Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Professor of Scripture and Semitic Languages

Tenured Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for Hellenic College and Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, the Reverend Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc devotes the bulk of his time to teaching and research in the areas of Old Testament and Semitic languages and civilizations. He is currently engaged in research on the religious and literary ties of Emar civilization to the Hebrew Bible, as well as the ways the Eastern Orthodox tradition received and interpreted the Old Testament.

Father Eugen has been the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award given by Hellenic College Holy Cross Student Association on separate occasions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009). During his sabbatical of 2009-2010, as a recipient of Fulbright and Lilly Fellowships, he conducted research at the University of Athens and École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. During the summer of 2013, Pentiuc was invited to work at École biblique on the newly international Bible project created and led by this famous Dominican biblical school. The project was entitled "The Bible in Its Traditions" and Fr. Eugen's major contribution was the authoring of a new translation and notes, on the Book of Hosea.

A prolific author, Fr. Eugen has authored numerous books and articles, and is also one of the editors-in-chief of The Orthodox Study Bible: The Old Testament published by Thomas Nelson in 2008. His most recent book, The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition, was published by Oxford University Press in January, 2014.

Father Pentiuc has recently signed a new contract with Oxford University Press for a book tentatively titled Hearing and Seeing the Scripture: The Liturgical Exegesis of the Old Testament in Orthodox Tradition. The proposed book is a florilegium of Orthodox “liturgical exegesis” of the Old Testament. Aural (e.g., hymnography, psalmody, lectionaries, homilies) and visual (e.g., iconography, architecture, liturgical acts) liturgical productions are examined with respect to each book of the extended Old Testament canon, consisting of 39 canonical and 10 anaginoskomena writings. 

Educational Background

  • Licentiate in Theology, Bucharest Orthodox Institute of Theology
  • Élève titulaire de l'École biblique, École biblique et archéologique française
  • M.A., Harvard University
  • Ph.D., Harvard University
  • Th.D., Bucharest University