Curriculum Vitae

BRECK, John Robert (Archpriest)

ACADEMIC:

  • University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, degree of Doctor honoris causa (Dr. h.c.), Nov. 2003.
  • St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, France, Habilitation: post-doctoral study, 1973-1975.
  • Ruprecht-Karl Universität, Heidelberg, Germany, Doktor Theologie (Dr. Theol.), 1972.
  • Yale Divinity School, Master of Divinity (M. Div.), 1965; “Two Brothers Fellowship” award for doctoral studies abroad.
  • Brown University, Bachelor of Arts (B. A.), 1960; High Honors in Religious Studies; ”Francis Wayland Scholar” award.

JURISDICTIONAL AFFILIATION: The Orthodox Church in America

POST-DOCTORAL PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY

  • 2011- :  Professor Emeritus, St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France.
  • 1995 – 2011:  Professor of Patristic Exegesis and Bioethics, St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France.  Director, St Silouan Retreat, Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina (until 2008).
  • 1984-1996: Professor of New Testament and Ethics, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York.
  • 1978-1984: Professor of New Testament, Director of Studies, Director of Correspondence Courses, St Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute, Paris, France.
  • 1975-1978: Professor of New Testament and Patristics, St Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska.
  • 1972-1975: Director of continuing education program for pastors of the Swiss Reformed Church, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

PUBLICATIONS

Books:

  • The Power of the Word. An Introduction to Orthodox Hermeneutics
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1986).  French translation: La Puissance
    de la Parole, Paris: Éditions du Cerf (1996); Romanian translation: Puterea Cuvântului în Biserica dreptmaritoare, Bucharest: Editura Institutului Biblic (1999).
  • Spirit of Truth. The Origins of Johannine Pneumatology
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1991).
  • The Shape of Biblical Language. Chiasmus in the Scriptures and Beyond
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1994).  Russian translation published 2006; Romanian tr.: Cum citim Sfânta Scriptura? Despre structura limbajului biblic, Alba Iulia: ed. Reîntregirea (2005).
  • The Sacred Gift of Life. Orthodox Christianity and Bioethics
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1998).  Romanian tr.: Darul Sacru al Vietii
    Cluj-Napoca: Patmos (2001).  Bulgarian tr.: Svescheniyat dar na zhivota, Pokrov-Foundation, “Omophor” (2002).  Russian tr.: Palomnik’, Moscow (2004).  French tr.: Le Don Sacré de la Vie, Paris: Éd. du Cerf (2007).  Also in Arabic.
  • Scripture in Tradition. The Bible and its Interpretation in the Orthodox Church
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (2001).  Romanian tr.: Sfânta Scriptura în Traditia Bisericii, Cluj-Nopoca: Patmos (2003).  French tr.: Écriture dans la Tradition, Paris: Le Cerf, (2012).
  • God With Us. Critical Issues in Christian Life and Faith
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (2003).  Romanian tr.: Unde este Dumnezeu Când avem nevoie de El? Cluj-Napoca: Patmos (2005).
  • Stages on Life’s Way. Orthodox Thinking on Bioethics (with Lyn Breck)
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (2005).  Romanian tr.: Trepte pe Calea Vietii, Bucharest: Editura Sophia (2006).  Greek tr.: Απο τη γεννηση ως τον Θανατο. ΟρθοδοΞες Προσεγγισεις Σε Βιοηθικα διλημματα, Αthens: En Plo (2008).
  • Longing for God. Orthodox Reflections on Bible, Ethics and Liturgy
    New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (2006).  Romanian tr.: Dorul de Dumnezeu. Meditatii Ortodoxe Despre Biblie, Etica si Liturghie, Cluj-Napoca: Patmos (2007).
  • Στα Χερια του Θεου. Κειμενα Πιστης και Ελπιδας
    Athens: En Plo (2009)

Edited:

  • The Legacy of St. Vladimir, New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1990).

