Michael Guinan, OFM - Franciscan School of Theology

Michael Guinan, OFM

  • Professor Emeritus of Old Testament
  • Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages



  • PhD Catholic University of America
  • STB Old Mission Theological Seminary
  • BA San Luis Rey College

Fr. Michael Guinan, OFM, received his PhD in Semitic Languages & Literatures from the Catholic University of America in 1972. After teaching more than 40 years at the Franciscan School of Theology he is now Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Semitic Languages and Biblical Spirituality.

In addition, Father Mike has taught at St. Bonaventure University (New York); St. Patrick’s Seminary (California); and Our Lady of the Angels Franciscan Seminary (Manila, Philippines).

He has published numerous books, commentaries, and articles, as well as recording ten audio courses on Old Testament topics for Now You Know Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).


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.

Select Publications


Eschatology of James (Jacob) of Serug: A Study in Syriac Patristic Theology, completed March 1972. Committee: director: Patrick W. Skehan; readers: Alexander A. DiLella, OFM, Richard Frank.


The Book of Job (Collegeville Bible Commentary OT 19; Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1986.) Italian translation: Giobbe (La Bibbia per Tutti 19; Brescia, Editrice Queriniana, 1997).

The Pentateuch (Message of Biblical Spirituality 1; Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1990) [reprinted, Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2003].

Being Human Before God. Insights from Biblical Spirituality (Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1994) [Reprinted, Phoenix, AZ: Tau Publishing, 2012]. Chinese translation: Catholic Truth Society of Hong Kong, 1998.

The Franciscan Vision and the Gospel of John (Franciscan Heritage Series 4; CFIT/ESC-OFM; St. Bonaventure, NY: Franciscan Institute Press, 2006)


“Instruction for Life: The Morality of the Pentateuch,” The Bible Today 31 #5 (Sept. 1993) 260-64.

“Images of God in the Wisdom Literature,” The Bible Today 38/4 (July/Aug. 2000) 223-27.

“Aramaic, Aramaism,” The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible. Vol. 1 (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2008) 226-230.

Audio Courses

Ten audio courses on Old Testament topics for Now You Know Media