Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Franklin T. Harkins

Associate Professor

Duane Library 143

(718) 817-0522


Ph.D. - University of Notre Dame

M.Div. - Duke Divinity School

B.S. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research interests
Medieval Scholasticism, History of Scriptural Interpretation (Medieval and Patristic), Jewish-Christian Relations.

Dr. Harkins’ research and teaching interests are in the areas of medieval theology and scriptural exegesis, particularly in the 12th and 13th centuries.  His recent monograph entitled Reading and the Work of Restoration: History and Scripture in the Theology of Hugh of St. Victor (PIMS, 2009) considers the Victorine’s use of Augustine in the development of a program of secular and sacred reading aimed ultimately at the student’s restoration to the image of God.  Dr. Harkins also recently edited a volume entitled Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010).   

For the academic year 2010-11, Dr. Harkins has been awarded a Fordham Faculty Fellowship and a Mellon Fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto to support work on an edition and translation of the Filia Magistri, an anonymous mid-thirteenth-century abridgment of Peter Lombard’s Sentences, to be published in the Dallas Medieval Texts and Translations series.  Dr. Harkins is also co-editing Volume 3: Interpretation of Scripture, in the Brepols’ series, Victorine Texts in Translation: Exegesis, Theology, and Spirituality from the Abbey of St. Victor. 

Recent Publications

“The Embodiment of Angels: A Debate in Mid-Thirteenth-Century Theology,”  Recherches de théologie et philosophie médiévales 78 (2011): 25-58.

“Primus doctor Iudaeorum: Moses as Theological Master in the Summa theologiae of Thomas Aquinas," The Thomist 75 (2011): 65-94.

“Fundamentum omnis doctrinae: The Memorization of History in the Pedagogy of Hugh of St. Victor.” Pecia: Ressources en médiévistique (forthcoming 2011).

“‘Following with Unequal Step’: Andrew of St. Victor, the Glossa ordinaria, and Compilatory Exegesis in the Northern French Schools of the Twelfth Century.”  Pages 150-78 in Transforming Relations: Essays on Jews and Christians throughout History in Honor of Michael A. Signer. University of Notre Dame Press, 2010. 
“Homo Assumptus at St. Victor: Reconsidering the Relationship between Victorine Christology and Peter Lombard’s First Opinion.” The Thomist 72 (2008): 595-624.

“Unwitting Witnesses: Jews and Judaism in the Thought of Augustine.” Pages 37-69 in Augustine and World Religions. Edited by Brian Brown, John Doody, and Kim Paffenroth. Lexington Books, 2008.

“Secundus Augustinus: Hugh of St. Victor on Liberal Arts Study and Salvation.” Augustinian Studies 37/2 (2006): 219-46.

“Nuancing Augustine’s Hermeneutical Jew: Allegory and Actual Jews in the Bishop’s Sermons.” Journal for the Study of Judaism 36 (2005): 41-64  (winner of the 2006 North American Patristics Society Best First Article Prize).



HPRH 1050-R02: Medieval Philosophy/Theology, TF 1:00-2:15
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