Translated  and  Edited:

  • L. Gillet, Serve the Lord With Gladness, New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1990).
  • J-Cl. Larchet, The Theology of Illness, New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press (2002) (with Michael Breck).

Articles:

    • “Theoria and Orthodox Hermeneutics,” St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly [SVTQ], 20/4 (1976), 1-25.
    • “Icons of the Paschal Mystery,” Orthodox Alaska, VII/2 (1978), 1-28.
    • “The True Image,” volume of theological and spiritual verse, private printing (1979).
    • “Icônes du mystère pascal,” Contacts, no. 109, Paris (1980), 52-67.
    • “Exégèse et Interprétation,” Contacts, no. 118, Paris (1982), 126-147.
    • “The Troparion ‘Monogenês’: an Orthodox Confession of Faith,” SVTQ 26/4 (1982), 203-228.
    • “L’image de Dieu, fondement de la diaconie chrétienne,” Service Orthodoxe de Presse [S.O.P.] Supplément no. 73-B, Paris (1982).
    • “Confessions de foi et la célébration liturgique,” Unité Chrétienne, no. 69, Lyon (1983), 61-81.
    • “Exegesis and Interpretation,” SVTQ, 27/2 (1983), 75-92.
    • “Formules liturgiques trinitaires du Nouveau Testament,” in Trinité et Liturgie, Conférences Saint Serge, Rome: Edizioni Liturgiche (1983), 37-50.
    • “Parole et Sacrement,” Parole et Pain, no. 62, Paris (1983), 77-89.
    • “La Bible dans l’Eglise: écoute de la Parole de Dieu et prière,” S.O.P. no. 87, Paris (1984), 18-20.
    • “Biblical Chiasmus: Exploring Structure for Meaning,” Biblical Theology Bulletin,
      XVII/2 (1987), 70-74.
    • “The Relevance of Nicene Christology,” SVTQ, 31/1 (1987), 41-64.
    • “Bio-medical Technology: of the Kingdom or of the Cosmos?” SVTQ, 32/1 (1988), 5-26.
    • “The ‘Problem’ of Chalcedonian Christology,” SVTQ 33/2 (1989), 147-157.
    • “Selective Nontreatment of the Terminally Ill,” SVTQ 33/3 (1989), 261-272.
    • “L’Orthodoxie et la Bible aujourd’hui,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 143A (Dec. 1989).
    • “Orthodoxy and the Bible Today,” in The Legacy of St. Vladimir, New York: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press (1990), 141-157.
    • “The Lord is the Spirit: an Essay in Christological Pneumatology,” The Ecumenical Review, 42/2, (1990), 114-121.
    • “Les Malades au stade terminal de la maladie,” Contacts, no. 149, Paris (1990), 16-30.
    • “L’interprétation orthodoxe de l’Ecriture Sainte,” S.O.P., no. 146, Paris (1990), 30-34.
    • “Genetic Engineering: Setting the Limits,” in Health and Faith, ed. John Chirban; New York: University Press of America (1991), 51-55.
    • “The Function of PAS in I John 2:20,” SVTQ 35/2-3 (1991), 187-206.
    • Introductions and Notes to 3-4 Maccabees, The New Oxford Annotated Bible with Apocrypha, New York: Oxford University Press (1991), Apocrypha pp. 285-299, 341-361.
    • “John 21: Appendix, Epilogue or Conclusion?”, SVTQ 36/1-2 (1992), 27-49.
    • “Child Abuse,” Alive in Christ, 8/1, Diocese of Eastern PA (1992), 17-19.
    • “Divine Initiative: Salvation in Orthodox Theology,” in Salvation in Christ, J. Meyendorff and R. Tobias, eds., Minneapolis: Augusburg (1992), 105-120.
    • “The New Testament Concept of Election,” in Salvation in Christ, ibid. 151-158.
    • “Mary in the New Testament,” Pro Ecclesia 2/4 (1993), 460-472.
    • “To Ease the Dying Process,” in Ethical Dilemmas. Crises in Faith and Modern Medicine, ed. John Chirban, NY: University Press of America (1994), 49-58.
    • “The Face of the Spirit,” Pro Ecclesia 3/2 (1994), 165-178.
    • “Interpréter, en l’Esprit, la Parole de Dieu. Quelques fondements de l’herméneutique orthodoxe,” S.O.P. no. 191, Paris (1994), 30-37.
    • “Prayer of the Heart: Sacrament of the Presence of God,” SVTQ 39/1 (1995), 25-45.
    • “Mary: Mother of Believers, Mother of God,” Pro Ecclesia  4/1 (1995), 105-111.
