Santa Clara University

Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
Phone: (408) 554-1909

Catherine M. Murphy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Murphy was born and raised in San Mateo, California. She received her B.A. in history from Santa Clara University (1983), and earned a M.A. in catechetics from the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara (1987). During her M.A. studies, she worked in local high schools, first as a director of resident activities at San Domenico Upper School in San Anselmo and then as a religous studies teacher at St. Francis High School in Mountain View. She received her Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Notre Dame in 1999. She joined the faculty at Santa Clara in 1998.

Dr. Murphy's research focuses on the economic context of Second Temple and New Testament texts and the impact of that context visible in the surviving literature. Her dissertation, subsequently expanded and published as Wealth in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Qumran Community (2002), explored the economic practices of the Dead Sea Scrolls community, and how those practices grew out of perceived injustices and influenced the community's interpretation of biblical ideals. She is also author of John the Baptist: Prophets of Purity for a New Age (2003). She is currently exploring various New Testament texts that advocate a similar vision of a new economy, such as the love command in the Synoptic Gospels and the beatitudes and judgment scene in the Gospel of Matthew.

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