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Jean-François Racine, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of New Testament

B.Th., M.A. Université Laval;
Ph.D., Theological/Biblical Studies (New Testament), University of St. Michael's College
Phone: (510) 549-5030
Office Hours: By appointment, Room 212


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About the Professor

Jean-François Racine received his Ph.D. in New Testament studies in 2000 from the University of St. Michael's College, one of the theological colleges which make Toronto School of Theology. While still a doctoral student, he became assistant professor of religious studies at Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. He remained there for four years before moving to the Jesuit School of Theology. While in Chicoutimi, Racine taught biblical studies, patristics, and systematic theology. This gave him the opportunity to revisit his earlier training in theology, done at Université Laval, Québec. It also afforded him the opportunity to better perceive the connections among several theological disciplines.

During these years, Racine came to realize that we do not learn theology as if it were a body of knowledge that we need to appropriate ourselves. Rather, theology is something that needs to be done, an ongoing task which never ends. New theological questions emerge which need new theological answers. This has been the case from the beginning. Old answers are insufficient to answer new questions. The people of our world expect from us "ministers and scholars" a capacity to theologically reflect on our world.

Yet, Racine's teaching focuses on ancient texts from the 1st and 2nd century of our era. He envisions his courses as being foundational for the Christian faith, as having a capacity to show us some directions, to challenge us with their questions, and to accept being questioned from all angles. They exemplify all sorts of theological discourses, some of them colliding with each other. They bear a great variety of theological questions asked by the Jewish people over several centuries and include a great variety of answers to these questions.

Racine has been teaching courses on Paul's letters, the synoptic Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles for more than fifteen years in Trois-Rivières, Chicoutimi, Edmonton, Berkeley, and Cyberspace. He has taught them in French and in English. He notes that while he always teaches on the same topics, this never leads to teaching exactly the same courses. Each year, he gets some of the furniture of his theological house rearranged while reading and discussing these foundational texts and hopes to be able to keep it this way till the end of his career.

Courses Recently Offered

BS 2008: Intermediate Greek I
BS 2009: Intermediate Greek II
NTHM 2246: Exegeting Luke for Preaching (with Lizette Larson-Miller, Ph.D.)
NTHM 2255: Exegeting Matthew for Preaching (with Lizette Larson-Miller, Ph.D.)
NTHM 2263: Exegeting Mark for Preaching
NT 2523: Paul's Letters-Context & Theology
NT 2530: Methods: Study of the Synoptics
NT 3720-01: War and Peace in the New Testament, as faculty supervisor
NT 4495: Luke-Acts: Narrative Perspective
NT 5468: New Testament Textual Criticism
NT 5700: Greek Manuscripts of the New Testament
NT 8200: Methods: Study of the Synoptics
NT 8270: Paul's Letters: Context and Theology

Recent Publications

  • “The Edition of the Greek New Testament: A Plea and a Challenge,” in Studies on the Text of the New Testament and Early Christianity. Essays in Honor of Michael W. Holmes. Eds. Daniel M. Gurtner, Juan Hernández, jr., and Paul Foster. New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents, no. 50. Leiden: Brill, 82-97. 2015.
  • “Lamp.” In Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software. 2015.
  • With Richard J. Bautch. Beauty and the Bible. Toward a Hermeneutics of Biblical Aesthetics. Semeia Studies, no. 73; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature. 125 pages. 2013.
  • With Thomas C. Geer, Jr. “Analyzing and Categorizing New Testament Greek Manuscripts.” In The Text of the New Testament in Contemporary Research: Essays on the status quaestionis. 2nd ed. Eds. Bart D. EHRMAN, Michael W. HOLMES. New Testament Tools, Studies and Documents, no. 42. Leiden: Brill, 497-518. 2012.
  • “Tarsus.” In Lexham Bible Dictionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software. 2012 with André Gagné. En marge du canon. Études sur les apocryphes juifs et chrétiens. L’Écriture de la Bible, no. 2; Paris: Cerf. 292 pages. 2012.
  • Review of Christopher McMahon's Reading the Gospels: Biblical Interpretation in the Catholic Tradition (Winona, Minn.: Anselm Academic, 2012), appeared online in the Review of Biblical Literature.
  • “Une seconde dose d’Esprit Saint. Contribution d’Ac 4,23-31 à l’intrigue des Actes des Apôtres.” In L’Esprit du Ressuscité. Perspectives lucanienne et néotestamentaire. Mélanges en honneur à Odette Mainville. Eds. André GAGNÉ, Alain GIGNAC, Sylvie PAQUETTE. Sciences bibliques. Montréal: Médiaspaul, 283-302. 2011.