    • “Procreation and the Beginning of Life,” SVTQ 39/3 (1995), 215-232.  French tr.: S.O.P. no 193 (Dec 1994), 33-37.  Romanian tr.: “Procrearea si Începutul Vietii Umane,” in Bioetica si Taina Persoanei (ed. Tatiana Petrache), Bucharest: Editura Bizantina (2006), 166-174.
    • “Euthanasia and the Quality of Life Debate,” Christian Bioethics 1/3 (1995), 322-337.
    • “Parish Ethics and the Teaching of Jesus,” Saint Nersess Theological Review 1/2 (1996), 223-231.
    • “Presenting Orthodoxy to Protestants,” Orthodox Presence in Great Britain, 1995 Conference of the Diocese of Sourozh, Headington, England (1996), 49-60.
    • “La ‘Vision spirituelle’ dans l’herméneutique orthodoxe,” S.O.P. no. 209, Paris (1996), 32-37.
    • “Technologies biomédicales du Royaume ou du Cosmos?” Contacts , no. 175, Paris (1996), 205-225.
    • “Orthodox Principles of Biblical Interpretation,” SVTQ 40/1-2 (1996), 77-93.
    • “‘The Two Hands of God.’ Christ and the Spirit in Orthodox Theology,” SVTQ 40/4 (1996), 231-246.
    • “Survol du Lieu Bioethique,” Revue de Louvain no. 81 (Sept. 1997), 13-17; also Supplément au S.O.P. no. 222 (Nov. 1997), 1-8; Contacts no. 183, Paris (1998), 256-267; Bioéthique Orthodoxe [revue de l'Association Orthodoxe d'Études Bio-éthiques], Paris: Ed. Libris (1998), 39-59).
    • “Écriture Sainte, Source de Vie,” S.O.P. no. 225 (Feb. 1998), 19-22.
    • “Prier les Écritures. à la recherche d’une lectio divina orthodoxe,” Nouvelles de Saint-Serge, Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe, Paris, France, no. 22 (1998), 4-10.
    • “Bioethical Dilemmas and Orthodoxy,” SVTQ 42/2 (1998), 171-187.  Also in Sourozh. A Journal of Orthodox Life and Thought, (publication of the Russian Patriarchal Diocese of Western Europe), no. 71 (1998), 1-12; “Βιοηθικα διλημματα και Ορθοδοξια,” in Συναξη vol. 68 (Oct-Nov, 1998), 3-20; “Dilemele Bioetice si Ortodoxia,” in Revista Telogica, new series VIII (80)/1 (Sibiu, Romania; Jan-Mar 1998), 3-13.
    • “Survol des principaux problèmes de la bioéthique,” in Bioéthique Orthodoxe I (Association Orthodoxe d’Études Bio-éthiques), Paris: Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint Serge (1998), 39-53.  Romanian tr. “Privire Asupra Bioeticii,” in Bioetica si Taina Persoanei (ed: Tatiana Petrache), Bucharest: Editura Bizantina (2006), 57-70.
    • “‘Full Communion’ Among Protestant Churches. An Orthodox Critique,” Lutheran Forum. Una Sancta, 32/3, (Fall 1998), 8-14.
    • “Violence, Power and Authority: Scriptural Resources,” Theological Perspectives on Violence and Nonviolence, World Council of Churches, Geneva, Switzerland (1998), 21-49.
    • “Despre Ortodoxie,” Transilvania. Revista de cultura, new series XXVIII (CIV) (4/1998), 14-28.
    • “Archanges et Puissances célestes,” Contacts no. 185, Paris 1999, 4-8.
    • “Le mystère de Dieu chez saint Silouane l’Athonite,” in Buisson Ardent. Cahiers Saint-Silouane l’Athonite 5, Pully, Switzerland (1999), 60-72; excerpts in S.O.P. no. 233, (Dec. 1998), 25-28.
    • “St. Silouan and the Mystery of God,” Sourozh. A Journal of Orthodox Life and Thought, no 78 (Dec., 1999), 1-19.
    • “Chiasmus As a Key to Biblical Interpretation,” SVTQ, vol. 43/3-4 (1999), 249-267.
    • “Les fondements théologiques de l’éthique chrétienne,” S.O.P. no. 247 (April 2000), 29-33.
    • “Un enfant nous est né. L’éthique orthodoxe et l’enfant qui vient au monde,” S.O.P. no. 249 (June 2000), 26-32.   Romanian tr., “Prunc s-a Nascut Noua: Etica Ortodoxa si Copilul Care Vine pe Lume,” in Bioetica si Taina Persoanei (ed: Tatiana Petrache), Bucharest: Editura Bizantina (2006), 75-91.
    • “Comment lire l’Ancien Testament?,” S.O.P. Supplément  no. 250 (July-Aug., 2000).
    • “En quête d’une lectio divina orthodoxe,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 254 (Jan. 2001).
