Luke Murray, pursuing joint doctorate for AMU and KU Leuven, publishes multiple articles

Luke Murray, pursuing joint doctorate for AMU and KU Leuven, publishes multiple articles

Luke Murray, Ph.D. candidate in Theology at Ave Maria University, recently published an article in the Journal of Early Modern Christianity (De Gruyter): “Catholic Biblical Studies after Trent: Franciscus Totelus.” His essay is a study of the life and works of Jesuit Franciscus Totelus, introducing readers to a key figure of Catholic biblical studies in the early modern period.

Luke, who is dual-enrolled at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) as a Ph.D. Researcher/Candidate, has also published in The National Catholic Bioethics QuarterlyHomiletic and Pastoral Review, and the Heythrop Journal. 

His essay in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, "Craniotomy versus Lethal Self-Defense” (NCBQ 13.4 (2013):611-616), distinguishes between craniotomy and lethal self defense, studying the concept of the ‘moral object’ and examining modern difficulties to the traditional Thomistic theory.

His essay in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, “Beauty and Biblical Interpretation: Hans Urs Von Balthasar and Modern Biblical Studies,” looked at Balthasar’s concept of beauty and examined how it relates to issues in modern Biblical studies.

Luke has reviewed six books for the Heythrop Journal, including reviews ofShaping Public Theology: Selections from the Writings of Max L Stackhouse, edited by Scott R. Paeth, E. Breitenberg Jr, and Hak Lee; and Ionoclasm from Antiquity to Modernity, by Kristine Kolrud and Marina Prusac. 

He has two forthcoming publications*, one in Augustiniana (Peeters,) and the other in Journal of Jesuit Studies (Brill). The former essay, "The Church Fathers and the Fall of Judas: Grace, Predestination and Free Will Among Early Modern Catholic Biblical Commentaries,” studies John 17:12 and the fall of Judas in prominent early modern Catholic Biblical commentaries (Cornelius a Lapide, Franciscus Toletus, Thomas Stapleton, Gulielmus Estius, Cornelius Jansen ‘of Ghent’), examining their patristic sources and views on Grace, Free will, and Predestination. The latter, “Jesuit Hebrew Studies After Trent: Cornelius a Lapide,” introduces Cornelius a Lapide and examines his position on the Vulgate, its relationship to the Greek and Hebrew texts of Scripture, and his knowledge of the Hebrew language.

Luke is currently finishing a joint doctorate for AMU and KU Leuven entitled “Catholic Biblical Studies after Trent: Franciscus Toletus & Cornelius a Lapide.” He and his wife Katie and their daughter Juliette live in Leuven, Belgium, a small city about 15 minutes outside of Brussels. In his free time, Luke enjoys traveling around Europe and drinking Trappist beer.

*Students interested in accessing any of these publications for their own use may contact Luke Murray privately at