Rev. Michael Ufok Udoekpo

Rev. Michael Ufok Udoekpo (2011)
S.T.D., Angelicum University, Rome
M.A., St. John’s University (New York)
Hebrew Certificate, Hartman Institute, Israel
B.Ph. Urban University Rome
S.T.B. Urban University Rome

Dissertation: “Re-Thinking the Day of YHWH and Restoration of Fortunes in the Prophet Zephaniah: an Exegetical and Theological Study of 1; 14-18; 3:14-20.”

Thesis: “John 4:4-42: A Postcolonial Interpretation of the Discourse with the Samaritan Women: A Theological Implication in an African Context.”

Special Interests: Biblical Studies: OT Exegesis: Prophetic Literature, particularly Late-pre-exilic Prophets, Deuteronomic History, Biblical Hebrew and Greek, Syriach Literature and Aramaic Targum Fourth Gospel, Ecumenism/Cultural and Religious Dialogues

Publications:

  • Udoekpo, Michael Ufok, “Welcoming “the Weak” and “the Strong” into the Church –Family in Africa: Perspectives from Romans 14:1-15:13.” In The Mustard Seed, Catholic Institute of West Africa Publications, 15 edition, vol. 2., (2019), pp.4-7.
  • Udoekpo, Michael Ufok, “Blessing (brk) and Curses(‘rr): Reading Canaan’s Curses in Gen 9:18-27 in Light of African Values,” in Acts of the Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN), Vol 11, edited by Ukwuegbu Bernard, and co., Port Harcourt, Nigeria: CABAN Publications, 2019, 1-18.
  • Rethinking The Prophetic Critique of Worship in Amos 5 For Contemporary Nigeria and the USA. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2017.
  • “Zephaniah, Book of, Critical Issues,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, Lexham Press, 2015.
  • “Nahum, Book of, Critical Issues,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, Lexham Press, 2015
  • “Theological Functions of “Seek the Lord” (bᾱqqaš ʾădōnᾱy) in Zephaniah 2:1-3, for Contemporary Society,” Winter, 2015: Volume 6 Number 2 of International Journal of African Catholicism, pp.77-91.
  • “Biblical Reflections on the Identity of the Catholic Priesthood Today: Essay in Honor of An African Bishop.”IJAC, volume 6, No. 1, summer, 2014.
  • “Habakkuk’s Faith and God’s Sovereignty: A Paradigm for the Suffering righteous Today.” in American Journal of Biblical Theology, volume 15, No.36, 2014.
  • “Nahum Book of, Critical Issues in Lexham Bible Dictionary, forthcoming.
  • “Zephaniah, Book of, Critical Issues,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, forthcoming.
  • “Joel, Book of, Critical Issues,” in Lexham Bible Dictionary, forthcoming.
  • “The Sovereignty of God in Habakkuk: Its Significance for Today.” Forthcoming Testamentum Imperium, 2014.
  • “Prophet Zephaniah and the Deepening of Faith in Ecclesia (churches) in Africa and America,” in International Journal of African Catholicism(IJAC), vol.4/2, (2013), pp.25-51.
  • Paul’s Theology of the Church as the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27): Its Missionary Implications for the Church in (Africa) Nigeria” the International Journal of African Catholicism 4:1 (2013).
  • Re-thinking the Day of YHWH and Restoration of Fortunes in the Prophet Zephaniah: An Exegetical and Theological Study of 1:14-18; 3:14-20. Das Alte Testament im Dialogue= an Outline OT Dialogue Vol 2.Bern: Peter Lang, 2010. (Reviewed in: Old Testament Abstracts, Vol. 34 :2011 ; Theological Book Review, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2011 Estudios Biblicos, Volumen LXIX, 2011 Cuaderno 3, pp.354-355)
  • “Liturgy as the Primary Role of the Priest,” in Reconciliation and Renewal of Services in the Church, Lineamenta of the Synop of Ikot Ekpene Diocese , Nigeria , 2002.
  • “New Evangelization” in the Lineamenta of the Synop of Ikot Ekpene Diocese, 2002.
  • The Limits of a Divided Nation. Enugu , Nigeria ; Snaap Press, 1999.
  • Family Functions and Children Education in Modern Society . Pathom Graphic, Ikot Ekpene , Nigeria , 1997.
  • Corruption in Nigerian Culture: The Liberating Mission of the Church. Enugu , Nigeria : Snaap Press, 1994.
  • “Psalm 126 and the Prophecy of Zephaniah: A Comparative Study.” (Upcoming – Catholic Biblical Quarterly.)
  • “Seek the Lord (bagaš ‘ adonay) in the Prophet Zephaniah 2:1-3: Towards an Hermeneutics of Faith.” (In progress.)
  • Blog: Sharing the Word of God

