Michael Patella, OSB


Professor of Theology

B.A., Saint John's University, 1977
M.A., Boston College, 1987
M.Div., Saint John's University,1989
S.S.L., Pontifcal Biblical Institute, 1993
S.S.D., Ecole biblique et archeologique francaise de Jerusalem, Israel, 1995

Office: Luke Hall 216A
Phone Number: 320-363-2108
Email: [email protected]

Areas of Teaching and Research
  • New Testament
  • Fr. Patella's research focus is in the Gospel of Luke, the Intersection of Scripture and Art, and his teaching interest is in the New Testament, specifically Luke-Acts, the Synoptic Gospels, Johannine Literature, and the Pauline Writings.

  • A Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, Fr. Michael Patella is a professor of New Testament and teaches in both the undergraduate theology department and the graduate School of Theology at Saint John's University, where he serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program. He earned a License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. He has published in the areas of Luke, Mark, Paul, angels, and demons, art and theology, and also has written for The Bible Today and Give Us This Day. His most recent book, Word and Image: the Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, the fruit of his work as chair of the Committee on Illumination and Texts for The Saint John’s Bible, won the Catholic Press Association’s award in Biblical-Academic. Currently, he is writing the commentary on the Gospel of Luke for the next revision of the New Jerome Biblical Commentary.


Full List of Publications Here

  • “Stephen’s Speech,” The Bible Today, June 2017.
  • Within the Word, Give Us This Day, September 2016.
  • The Complexity of Corinth, Give Us This Day, June 2015.
  • Word and Image: The Hermeneutics of The Saint John’s Bible, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2013. Winner, 2nd place, Catholic Press Association, Biblical-Academic.
  • Angels and Demons: A Christian Primer of the Spiritual World, Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.
  • Lord of the Cosmos: Mithras, Paul, and the Gospel of Mark. Edinburgh: T &T Clark, April 2006.
  • Leadership Education at Duke Divinity:  The Saint John's Bible for Faith & Leadership, 2012 http://www.faithandleadership.com/features/articles/illuminating-the-word-god.
  • Mark Lewandowski, 660 WBHR.  “This Week at Saint John’s.”  16 September 2010.
  • “Judas translation causes some Christians to revisit faith, beliefs” for Saint Cloud Times, by Frank Lee, Saturday, 8 April 2006.
  • Hanley Lecture, Saint Paul’s College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Towards a Catholic Interpretation of Scripture, 19-20 March 2017.
  • Insects in the Bible: An Intertextual Approach, Royal Botanical Garden, Hamilton, Ontario, 11 March 2017.
  • The Saint John’s Bible: Luke the Evangelist Saint Anselm College, 10 November 2016.
  • Carrega, Gian-Luca.  La Vetus Syra del Vangelo di Luca (Analecta Biblica 201; Rome: Gregorian Biblical Press, 2013.  Review for Catholic Biblical Quarterly, January 2015.
  • D’Anna, Alberto and Emanuela Velariani.  L’Ultimo Nemico di Dio: Il ruolo dell’Anticristo nel critianiesomo antico e tardoantico. Edizioni Dehoniane Bologna, 2013.   Review for Catholic Biblical Quarterly, January 2015.
  • Black, C. Clifton.  Mark (Abington New Testament Commentaries), Nashville: Abington Press, 2011. Review for Catholic Biblical Quarterly June 2014.

Special Committees/Organizations
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Society of Biblical Literature