    • “Lire la Bible à l’école des pères,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 256 (March 2001).
    • “Το Ερωτημα της Αρχης της Ζωης και η Τεκνογονια,” in Indikto vol. 14,
      (June 2001), 123-144.
    • “Medically Assisted Procreation,” The Handmaiden vol. 5, no. 3 (2001), 5-9.
    • “Human Cloning: Myths and Realities,” SVTQ, vol. 45/3 (2001), 285-299.
    • “La Manipulation de la personne humaine,” S.O.P. no. 267, Paris (2002), 28-30.  Romanian tr.:“Manipularea Persoanei Umane,” in Bioetica si Taina Persoanei (ed. Tatiana Petrache), Bucharest: Editura Bizantina (2006), 189-194.
    • “Bioethical Challenges in the New Millennium,” SVTQ vol. 46/4 (2002), 315-329; SVTQ vol. 48/4 (2004), 339-353.
    • “The Sacredness of Newborn Life,” Alive in Christ XVIII no. 2, (2002), 30-36; SVTQ 47/2 (2003), 211-227.
    • “Unser Leib: Lebendig-tot-verherrlicht,” Glaube in der 2. Welt, vol. 37 (11/2003), 29-31.
    • “Justifiable War: Lesser Good or Lesser Evil?”, SVTQ 47/1 (2003), 97-109.
    • “Chiasmus in Johannine Tradition,” Sacra Scriptura. Review of the Centerfor Biblical Studies nr. 2 (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Dec. 2004), 145-161.
    • “In the Image of God: the Perils of Embryonic Stem Cell Research,” Again, vol. 26/3 (Fall 2004), 16-19
    • “Bioethical Challenges in a Post-Modern World,” Forerunner (Journal of the Orthodox Fellowship of St John the Baptist, Oxford/London), vol. no. 44 (Winter 2004-2005), 19-34.
    • “Le Mariage en tant qu’alliance,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 293 (Dec. 2004).
    • “Corps Vivant, Corps Mort, Corps Glorifié,” S.O.P. Supplément nr. 280 (July-Aug, 2003); Bioéthique Orthodoxe V, Paris: Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint Serge (2004), 15-32.
    • “Chiasmus in the Gospel of John,” Sacra Scripta. Review of the Center for Biblical Studies nr. 2 (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 2004), 72-90.  Also in Διακονια, Λειτουργια, Χαρισμα (Festschrift for G.A. Galitis, En Plo editions, Levadeia, 2006), 145-158.
    • “Défis bioéthiques dans un monde post-moderne,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 300 (July-Aug 2005).
    • “The Spirit-Paraclete in Johannine Tradition,” Le Feu sur la terre. Mélanges offerts au Père Boris Bobrinskoy pour son 80e anniversaire (Analecta Sergiana 3, Paris: Presses Saint-Serge, 2005), 9-19.
    • “L’Héritage de l’herméneutique orthodoxe,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 306 (Mar 2006).
    • “Parish Ethics and the Teaching of Jesus,” In Communion (Summer 2006), 1-7.
    • “L’Euthanasie face au mystère de la personne,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 310 (July-Aug 2006).
    • “Adevar si sens în Sfânta Scriptura,” Revista Theologica, Editura Andreiana, Sibiu, Romania, 88/4, Oct-Dec (2006), 62-73.
    • “The Euthanasia Debate,” Mitropolia Olteniei Revista (Editura Mitropolia Olteniei, Craiova, Romania, Anul LXI (720-732), nr. 9-12, Sep-Dec (2009), 32-39.
    • “Le Travail : une perspective biblique,” S.O.P. no. 343 (Dec. 2009), 26-31.
    • “Antropologia ortodoxa si ‘dreptul la viata’: implicatii pentru cercetarea cu cellule stem si clonare,” in Biserica Orthodoxa si Drepturile Omului (ed. N.R. Stan), Bucharest: Universul Juridie (2010), 277-289.
    • “Communier avec Dieu,” S.O.P. Supplément no. 344 (January 2010).
    • “La perte, le chagrin et le processus de guérison, S.O.P. no. 351 (Sept-Oct 2010), 31-34.
    • “Orthodox Bioethics in the Encounter Between Science and Religion,” in Science and the Eastern Orthodox Church (ed. Daniel Buxhoeveden and Gayle Woloschak), Surrey, UK & Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Ltd. (2011), 119-130.
    • “God in a Quantum World,” SVTQ 55, no. 4 (2011), 485-500.

