore the fascinating details of this biblical book and many others. In 2015, I wrote a book on the tough parts of the Bible called Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture. I have also contributed to the Augustine Institute’s Bible in a Year and to the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. I write regularly on my blog, CatholicBibleStudent.com, and occasionally at CatholicExchange.com. I have written introductions to every book of the Bible, hosted at Catholic News Agency. You can also find me on my YouTube channel, on my podcast, or on Twitter.

Ph. D. in Biblical Studies, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (2013)
S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Commission, Rome (2016)
S.S.B., Pontifical Biblical Commission, Rome (2014)
M. A. in Sacred Scripture, Augustine Institute, Denver, CO (2007)
B. Phil. in Philosophy and Theology, Ave Maria College, Ypsilanti, MI (2005)

Journal Articles
The Strange Myths of the New Evangelization,” Church Life Journal (May 7, 2018).
The Canonical Status of Song of Songs in m. Yadayim 3.5,” Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 41 (2016): 205-220.
“Song of Songs 1,7 – What Kind of Wrapping,” Revue Biblique 122 (2015): 58-70.

Light on the Dark Passages of Scripture,” book with Our Sunday Visitor press, (November 15, 2015).

Courses Taught
• Salvation History
• Prophets
• Psalms and Wisdom Literature
• Pauline Literature

mark@augustine.edu | Phone: (303) 937-4420