Rev. Joseph G. Mueller, S.J., S.T.D.
Associate Professor, Assistant Department Chair and Director of Graduate Students

Joseph G. Mueller, S.J. (S.T.D., Centre Sèvres, Paris, 2005), [Systematics/Ethics], specializes in ecclesiology and early Christian theology, especially the Church order literature of the first five centuries and its Old Testament exegesis. His book, L'Ancien Testament dans l'ecclésiologie des Pères: Une lecture des Constitutions apostoliques, was published by Brepols in February 2005. Recent articles engage the following topics: re-evaluation of alleged evidence for post-baptismal anointing in the second-century Christian East (Journal of Theological Studies, 2006), Yves Congar's theory of Church reform (Communio, 2007), and an examination of aspects of John Paul II's style of magisterium (in Pope John Paul II on the Body, Human, Eucharitic, Ecclesial: Festschrift Avery Cardinal Dulles [Philadelphia: St. Joseph's University Press, 2007]). His study on the ancient Church order tradition appeared in the Journal of Early Christian Studies in 2007. His article on forgetting as a principle of continuity in tradition appeared in Theological Studies in December 2009.  His study of the history of the Christian interpretation of Proverbs 24:21-22 appeared in Arabic in the June 2010 number of the Lebanese journal Al-Machriq. A study on the Jewish roots of ancient episcopal election has just appeared in Studia patristica, vol. XLV.  His study of Benedict XVI’s recent book on Jesus is in press.  He is currently finishing a study on the Jewish origins of one of Tyconius’ exegetical rules, and he plans on using his 2011 sabbatical year to begin work on a book-length expansion of his article on the ancient Church order tradition.  Since 2008 he has worked as a member of the team representing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on the Faith and Order Commission of the National Council of Churches of Christ.

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