Rev. Jean-Pierre M. Ruiz

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Associate Professor

Theology
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

St. John's University

Jean-Pierre Ruiz, a Past-President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), maintains an active program of research in biblical studies. His particular interests are in the prophetic and apocalyptic literature, and with a special focus on the relevance of the Bible to contemporary concerns. A contributor to the New Oxford Annotated Bible and to the Anselm Academic Study Bible, he is widely recognized as an authority on the Apocalypse of John. As a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow, his research is focused in three areas: the Theology of Human Migration, Hispanic/Latino theology, and ecumenical/interfaith dialogue. Father Ruiz's recent book Readings from the Edges: the Bible and People on the Move (Orbis, 2011) was the recipient of a Catholic Press Association award. Ruiz serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Biblical Literature and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. In addition to his numerous publications, Fr. Ruiz has hosted and co-hosted a number of radio and television programs, including Bill Moyers' series, Genesis: A Living Conversation.

Academic Background

  • S.T.D. Biblical Studies, Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, Italy

Research Interests

  • Theology of Human Migration
  • Hispanic/Latino theology and ecumenical/interfaith dialogue.

Affiliation with the Center

Senior Vincentian Research Fellow,
Class of 2005

"Being a Vincentian Research Fellow has convinced me that our University's Mission Statement is more than just words on paper. Working with faculty colleagues whose teaching and scholarship in so many different disciplines is marked by our Vincentian commitment to embody the Church's teaching on social justice energizes my own current research on theological approaches to migration and stretches my imagination as a biblical scholar."

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)