Book reviews:

  • Review of Michael S. Moore, What Is This Babbler Trying to Say? Essay On Biblical Interpretation (Oregon: Pickwick, 2016). PP. xix+ 348. Paper $ 42.00 in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 79, no. 4 (October 2017), 732-734.
  • Review of Uzukwu, Gesila Nneka. The Unity of Male and Female in Jesus Christ: An Exegetical Study of Galatians 3.28c in Light of Paul’s Theology of Promise (London; New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2015) in Theological Book Review 27:1 (2016) 42-43.
  • Review of Heil, John Paul. 1-3 John: Worship by Loving God and One Another to Live Eternally (Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2015) in Theological Book Review 27:1 (2016) 44-45.
  • Review of Song, Angeline M. G. A Postcolonial Woman’s Encounter with Moses and Miriam (Postcolonialism and Religions; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 79:1 (2017) 129-131.
  • Review of Joseph Blenkinsopp, Abraham: The Story of a Life (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2015.) In the Catholic Biblical Quarterly,Vol. 78. n.3 (July 2016): 526-528.
  • Review of Alan Lenzi and Jonathan stokl  (eds.). Divination, Politics, and Ancient Near Eastern Empires (Ancient Near East Monographs 7; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014). Pp. x + 208. I in The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol. 77. n.4, 2015, pp.787-789.
  • Review of Andrew Chester, Future Hope and the Present Reality. vol 1, Eschatology and Transformation in the Hebrew Bible (WUNT 293; Tubingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012). pp. xvii + 384.$109, in the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, vol.77n.2 (April 2015), 338-339.9.
  • Mark J. Bodd and Lissa M. Wray Beal (eds.), Prophets, Prophecy, and Ancient Israelite Historiography (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2013). Pp. xxii+400. $54.50. CBQ (January, 2014).
  • Forthcoming: Lee Martin McDonald, Formation of the Bible: The Story of the Church’s Canon . Peabody: Hendrickson, 2012. pp. xii+178. Paper. ISBN: 978-1-59856-838-7. Theological Book Review.
  • Ignatius M.C. Obinwa, “I Shall Feed Them with Good Pasture” (Ezek 34:14):  The Shepherd Motif in Ezekiel 34:  Its Theological Import and Socio-political Implications (Forschung Zur Bibel, Band 125; Würzburg:  Verlag, 2012).  Pp. 526. Catholic Biblical Quarterly , vol. 75, No.3 July 2013, pp. 561-63
  • Roberto Martinez, The Question of John the Baptist and Jesus’ Indictment of the Religious Leaders: A Critical Analysis of Luke 7:18-35. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2012. pp. xiii + 231. Paper $27.00.ISBN: 978-0-27768-011-7 (Theological Book Review Vol.25, no. 1. 2013). pp 29-30.
  • Martinez, Roberto. “The Question of John the Baptist and Jesus’ Indictment of the Religious Leasers: A Critical Analysis of Luke 7:18-35.Cambridge: James Clarke & Co, 2012. pp. xiii + 231. Paper $27.00.ISBN: 978-0-27768-011-7 (Forthcoming in the Theology Book Review).
  • Obinwa, Ignatius M.C. “I Shall Feed Them with Good Pasture” (Ezek 34:14): The Shepherd Motif in Ezekiel 34: Its Theological Import and Socio-political Implications (Forshung Zur Bibel, Band 125; Wüzburg: Verlag, 2012). Pp. 526. Paper 30 Euro. (Forthcoming in July Catholic Biblical Quarterly).
  • Walter Brueggemann, David and His Theologian: Literary, Social, and Theological Investigation of the Early Monarchy (Eugene, Ore: Cascade, 2011). The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Vol. 75, No.1, January 2013, 112-114.
  • Ruiz, Jean-PierreReadings From the Edges: The Bible & People on the Move . (Studies in Latino/Catholicism; Maryknoll , New York : Orbis Books, 2011). Pp. xii + 185. Paper $28.00. ISBN: 978-1-57075-944-4, Theological Book Review, vol 24. 1, 2012.
  • Ignatius M.C. Obinwa, “I Shall Feed Them with Good Pasture” (Ezek 34:14):  The Shepherd Motif in Ezekiel 34: Its Theological Import and Socio-political Implications (Forschung Zur Bibel, Band 125; Würzburg:  Verlag, 2012) in Catholic Biblical Quarterly 75:3 (2013) 561-563.
  • Roberto Martinez, The Question of John the Baptist and Jesus’ Indictment of the Religious Leaders: A Critical Analysis of Luke 7:18-35. (Cambridge : James Clarke & Co, 2012) in Theological Book Review 25:1 (2013), 29-30.
  • Review of Mcdonald, Lee Martin, Formation of the Bible: the Story of the Church’s Canon, in Theological Book Review Vol. 25, n.2,( Autumn 2013), p.9.
  • Review of Lundbom, Jack R. Jeremiah among the Prophets, in Theological Book Review vol. 25, n.2 (Autumn 2013), 19-20.

