Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S.A., Ph.D., is Professor Emerita of Old Testament Studies and the former Carroll Stuhlmueller, C.P., Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She was President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America from 2000 to 2001 and has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue for the past thirty years. For more than twenty years, Prof. Bergant has been the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today, having been a member of the editorial board for twenty-five years. Five of these years she served as the magazine’s general editor. She is now on the editorial board of Biblical Theology. From 2002 to 2005, she wrote the weekly column “The Word” for America magazine, reflections that have now been published by Paulist Press. Sr. Bergant received her Ph.D. in Biblical Languages and Literature from St. Louis University. She is the author of numerous books, including People of the Covenant: An Invitation to the Old Testament (Sheed & Ward, 2001) and Israel’s Wisdom Literature (Fortress Press, 2000).
Praise for Dianne Bergant
“Dianne is one of the most prolific authors and sought after speakers in the country. She has dedicated a lifetime of scholarship to learning and teaching the Old Testament, and accumulated a huge number of admirers and emulators. Her ministry is not confined to academic presentations but extends to her calling others to a more mature life of faith and insight into the workings of God in the world of creation.”– Fr. Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp., Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Theology and Culture, Catholic Theological Union
“Sister Dianne’s extensive knowledge of the Old Testament is matched only by her enthusiasm. A teacher of extraordinary insight and passion, Sister Dianne helps her students engage, interpret and understand the biblical text. If you can’t be in her classroom, then Now You Know Media is the next best way to be taught by Sister Dianne Bergant.”– Sr. Laurie Brink, O.P., Ph.D., Catholic Theological Union
“Professor Dianne Bergant invariably brings sound biblical knowledge, practical sensitivity and spiritual insight to everything she writes.”– Bishop Richard Sklba, Milwaukee
“Sr. Dianne Bergant, C.S,A., has given her life to teaching, and she does it with enthusiasm, commitment, dynamism, and depth of thought, touching both minds and hearts.”– Abbot Gregory Polan, OSB, Conception Abbey/Conception Seminary College
Fr. Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M., Ph.D., is the Carroll Stuhlmueller Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. He is the author of several books and many articles on Old Testament interpretation and biblical archaeology, including Isaiah (New Collegeville Bible Commentary: Old Testament), There Shall Be No Poor Among You: Poverty in the Bible (Abingdon Press), The Holy City: Jerusalem in the Theology of the Old Testament (Michael Glazier Books), and The Synagogues and Churches of Ancient Palestine (Liturgical Press).
Fr. Hoppe received a Ph.D. in Religion from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Theology from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. He has served as the President of the Catholic Biblical Association (2015–2016) and is the General Editor of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly and an associate editor of The Bible Today. He is a member of the Assumption Province, Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) and is a Roman Catholic priest.
Praise for Fr. Leslie Hoppe
“Leslie’s scholarship, writings, teaching, his breaking open of God’s Word have formed my life and the lives of so many women and men who serve the people of God. I am privileged to call him my brother, my professor, my director.” – Jim Gannon, O.F.M., Provincial Minister, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province
“Fr. Leslie Hoppe, O.F.M., has spent much of his professional life as a biblical scholar exploring the archaeology of the Holy Land. His articles and books have a wonderful knack for making the science of archaeology come alive for the non-specialist. His vast knowledge and his wit make him the perfect guide for those who want to appreciate how the results of modern archaeology have so enriched our appreciation of the Bible and its history.” – Donald Senior, C.P., President Emeritus, Catholic Theological Union