Franciscan School of Theology

Michael D. 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

“I see the study of the Old Testament in its own time and place as providing the important basis for appreciating both its use in the New Testament and its spiritual relevance to our lives today.”

If it is true that “The past is a foreign country”, then Michael is our ambassador to that far-off land. An international scholar of the ancient languages in which our sacred texts originated, he makes scripture come to life in his five books and for the students in his over 25 years of teaching at FST. Besides teaching for ten summers at the Franciscan seminary in the Philippines, he is involved in local parish ministry, shares in adult education and gives retreats. Also an opera critic of some standing, he puts his love of scripture and music at the service of the ordinary person.

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.

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