Director, Graduate Theology Program; Associate Professor of Theology
B.A., University of San Francisco, M.A., Graduate Theological Union; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
A Catholic University of Distinction
2020 East Maple StreetNorth Canton
Dr. Chris Seeman was born and raised in California and could never have imagined living anywhere else until he came to the Midwest to teach in 2004. Since then, he and his wife, Gen, and their son, Getty, have come to love the more relaxed pace of life and vibrant sense of community they've found in Iowa, Missouri, and now Ohio. On April 7, 2012, he was received into the Church during the Easter vigil mass at St. Paul's parish in North Canton—the culmination of a 26-year spiritual journey he began as a freshman at a Catholic university. "It's good to be home at last," Seeman says.
Seeman teaches all the Scripture courses (Old and New Testament) at Walsh. This is a real delight for him because there's nothing he'd rather be doing than reading, thinking, and sharing his thoughts about the Bible. Sacred Scripture, read in its historical context and interpreted through the living tradition of the Church, grounds and informs everything he does. The Bible is far more interesting than most people have been led to believe. His mission as an educator is to help others navigate this undiscovered country—to challenge the complacent, enthrall the uninterested, and reinvigorate the exhausted.
Seeman studies the Second Temple period of Jewish history (539 BC – 70 AD), which is the cultural and theological matrix that gave birth to Christianity. A major factor that shaped this era was imperial power, successively exercised by Persian, Macedonian and Roman regimes. He wants to discover how Jews (including the early followers of Jesus) experienced and responded to such power. He is especially interested in literature of the Hasmonean (141-63 BC) and Flavian (70-96 AD) eras, including 1 Maccabees, the Gospel according to Mark, and the writings of Josephus.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications:
- 2013—Rome and Judea in Transition: Hasmonean Relations with the Roman Republic and the Evolution of the High Priesthood. (American University Studies Series VII, Theology and Religion vol. 325) New York: Peter Lang.
- 2017—[with Paul Spilsbury] Flavius Josephus: Translation and Commentary, Judean Antiquities 11. Leiden: Brill.
- 2011—“Enter the Dragon: Mordecai as Agonistic Combatant in Greek Esther” Biblical Theology Bulletin 41/1: 3-15.
- 2009—“‘A House of Prayer for all the Nations’: Jesus’ Temple Saying, Mark’s Gospel, and the Jewish War” Journal of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies 2/1.
2016—in Handbook of Biblical Social Values 3rd ed. (eds. J. J. Pilch and B. J. Malina; Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock).
“Envy” [with Bruce Malina; pp. 51-54]
“Prominence” [pp. 143-146]
“Zeal/Jealousy” [pp. 180-182]
2014—“Trading Places: Luke’s Big Omission and Acts 10” in Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote (ed. M. Chaney et al.; Sheffield: Phoenix), 155-165.
2014—“The Watchers Traditions and Gen 6:1-4 (MT and LXX)” in The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions (ed. A. K. Harkins et al.; Philadelphia: Fortress), pp. 25-38.
2012—“Jewish History from Alexander to Pompey” in Early Judaism: A Comprehensive Overview (ed. J. J. Collins and D. C. Harlow; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans), pp. 30-48. [reprint of 2010 DEJ essay]
2012—“Josephus” in The Lexham Bible Dictionary (ed. J. D. Barry; Bellingham: Logos).
- 2012—in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (ed. R. Bagnall et al.; Oxford: Blackwell).
“Ben Sira, Book of”
“Jubilees, Book of”
“Judith, Book of”
“Tobit, Book of”
“Wisdom, Book of”
- 2010—in The Eerdmans Dictionary of Early Judaism (ed. J. J. Collins and D. C. Harlow; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans). “Jewish History from Alexander to Pompey” [pp. 25-55] “Phoenicia” [pp. 1082-1085
- 2000—“Judea” in Dictionary of New Testament Background (ed. C. A. Evans and S. E. Porter; Downers Grove: Intervarsity), pp. 616-624.
He is an active participant in Walsh for Justice and Peace, a network of faculty, staff and students dedicated to cultivating a campus culture that lives out the demands of the Gospel. He also serves on the recently formed Diversity, Inclusion and Intercultural Competency Task Force. He regularly collaborates on initiatives spearheaded by Campus Ministry and by his own parish. In the wider community, he is an organizer of Jewish-Christian-Muslim dialogue. As a Christian and a patriot, there is nothing more urgent to Seeman than eradicating Antisemitism and Islamophobia from America.