Fr. John R. Donahue, S.J., S.T.L., Ph.D., is the Raymond E. Brown, Distinguished Professor of New Testament Studies (Emeritus) St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and is presently Research Professor in Theology at Loyola University Maryland. Fr. Donahue is Past President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and has served on national and international ecumenical dialogues. He earned a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Chicago, where he wrote a doctoral thesis on the Gospel of Mark. He also holds a Ph.L. and M.A. from Fordham University and an S.T.L. from Woodstock College in Maryland. Fr. Donahue published three volumes of commentaries on the Sunday Readings, one of which won First Place in Professional Books from the Catholic Press Association. Other books include The Gospel of Mark, Are You the Christ: The Trial Narrative in the Gospel of Mark, Theology and Setting of Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, What Does the Lord Require: A Bibliographical Essay on the Bible and Social Justice, The Gospel in Parable: Metaphor, and Narrative and Theology in the Gospel of Mark. From 1998–2001, he wrote the weekly “Word” column for America.