"The State of Patristic Studies" by Rev. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J.
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As part of The Fifteenth Annual Peter Richard Kenrick Lecture on 18 March 2010, Rev. Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. gave an address to the seminarians of Kenrick Roman Catholic Theological Seminary entitled The State of Patristic Studies.
Reverend Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J. is professor of theology at Fordham University and an adjunct professor of dogmatic theology at St. Joseph's Seminary, Dunwoodie, New York. Prior to his 1990 arrival at Fordham, he taught for 15 years on the faculty of Marquette University. Her received his doctorate in Theology from the University of Freiburg in Germany. Fr. Lienhard specializes in patristics or early Christian studies, with particular attention to St. Augustine, Origin, and the history of exegesis. His teaching duties include the direction of doctoral dissertations on the Fathers of the Church.
Father Lienhard is the author, editor, or translator of twelve books including: Pope Benedict XVI's The Fathers of the Church: From Clement of Rome to Augustine of Hippo; The Bible, the Church, and Authority: The Canon of the Christian bible in History and Theology; and the volume on Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy in the series Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture. He has published more than eighty articles,many focusing on the Fathers of the early Church. Fr. Lienhard currently serves as the managing editor of Traditio: Studies in Ancient and Medieval Thought, History, and Religion, published by Fordham University.
Currently, Fr. Lienhard holds memberships in the American Society of Church History, the Association Internationale d'Études Patristiques, and the North American Patristics Society, which he has served as both vice-president and president. He is also a Distinguished Fellow with The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a non-profit research and educational institution.