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Dr. Thomas Scheck

Dr. Thomas Scheck, a Senior Fellow of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, is an Assistant Professor in Pastoral Theology at the Ave Maria University Institute for Pastoral Theology.

Thomas Scheck received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa (2004) in Religion, Classics and Philosophy. His dissertation is scheduled for publication with The University of Notre Dame Press under the title: Origen and the History of Justification. Dr. Scheck has also translated several works of the Fathers of the Church: Origen’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, St. Jerome’s Commentary on Matthew, Origen’s Homilies on Numbers, Pamphilus’s Apology for Origen, Origen’s Homilies on Ezekiel.

Dr. Scheck is a revert to the Catholic Church (1999). After experiencing a deep religious conversion in 1983 (which had followed a Catholic upbringing), he pursued full-time ministry as an evangelical Protestant. From 1990-99 he served as an Evangelical Free Church pastor in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa and spent three years as a missionary in Leipzig, Germany. Professor Scheck attributes his return to the Catholic Church to his encounter with the Catholic theological tradition, above all the writings of the Fathers of the Church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the writings of Erasmus of Rotterdam.

Professor Scheck is married and has six children. He and his wife, Susan, live in South Bend, Indiana.

Selected Articles:  (.pdf files, requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

- William of St. Thierry’s Reception of Origen’s Exegesis of Romans

- Review of "Origen: Homilies on Joshua," trans. by Barbara J. Bruce

- Translation of Walther Volker, Review of Walter Bauer’s Rechtglaubigkeit und Ketzerei im altesten Christentum

- Justification in Origen’s Commentary on Romans and its Reception During the Reformation Era

DEGREES

PhD, University of Iowa (2004) Dissertation: The Reception of Origen’s Exegesis of Romans in the Latin West.

MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1989), magna cum laude

BA, Moody Bible Institute (1987) Bible/Theology

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Origen and the History of Justification: The Legacy of Origen’s Commentary on Romans., (Books 1-5) Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.

Origen and the History of Justification: The Legacy of Origen’s Commentary on Romans., (Books 6-10) Notre Dame: The University of Notre Dame Press, 2008.

Translations

Pamphilus and Eusebius of Caesarea’s Apology for Origen. Forthcoming (2010): Fathers of the Church. Catholic University of America Press.

Homilies on Numbers by Origen. Introduced, translated and annotated by Thomas P. Scheck. Forthcoming: Ancient Christian Texts. Intervarsity Press.

St. Jerome’s Commentary on Matthew. Introduced, translated and annotated by Thomas P. Scheck. Forthcoming (2008): The Fathers of the Church. The Catholic University of America Press.

Origen: Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans, 2 vols. Introduced, translated and annotated by Thomas P. Scheck. The Fathers of the Church, series, volumes 103 & 104. Washington D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2001-02.

Articles

“William of St. Thierry’s Reception of Origen’s Exegesis of Romans.” Adamantius 10 (2004) pp. 238-258.

“Justification by Faith Alone in Origen’s Commentary on Romans and its Reception During the Reformation Era.” In: Origeniana Octava: Origen and the Alexandrian Tradition. Papers of the 8th International Origen Congress, Pisa, 27-31 August 2001, 2 vols., ed. L. Perrone (Louvain: Peeters, 2003), 2: 1277-1288.

“Law.” In: The Westminster Handbook to Origen. John A. McGuckin, ed.. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Academic Appointments

2006 Assistant Professor in Pastoral Theology, Ave Maria University, Naples, Florida

2004 Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame

Fellowships, Post-PhD Teaching Experience

2004-2006 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, The Jacques Maritain Center, The University of Notre Dame

2004-2005 Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Notre Dame, Classics Department

2004-2005 Adjunct Assistant Professor, The University of Notre Dame, Department of Theology

2005-2006 Instructor in Latin and German, Trinity (High) School at Greenlawn, South Bend, Indiana

2004 Appointed Senior Fellow of The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

2003-2004 Seashore Dissertation Year Fellowship. The University of Iowa

Courses Taught (post Ph.D.)

