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Books by Carol Dempsey
Carol J. Dempsey, OP, PhD, is professor of Biblical studies at the University of Portland, Oregon, and has been a member of the Order of Preachers for 35 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell College, New Jersey, a master’s degree from St. Louis University, and a doctorate in Biblical studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Isaiah: God's Poet of Light
Carol J. Dempsey, OP, Ph.D.
Chalice Press, 2010

This excellent source on one of the most important prophetic texts of the Hebrew Bible is a commentary that is succinct, yet thorough in covering the whole book with attention to literary and hermeneutical issues in a rather straightforward way.

Carol Dempsey takes her readers on an informative and insightful study of the book of Isaiah and discusses how he was God’s poet of light. He was there to shed light on the injustices of his time, give a vision of what he envisioned, and a vision of what is still in need of transformation. Each chapter gives introduction information about the chapters and verses to be covered.

ISBN: 978-0-8272-1630-3
Paperback, 9 x 6, 224 pages

Understanding the Old Testament Prophets
Carol J. Dempsey, OP, Ph.D.
Now You Know Media, 2010

Some of the Old Testament’s most powerful language and vision comes from the Israel’s great prophets. Prophetic texts present timeless challenges to men and women down through the ages. They continue to evoke powerful responses from contemporary readers and listeners.

This course explores the worldviews and theologies of the ancient Near Eastern world to highlight how they influenced the message and mission of Israel’s ancient prophets, and how these shaped written prophetic texts as they appear in the biblical canon today, and how they influenced Jesus’ gospel message.

You will consider the prophetic call, vocation, charism, persona, mission and experience. Through other topics, you’ll explore the role of imagination in prophetic proclamations, metaphor and symbolic action, the prophets’ portrayal of God, the prophets’ vision for worship and cosmic redemption, and discuss the violence embedded within prophetic texts. Two clusters of texts, the laments of Jeremiah and the servant songs of Isaiah are explored in detail. Throughout the course, Israel’s transgressions are exposed, and disturbing images are held up for hermeneutical and critical theological reflection. The final portion of the course explores the life and mission of Jesus within the prophetic tradition.

18 25-Minute Topics on 7 CD Set Including Written Guide on CD


Justice: A Biblical Perspective
Carol J. Dempsey, OP
Chalice Press, 2008

Focusing on concepts and themes as they relate to the comprehensive view of justice contained in the Old and New Testaments, Justice: A Biblical Perspective brings together various passages to give the historical and literary context. Dempsey sets a clear definition of justice and its relationship to compassion, two virtues that lead to liberation.

ISBN: 978-0-8272-1718-8
Paperback, 8.5 x 5.5, 144 pages

Jeremiah: Preacher of Grace, Poet of Truth
Interfaces Series. ed. Barbara Green, OP.
Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2007.

What does it mean to be deeply in love with God and, at the same time, with a person, a group, or a nation that is at odds with God? Such is the dilemma of the prophet Jeremiah, and it is an experience not unfamiliar to many in our own day. The lesson of Jeremiah’s story is that, no matter how unfaithful humans may be, God remains always faithful, always ready to forgive and to right the wrongs humans have wrought.

Specifics: Paper, 160 pp., 6 x 9


Earth, Wind, and Fire
Biblical and Theological
Perspectives on Creation

Carol J. Dempsey, OP, and Mary Margaret Pazdan, OP, Editors

Today's world demands an integrated attitude and vision toward all of life—an approach embraced and enhanced by the contributors to Earth, Wind, and Fire.

10 Digit ISBN: 0-8146-5110-0
Price: $21.95 Sale Price: $10.98

The Prophets:
A Liberation-Critical Reading

by Carol J. Dempsey, OP

This is the third volume (of a four-volume set) of readings of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament from the perspective of Liberation Theology and feminist criticism. In it Dempsey provides both overviews and discussions of specific passages. Her approach allows her to provide critique and to plumb the depths of the texts’ potential for liberation.

Part 1: Power and Domination
Part 2: From Power and Domination to Power and Liberation
Part 3: From “Power Over” to “Power With”

232 pages 6 x 9 inches
Item No: 0800631161
Publisher: Fortress Press

Theology and Sacred Scripture
(Annual Publication of the College Theology Society)
by Carol J. Dempsey, OP and William Lowe (editors)

Original essays on the complexity and varying relationship between theology and Sacred Scripture.

239 pages
Orbis Books
(June 2002)
Language: English
ISBN: 157075411X


Previous books published by Carol Dempsey before 2004:

The Spirituality of the Psalms
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2002

Hope Amid the Ruins: The Ethics of Israel's Prophets (Paperback)
(Paperback - Nov 2000)

The Prophets: A Liberation Critical Reading
. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000

All Creation Is Groaning: An Interdisciplinary Vision for Life in a Sacred Universe
Ed. Carol J. Dempsey, OP and Russell A. Butkus. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1999.

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