John R. Barker, OFM

Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

Chair of Biblical Literature and Languag



MDiv/MA, Catholic Theological Union

PhD, Boston College


Br. John is a Franciscan friar with the Province of Saint John the Baptist (Cincinnati). He has served on the faculty of CTU since 2012. His main areas of biblical research relate to the formation and function of biblical texts, particularly the prophetic literature, and biblical theology. This includes such approaches as rhetorical criticism, the history of the interpretation and reception of biblical texts, and the Bible in the Church and culture.


Br. John is the book reviewer for the Old Testament and related topics for The Bible Today. He contributes regularly to pastoral publications such as Weekday Homily Helps and Emmanuel Magazine, and he gives biblically-related lectures, presentations, and retreats throughout the US. He is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (CBA) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).


Disputed Temple: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Book of Haggai (Fortress, 2017)


“Haggai,” The Bible Today 53.6 (2015)


“The Garden as a Place of Beginnings,” The Bible Today 53.3 (2015)


“The Book of Haggai and the Rebuilding of the Temple in the Early Persian Period,” New Theology Review 26.2 (2014)