The Catholic University of America

Rev. Christopher Begg, S.T.D., Ph.D., Ph.B.   
– Ordinary Professor of Biblical Studies
– The Katharine Drexel Chair in Religious Studies




Christopher Begg is a native of Washington, D.C.  Dr. Begg was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington on May 14th, 1977. Begg did his studies of theology and the Old Testament at the University of Louvain, Belgium, where he defended his dissertation for the S.T.D. with an Old Testament concetration in October, 1978. Since the fall of 1982, he has been teaching at what is now the School of Theology and Religious Studies at Catholic University. In the years 1998 - 2003 he served as a member of the International Theological Commission. His particular research interests are the Historical Books of the Old Testament and Josephus' rewriting of the bibilical text.


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Contact Information

Phone: 202-319-6512
Fax: 202-319-5704

Areas of Expertise

  • Old Testament

  • Deuteronomistic History

  • Chronistic History

  • Josephus

Latest Publications

“Judges 17-18 as Retold in the Biblical Antiquities of the pseudo-Philo: What Might It Tell Us About his Approach to the Bible?”, in E. Tigchelaar (ed.), Old Testament Pseudepigrapha and the Scriptures (Beth 270; Louven/Paris/Walpole, MA: Peeters, 2014) 173-182

“Yom Kippur in Josephus," The Dax Of Attonement. It's Interpretations in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions (Themes in Biblical Narrative: Jewish and Christian Traditions, 15th ed. Thomas Ieke and Tobias Nicklas; Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012) 97-120

“The Blessing of Isaac according to Josephus and Jubilees,” Revista Catalana de Teologia 35 (2010 [appeared 2011]) 89-102


TRS 200 Introduction to the New Testament (undergraduate)

TRS 501 Theological German

TRS 504A Introduction to the Old Testament (graduate)

TRS 602 The Psalms

TRS 603 Prophecy in Israel

TRS 703A Three Covenants of Israel

TRS 704 Apocalyptic Literature

TRS 802A The Deuteronomistic History (doctoral seminar)

TRS 802B The Chronistic History (doctoral seminar)



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