New Testament I: Introduction to the New Testament. Ave Maria University

New Testament II: The Epistles of Saint Paul. Ave Maria University

Old Testament II: Literature of Hellenistic Judaism. Ave Maria University

Introduction to Latin. International Catholic University (Distance Education Course on DVD)

Beginning Latin, Beginning German. Trinity School, South Bend

Intermediate Latin, Beginning Greek. University of Notre Dame

Foundations of Theology. University of Notre Dame

Conference Papers and Public Presentations

“Pamphilus of Caesarea’s Apology for Origen (309): Its Purpose and Aims.” North American Patristics Society Meeting. May 25, 2006. Chicago.

“The Evidence for Augustine’s Use of the Origen-Rufinus Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans.” North American Patristics Society Meeting. June 4, 2005. Chicago.

“Pelagius’s Use of the Origen-Rufinus Commentary on Romans.” North American Patristics Society Annual Meeting. May 29, 2004. Loyola University of Chicago.

“William of St. Thierry’s Reception of Origen’s Exegesis of Romans.” Congress on Medieval Studies. May 7, 2004. Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“The Authority of Augustine in Erasmus’s Catholic Apologetics, or McSorley: Right or Wrong?” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. October 31, 2003. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Phillip Melanchthon’s Reception of Origen’s Exegesis of Romans.” American Society of Church History meeting, January 3, 2003. Chicago.

“The First Printed Editions of Origen’s Commentary on Romans: Salodianus (Venice, 1506), Merlin (Paris, 1512), and Erasmus (Basel, 1536).” North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, May 23-25, 2002, Loyola University, Chicago.

“The Authority of Augustine in Erasmus’s Catholic Apologetics.” American Catholic Historical Association, Spring Meeting, March 15-16, 2002. University of Portland, Portland, Oregon.

“The Importance of the Delarue Edition of Origen (1733/59).” South Central Society for 18th -Century Studies, 27th Annual Meeting, February 21-23, 2002, South Padre Island, Texas.

“Justification by Faith Alone in Origen’s Commentary on Romans and its Reception During the Reformation Era.”  Colloquium Origenianum Octavum: Origen and the Alexandrian Tradition, August 27-3,1 2001, Pisa, Italy.

“Philo, Paul, and Origen on the ‘Mercy Seat’ (Ex 25.17; Rom 3.25).” North American Patristic Society Annual Meeting, May 24-26, 2001, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

Book Reviews, et al

Mark Reasoner, Romans in Full Circle: A History of Interpretation (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005). In: Journal of Early Christian Studies 14.3 (Fall 2006), pp. 379-381.

Maureen Beyer Moser, Teacher of Holiness: The Holy Spirit in Origen’s Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans. In: Journal of Early Christian Studies 14.1 (2006), pp. 122-24.

J. A. McGuckin, ed. The Westminster Handbook to Origen. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004. In: Adamantius 11 (2005), pp. 526-529.

M. Simonetti, ed. Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Matthew 1-13, Matthew 14-28. 2 vols. Downers Grove: Intervarsity 2002. In: Journal of Early Christian Studies 12.3 (Fall 2004), pp. 380-382.

Origen. Homilies on Joshua, translated by Barbara J. Bruce, edited by Cynthia White (The Fathers of the Church. A New Translation,105), The Catholic University of America Press, Washington D.C. 2002. In: Adamantius 10 (2004), pp. 473-474.

Elizabeth Van Diver, ed. Luther’s Lives: Two Contemporary Accounts of Martin Luther (Manchester 2002). In: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook (2003), pp. 111-118.

In Memoriam John C. Olin (7 October 1915-6 June 2000). In: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook 21 (2001), pp. 90-93.

Abraham Friesen, Erasmus, the Anabaptists, and the Great Commission (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998). In: Erasmus of Rotterdam Society Yearbook 20 (2000) 82-87.

Timothy J. Wengert, Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness: Philip Melanchthon’s Exegetical Dispute with Erasmus of Rotterdam (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998). In: Trinity Journal 20 (1999) 111-116.

The Edition of St. Jerome. The Collected Works of Erasmus, vol. 61., ed., trans., and annot. by James F. Brady and John C. Olin (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992). In: Trinity Journal 14 (1993) 79-85.

Works in Progress

Annotated Translations

Origen’s Homilies on Ezekiel.

Erasmus’s Edition of Origen (1536). Introduced, translated and annotated by Thomas P. Scheck. Forthcoming: The Collected Works of Erasmus, volume 62 (Patristic Scholarship). Edited by Hilmar Pabel. The University of Toronto Press.

Book manuscript: Erasmus the Catholic Apologist.


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