David Lyle Jeffrey has been Distinguished Professor of Literature and Humanities at Baylor University since 2000. He is also Professor Emeritus of English Literature at the University of Ottawa, and has been Guest Professor at Peking University (Beijing) since 1996 and Honorary Professor at the University of International Business and Economics (Beijing) since 2005.
Dr. Jeffrey is known as a medievalist and as a scholar of biblical tradition in Western Literature and art. His current project, Arts of the Holy, is concerned with the long experiment in Christendom to apportion beauty to worship, and art to the development of doctrine. Part 1 explores some signal moments in the formation of purpose in responding to the injunction to “worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” (Ps. 27:2; 96:9); Part 2 explores the semiotics of the Reformation and early modern turn away from holiness and transcendence to self-reference and its justification(s), but concludes by considering some intriguing late modern artistic efforts at a recovery of beauty for the sake of the Holy.
His books include A Dictionary of Biblical Tradition in English Literature (1992), The Early English Lyric and Franciscan Spirituality (1975); Chaucer and Scriptural Tradition (1984); English Spirituality in the Age of Wesley (1987; 1994; 2000); The Law of Love: English Spirituality in the Age of Wyclif (1988; 2001); People of the Book: Christian Identity and Literary Culture (1996); Houses of the Interpreter: Reading Scripture, Reading Culture (2003). He has edited William Cowper: Selected Poetry and Prose (2006) and co-authored The Bible and the University (2007). Most recently he has published Christianity and Literature: Philosophical Foundations and Critical Practice (IVP, 2011), co-authored by Gregory Maillet, The King James Bible and the World it Made (2011) and Luke: a Theological Commentary (2012).
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 and Seminary 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, 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. Fr. Michael is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association.