Franciscan School of Theology

Michael D. Guinan, OFM

Michael Guinan, OFM

Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages


  • Ph.D. Catholic University of America
  • S.T.B. Old Mission Theological Seminary
  • B.A. San Luis Rey College

Michael Guinan, OFM, a Franciscan priest (ordained in 1964), received his Ph.D. (Semitic Languages & Literatures) from the Catholic University of America in 1972. After teaching more than 40 years at the Franciscan School of Theology (FST) in Berkeley, CA, he is now Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Semitic Languages [Hebrew and Aramaic], and Biblical Spirituality.

When FST moved to its new campus at Old Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, CA, in 2013, he moved down with the school. Though retired, he still teaches occasional courses for FST, for the Old Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center, and for the San Diego Diocesan Institute. In addition to FST, he has taught at St. Bonaventure University, NY; St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, CA; and Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary in Manila, Philippines.

He has published a number of books, pamphlets, and commentaries in publications such as The New Jerome Biblical Commentary, The Collegeville Bible Commentary series, and The Message of Biblical Spirituality series. He has contributed articles to the Anchor Bible Dictionary and the New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible as well as to the popular Catholic Update series.  In addition to these writings, he has recorded 10 audio courses, covering different parts of the Old Testament, for NowYouKnowMedia (

Selected Course Descriptions

Prophets of the Old Testament
A survey of prophets in the OT proceeding along two axes: 1)an historical overview focusing on the”great” prophets of the 8th/7th/6th centuries; and 2)a thematic overview focusing on how the prophets spoke to their present and to the future.

Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
A survey of the wisdom material of the Old Testament, seeing it as an attitude, a movement, and a literature. Wisdom theology is seen within the context of the Old Testament as well as of our modern theological and pastoral situation.

The Psalms
A presentation on the basic approaches to the psalms, their language and literary and forms. A look at psalms and Old Testament theology, worship, canon and prayer.

Now You Know Media Lecture Programs by Michael Guinan