Leroy Huizenga, PhD

Chair of Arts and Letters

Biography

Dr. Leroy Huizenga is Administrative Chair of Arts and Letters and Professor of Theology at the University of Mary, where he has served as Director of the Christian Leadership Center, Director of the Cor Christi Institute, and President of the Teaching Faculty Organization. Huizenga has a BA in Religion from Jamestown College (ND), a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a PhD in New Testament from Duke University. During his doctoral studies he received a Fulbright Grant to study and teach at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt, Germany. After teaching at Wheaton College for five years, Huizenga was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil of 2011. Huizenga is married to Kari and has three children, Hans Arnold, Miriam Anne, and Maximus (Max) Joseph, and one in heaven, Frances Jean.

Huizenga is the author of Behold the Christ: Proclaiming the Gospel of Matthew (Emmaus Road, 2019), Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark (Emmaus Road, 2017), The New Isaac: Tradition and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew (Brill, 2012), and is currently writing a major theological commentary on the Gospel of Mark for Bloomsbury T&T Clark’s International Theological Commentary series. He has lectured on Scripture throughout the United States and abroad at academic and ecclesial conferences. Huizenga is available to speak at parishes, schools, organizations, or to groups about a variety of topics.

About the Program

Arts & Letters resides within the School of Arts & Sciences and includes disciplines within the areas of the humanities and human and divine sciences: Communications, Language and Literature, Art, Classics (including the teaching of Greek and Latin), Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Politics, Spanish, Theater, and Theology.

Behold the Christ: Proclaiming the Gospel of Matthew. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road, 2019.

Loosing the Lion: Proclaiming the Gospel of Mark. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road, 2017.

The New Isaac: Tradition and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew. Supplements to Novum Testamentum 131. Leiden: Brill, 2009 [reprint 2012].

“The Confession of Jesus and the Curses of Peter: A Narrative-Christological Approach to the Text-Critical Problem of Mark 14:62.” Novum Testamentum 53 (2011): 244–66.

“The Aqedah at the End of the First Century of the Common Era: L.A.B., 4 Maccabees, Josephus’ Antiquities, and 1 Clement.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha  20 (2010): 105–133.

“Obedience unto Death: The Matthean Gethsemane and Arrest Sequence and the Aqedah.” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (2009): 507–26.

 “Matt 1:1: ‘Son of Abraham’ as Christological Category.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 30 (2008): 103–113.

“The Incarnation of the Servant: The ‘Suffering Servant’ and Matthean Christology.” Horizons in Biblical Theology 27 (2005): 25–58.

“The Battle for Isaac: Exploring the Composition and Function of the Aqedah in the Book of Jubilees.” Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha 13 (2002): 33–59.

“The Preaching of Scripture According to Dei Verbum.” The Josephinum Diaconal Review (Fall 2017): 2–13.

“The Old Testament in the New, Intertextuality, and Allegory.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 38 (2015): 17–35.

“The Matthean Christ, Center of Salvation History.” Letter & Spirit 9 (2014): 11–29.

“The Tradition of Christian Allegory Yesterday and Today.” Letter & Spirit 8 (2013): 77–99.

“Das Matthäusevangelium in intertextueller Perspektive,” with Michael Schneider. Zeitschrift für Neues Testament 16 (2005): 20–29.

“The Bible in the United States,” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Edited by Mark A. Lamport and George Kurian. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2016. 271–79.

“Vatican-United States Relations,” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the United States. Edited by Mark A. Lamport and George Kurian. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2016. 2392–94.

“Fides et Ratio After Twenty Years.” Young Catholic Minds Annual Lecture, Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, Virginia Beach, Va., February 15, 2018.

“Beauty, Liturgy, and the New Evangelization in the Benedict Option.” Benedictine College 6th Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, Atchison, Kansas, April 1, 2017.

“Dei Verbum and the Catechism on Historical Criticism and the Fourfold Sense.” University of Mary Theology Colloquium, Sep. 20, 2016.

“Human Ecology in an Age of Technopoly: Benedict and Francis Challenge Post/Modernity.” University of Mary Tempe Campus colloquium on “Human Ecology and the Stewardship of Creation,” Tempe, AZ, Nov. 21, 2014.

“Catholic Biblical Interpretation and the Fourfold Sense After Dei Verbum.” University of Dayton conference “Dei Verbum at 50: Toward a Clarification of the Inspiration of Scripture,” Oct. 26, 2012.

“St. Hildegard of Bingen’s Premodern and Postmodern Paul.” SBL Annual Meeting, Recovering Female Interpreters of the Bible section, Chicago, Nov. 19, 2012.

“Christus Victor: Origen, Joshua and the Matthean Jesus.” SBL Annual Meeting, Scripture in Early Judaism and Christianity section, San Francisco, Nov. 19, 2011.

“‘Righteousness to the Nations’: Creative Tensions between the Matthean Narrator and Matthean Messiah on the Gentile Question.” SBL Annual Meeting, Matthew section, San Francisco, Nov. 19, 2011.

“The Coherence of the Canon in the Wake of Modernity.” L’Abri, Huemoz, Switzerland, June 11, 2010.

“The Figure of Isaac and the Matthean Jesus as New Temple and Sacrifice.” International SBL Annual Meeting, Synoptic Gospels section, Rome, July 3, 2009.

“Reading the Gospels as Narratives and Artifacts.”  International SBL Annual Meeting, Methods in New Testament Studies section, Rome, July 2, 2009.

“The Rhetoric of the Barren: Sarah as Marian Type in Tradition and Scripture.” NAPS Annual Meeting, Mariology session 2, Chicago, May 23, 2009.

“Christ’s Passion Prefigured in the Old Testament.”  Franciscan University of Steubenville, Steubenville, Ohio, April 8, 2009.

“Lawgiver or Sacrifice?  Jesus, Moses, Isaac and the Interpretation of the Matthean Transfiguration.” International SBL Annual Meeting, Synoptic Gospels section, Vienna, July 25, 2007.

“Jesus als Neuer Isaak im Matthäusevangelium.” Presented at the conference “Die Bibel im Dialog der Schriften: Konzepte intertextueller Bibellektüre,” Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Nov. 4, 2004.