Rev. Stephen Ryan, O.P.

Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture

B.A., Trinity College, Hartford, Conn.
M.A., Providence College
M.Div./S.T.B., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
S.T.L., Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception
Ph.D., Harvard University


Fr. Ryan was born and raised in Boston and entered the Order of Preachers in 1987. He was ordained a priest in 1993 and, on completion of doctoral studies in Scripture, was assigned to the Dominican House of Studies in 2000. He teaches courses on the Old Testament (Pentateuch, Prophets, Wisdom, Psalms), as well as biblical and early Christian languages (Hebrew, Greek, Syriac).


Select Publications


Edited with Adrian Schenker: Dominique Barthélemy, Critique textuelle de l’Ancien Testament, Tome 5. Les Livres Sapientiaux. OBO 50/5; Fribourg: Academic Press/ Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2015.

Edited and authored foreword for: Dominique Barthélemy, God and His Image: An Outline of Biblical Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2007. [New edition with a more complete translation of the French original.]

Edited with Adrian Schenker: Dominique Barthélemy, Critique textuelle de l’Ancien Testament, Tome 4. Psaumes. OBO 50/4; Fribourg: Academic Press/Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2005.

Dionysius bar Salibi’s Factual and Spiritual Commentary on Psalms 73-82. Cahiers de la Revue biblique, 57; Paris: Gabalda, 2004. [Reviewed in: Journal of Theological Studies, Journal of Semitic Studies, Orientalia Christiana Periodica, Oriens Christianus, Review of Biblical Literature, Hugoye: Journal of Syriac Studies, and other academic journals.]

Works in Progress

Edition of 1-2 Kings, Biblia Hebraica Quinta (German Bible Society, expected 2029) with Adrian Schenker, Carmel McCarthy, Lukasz Popko.

Recent Publications

Review of Tomáš Petráček, The Bible and the Crisis of Modernism: Catholic Criticism in the Twentieth Century in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 86 (2024) 382-384.

“Prayer and the Desire for God in Isaiah 26.” The Bible Today (November / December 2022) 338-343.

“Old Testament Wisdom Literature and Formation for a New Evangelization,” in The Revelation of Your Words, The New Evangelization and the Role of the Seminary Professor of Sacred Scripture (St. Paul, MN: St. Paul Seminary Press, 2021) 61-83.

“9.5 The Latin Versions of Judith,” in The Textual History of the Bible, vol. 2: The Deuterocanonical Scriptures, part 2b (gen. ed. A. Lange, vol. eds. F. Feder and M. Henze; Leiden: Brill, 2020) 77-82.

“The Deuterocanonical Books in Contemporary Catholic Liturgy,” Interpretation 72 (2018) 418-29.


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