Dr. Olivier-Thomas Venard

Dr. Olivier-Thomas Venard

General informations

Born on 21 November 1967 in Pabu (France, 22),


– French (read, written, spoken)
– English (read, written, spoken)
– German (read)

– Greek
– Hebrew
– Aramaic
– Biblical Latin


Executive Director of the Research Program The Bible in its Traditions,
AISBL – PRAG at the University of Strasbourg seconded to the School,
Member of the Scientific Council of the French Research Center (CNRS) in Jerusalem,
Member of the Scientific Council of the École biblique et archéologique de Jérusalem,
Consultant of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Research Areas
Gospel according to St. Matthew – New Testament as Jewish Second Temple Literature
Thomas Aquinas – Ancient Exegeses – Systematic Theology of the Scriptures.
Modern and Contemporary French Poetry – Theology and Literature – Theology of Language and Culture – Literary Approaches to Scripture.
Political Theology in the Contemporary Holy Land

Academic degrees

1989-1994: student of the École Normale Supérieure of Fontenay-Saint Cloud
1991: associate professor of Modern Letters
1998: Doctor of Arts of the University of Sorbonne-Paris IV
2002: Bachelor’s degree in Holy Scripture
2006: Doctor of Theology
2005- …: member of the team of seven ÉBAF faculty members integrated into the Laboratory of Semitic Studies (LESA), Collège de France-CNRS, under the scientific project The Bible in its Traditions.
2007 – …: extraordinary professor at the École biblique et archéologique de Jérusalem.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

In French:

Support one another: eight conversations about Paul (ed.), In collaboration with some fifteen speakers (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, Parole et Silence, 2017)

The Passion according to St. Matthew (ed.), In collaboration with some sixty researchers (Leuwen: Peeters)

Horror and splendour: history and meaning of the Crucifixion (Paris: The Belles Lettres, Speech and Silence, Artège, Domuni Press)

In English:

Beautiful is the Word: Performing Literature and Theology, a 650-page reader from O.T. Venard’s French Theological Trilogy, trans. Kenneth Oakes and Francesca Aran Murphy (Bloomsbury, 2018).