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Rev. Eugen J. Pentiuc

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

LicTh, ThD, University of Bucharest
Élève titulaire, École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem
MA, PhD, Harvard University


Eugen J. Pentiuc joined Holy Cross in 1998 and became tenured professor of Old Testament and Hebrew in May 2009. He 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 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.

Pentiuc has been the recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award, given by Hellenic College Holy Cross Student Association, for four years (2005-2007, 2009). During his sabbatical of 2009-2010, Pentiuc, a recipient of Fulbright and Lilly Fellowships, 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 in Jerusalem on the newly international Bible project created and led by this famous biblical school, and entitled “The Bible in Its Traditions.” Pentiuc’s major contribution to this project is a new translation and notes on the Book of Hosea.

Aside from journal articles and public presentations, he authored the following books: The Book of Prophet Hosea: Introduction, Translation and Commentary (in Romanian), Albatros, 2001; West Semitic Vocabulary in the Akkadian Texts from Emar (Harvard Semitic Studies 49), Eisenbrauns, 2001; Long-Suffering Love: A Commentary on Hosea with Patristic Annotations, Holy Cross Press, 2002, 2005; Fear of Real (in Romanian), Cartea Romaneasca, 2003; Jesus the Messiah in the Hebrew Bible, Paulist Press, 2006. He is also one of the editors-in-chief of The Orthodox Study Bible: The Old Testament, Nelson Press, 2008. His most recent book The Old Testament in Eastern Orthodox Tradition was published by Oxford University Press (January 9, 2014).

Pentiuc has 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. 


Curriculum Vitae PDF pdf


  • Introduction to the Old Testament

  • Old Testament Exegesis

  • Biblical Heritage 1 & 2

  • Introduction to Great Religious Ideas

  • The Book of Genesis

  • The Book of Exodus

  • The Book of Hosea

  • Christ in the Old Testament

  • The Old Testament Prophets

  • Preaching the Old Testament

  • The Septuagint

  • Biblical Hebrew

  • Syriac

Eugen Pentiuc

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Telephone: 617.850.1543
Website: pentiuc.com