Papers presented:

  • “May the Lord Put His Spirit (r??ô) Upon Them (Num 11:25-29b): Reading Moses’ Prayer for the Nigerian Contemporary Situation.” A paper presented at the 10th Annual Catholic biblical Association of Nigeria(CABAN) Held in Calabar ,24-27 October, 2017 with the theme “the Holy Spirit and Charisms in the Bible.”
  • “Israel’s Prophets and Prophetic Effect of Pope Francis” at the 80th International Conference of the Catholic Biblical Association Conference, August 5-8, 2017, at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC.
  •  “Hamōn Širȋm and Worship: Prophetic Critique of Amos 5.” Paper Presented at the 79th International Catholic Biblical Association Conference Held at the Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California on August 6-9, 2016.
  • Psalm 126 and the Prophecy of Zephaniah: A Comparative Study,” at the 75 th International Conference/meeting of Catholic Biblical Association held at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, July 28-31 st , 2012.
  • “The Theological Functions of ‘Seek the Lord’ (baqqaš ‘adonay) in Zephaniah 2:1-3: Towards an Hermeneutics of Faith“ At the 76 th International Conference/meeting of Catholic Biblical Association held at Gonzaga University Spokane, WA, August 3-6 2013.
  • “The Theological Functions of “Seek the Lord” in Zephaniah 2:1-3: Towards an Hermeneutics of Faith.” Upcoming at the 76th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, at Gonzaga University
    in Spokane, WA, August 3-6, 2013.
  • “Psalm 126 and the Prophecy of Zephaniah: A Comparative Study.” 75 th International Conference/meeting of Catholic Biblical Association held at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend , Indiana , July 28-31 st , 2012.
  • “Connecting Zephaniah with my Faith Community: a pastoral reading of Re-thinking the Day of YHWH (Lord) and restoration of Fortunes in the Prophet Zephaniah,” at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Holbrook, New York, February 13, 2011.
  • Doctoral Seminar Paper, “ The Cult Criticism of Amos: An Exegesis of 5:21-27” at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC , 2008.
  • Doctoral Seminar Paper, “’The place YHWH will Choose’ as his own: an Exegesis of Deut 12:13-19,” at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, 2008.
  • Doctoral Seminar Paper, “The empty Tomb of Jesus: an audience-oriented Exegesis of Mathew 28:1-10,” at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, April 10, 2007.
  • Doctoral Seminary Paper, “YHWH Alone” Early Prophetic Claims of YHWH’s Exclusivity” at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC,  2007.
  • Doctoral Seminar Paper “The Coming of the Son of Man (Luke 17:20-37)” at the Catholic University of America , Washington DC , November 30, 2006.

Awards:

  • Angelicum- Berrie Fellow Award for Ecumenism and Interreligious Study, Rome (2009/2010)
  • Association of Theological Schools Conference for newly appointed faculty in North America, Chicago, October, 2012
  • Selected for participation in the 2013 Lilly Conference on Theological Research held in Pittsburgh (February, 2013)

Memberships:

  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association of America
  • College Theology Society
  • Society of Biblical Scholars
  • Associate Editor/Reviewer for International Journal of African Catholicism (IJAC), Saint Leo University (2012 to present)
  • Catholic Biblical Association of Nigeria (CABAN)

Books available for purchase HERE.

Contact: (414) 529-6965
mudoekpo@shsst.edu