Rev. John A. O’Brien Professor of Theology
A specialist in the Hebrew scriptures, biblical exegesis, and ancient Near Eastern and biblical law, Gary Knoppers is renowed for his work on I Chronicles. Prior to coming to Notre Dame as the Rev. John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology in 2014, Professor Knoppers was a faculty member at Penn State, serving as the Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from 1996-2006. He previously was president of both the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies and the Biblical Colloquium, and is a member of the editiorial boards for several of the top journals in his field, including the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, Vetus Testamentum, and Studia Samaritana. Professor Knoppers' most recent monograph, Jews and Samaritans: The Origins and History of Their Early Relations (2013) was honored with the 2014 R.B.Y. Scott Award for Outstanding Book in Old Testament and Ancient Near Eastern Studies by the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies—an award he also won in 2005 for his two-volume translation and commentary on I Chronicles.
The O’Brien Professorships were established with a bequest from Rev. John A. O’Brien, a 40-year member of the Notre Dame faculty. A popular Catholic apologist who reached millions of readers, O’Brien was a leader of the Newman Club movement and an early advocate of Church renewal through the Second Vatican Council.