Joseph C. Atkinson

Joseph C. Atkinson

Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture

S.T.L. & S.T.D. Program Advisor
B.A., English, Kings College
B.Ed., Acadia University
B.Th., McGill University
M.Div., Montreal Diocesan Theological College
S.T.L., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.
S.T.D., Pontifical John Paul II Institute, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Atkinson’s work has included foundational research in developing the Biblical and theological foundation of the family. He is a primary authority on the concept of the Domestic Church, which explores the ecclesial structure and meaning of the family. The Domestic Church is an ancient idea that has achieved critical prominence since Vatican II. He teaches on the Biblical structure and meaning of marriage and the family, on the Jewish background of the family, on the nature and role of covenant, and on hermeneutics and the role of symbol. He has produced a 13-part series with EWTN on the Domestic Church and has authored numerous articles on Scriptural exegesis and the biblical vision of the family including “Ratzinger’s ‘Crisis in Biblical Interpretation’: 20th Anniversary Assessment,” “Nuptiality as a Paradigmatic Structure of Biblical Revelation,” and  “Paternity in Crisis: Biblical and Philosophical Roots of Fatherhood,” and presented the research report, “Primordial Biblical Triptych: The Symbolic Structure of Water in the OT,” at the Catholic Biblical Association.  His work also includes “The Revelation of Love in the Song of Songs” in The Way of Love (Ignatius Press) and “Family as Domestic Church: Developmental Trajectory, Legitimacy and Problems of Appropriation” (Theological Studies). His book The Biblical and Theological Foundations of the Family:  The Domestic Church is published by CUA Press.  He is founder of the Theology of the Family Project which promotes the recovery of the Biblical vision of marriage and family. He serves as the Executive Director of the Catholic Biblical Association.

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  • “The Scriptural Foundations for Humanae Vitae” in Humanae Vitae: 50 Years of Prophetic Witness, ed. Janet Smith  (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 2018).
  • “Let Man Not Separate” in Inseparable: Five Perspectives on Sex, Life, and Love in Defense of Humanae Vitae (San Diego, CA: Catholic Answers Press, 2018).

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