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Joseph T. Lienhard


Joseph T. Leinhard, SJ


General Information

Department of Theology
Rose Hill Campus
441 East Fordham Road
Bronx, New York 10458



Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ, a native of the Bronx, has been a member of the Society of Jesus since 1958. He was ordained a priest in 1971. After studies at several places in the United States, he received the degree of Dr. theol. from the University of Freiburg in 1975, with a dissertation on Paulinus of Nola. In 1986 he completed the “Habilitation” at Freiburg with a work on Marcellus of Ancyra. From 1975 until 1990 he taught at Marquette University in Milwaukee; since 1990 he has been at Fordham University. He has also held chairs or visiting appointments at John Carroll University, Boston College, St. Joseph’s Seminary Dunwoodie, the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the Pontifical Gregorian University. His current project is the translation of several works by Augustine on the Old Testament, specifically his writings on the Heptateuch and his Annotations on Job.

He also serves as the editor of Traditio.


Dr. theol. habil. - University of Freiburg
Dr. theol. - University of Freiburg
STM - Woodstock College
BD - Woodstock College
MA - Fordham University
PhL - Woodstock College
AB - Fordham University

Research Interests

Greek and Latin patristics, particularly Origen, Augustine, fourth-century Trinitarian theology, and patristic exegesis. Studies of Paulinus of Nola and early western monasticism; Marcellus of Ancyra and fourth-century theology; the patristic exegesis of the Pentateuch; Augustine’s writings on the Old Testament.


(Ed. and trans.) Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. In collaboration with Ronnie J. Rombs. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture 3. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, and Leister, Engl.: Inter-Varsity, 2001. Pp. xxxi + 382. CD-ROM: Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, 1 (2005). Also published in Chinese, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Korean translations.

“Augustine of Hippo, Basil of Caesarea, and Gregory Nazianzen.” Orthodox Readings of Augustine, ed. George E. Demacopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, 81–99. Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2008. Also published in Spanish: Augustinus 53 (2008): 127–40.

(Ed.) Benedict XVI, Pope. The Fathers of the Church: From Clement of Rome to Augustine of Hippo. A Giniger Book. Grand Rapids, MI and Cambridge, UK: William B. Eerdmans, 2009. Pp. x + 179.

Tradition & the Rule of Faith in the Early Church: Essays in Honor of Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ Ed. Ronnie J. Rombs and Alexander Y. Hwang. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press, 2010. Pp. xvi + 351.

“Augustine and the Filioque.” Tolle Lege: Essays on Augustine & on Medieval Philosophy in Honor of Roland J. Teske, SJ, ed. Richard C. Taylor, David Twetten, & Michael Wreen, 137–54. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2011. Also published in Spanish: Augustinus 56 (2011): 131–44.