From 1999-2001, columns in <Beliefnet.com> and <Christianity.com>; from 2002-2010, thousand-word twice-monthly columns in <www.oca.org/Life in Christ>.

EDITORIAL ACTIVITIES

1985-1996:  Editor, St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly.
1976-1978:  Editor, Orthodox Alaska

OTHER ACTIVITIES

1977-1978: Chaplain, St Herman’s Theological Seminary, Kodiak, Alaska.
1978-1984: Priest, Paroisse de la Sainte Trinité, Paris, France.
1980-1984: Dean of Students, St Sergius Theological Institute, Paris, France.
1984 to present: member Orthodox Theological Society of America.
1996 to 2011: Chair, Medical-Ethics Commission, O.C.A.
1997 to 2004: Spiritual director, Mary-Martha Orthodox Monastery, Wagener, SC.
1998 to 2011: President, Association Orthodoxe d’Etudes Bio-éthiques (AOEBE), Paris, France;
1999-2001: Columnist for “Beliefnet.com” and “Christianity.com.”
1999-2003: Priest-in-charge, Holy Ascension Orthodox Mission, Mt Pleasant, SC.
2002 to 2010: Columnist and editor of O.C.A. Web page, “Life in Christ” www.oca.org.
2003 to 2010: Member SCOBA commission on social and moral issues.

Visiting lectureships:
Oct. 1999, The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge, England. (Biblical Hermeneutics).
May 2000, Facultatea de Teologie, Universitatea “Andrei Saguna,” Sibiu, Romania. (Scripture and Bioethics).
Feb.-March 2001, Facultatea de Teologie, Cluj, Romania (Bioethics).
Oct 2004 and Mar 2005, Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxa, Universitatea “1 Decembrie 1918” Alba Iulia, Romania, (Patristic Exegesis).
1999-2008, One or two weeks each year: lectures on Bioethics and Patristic Exegesis given in various Romanian theological faculties (Sibiu, Alba Iulia, Cluj-Napoca, Oradea, Timisoara, Craiova, Bucharest).

(10/2011)