Alice L. Laffey


Religious Studies

In Memoriam | December 1, 1944 - July 30, 2023
Associate Professor Emerita
S.S.D., Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome

Fields:  Hebrew scriptures/ Old Testament, feminist Hermeneutics, ecology and the Bible



Doctorate of Sacred Scripture   1981
Licentiate in Sacred Scripture    1976
Baccalaureate in Sacred Scripture  1974

The Pontifical Biblical Institute Rome, Italy
Masters of Divinity   1973
Bachelor of Arts       1967 
Pittsburg Theological Seminary
Carlow College, PGH., PA

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • Women in the Bible
  • Readings in Feminist Theology
  • Theology and Ecology
  • Stewardship and Sustainability (Montserrat Program For First Year Students)
  • Relationships and Connections (Montserrat Program For First Year Students)



Postcolonial Commentary on the Old Testament

Recent Publications

Ruth.  Wisdom Commentary Series.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2017.

“Ruth” in The Paulist Bible Commentary.  Mahwah, N.J.: Paulist Press, 2016.

I and II Kings.  The New Collegeville Bible Commentary.  Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2012.

“Whatever Happened to Sin?” (2013);

“Catholic Higher Education and the Environment,” UPDATE, the ACCU Newsletter, xxxv.2, Summer, 2009, pp. 1.14-15.

Teaching Experience

College of the Holy Cross Associate Professor of Old Testament 
 Worcester, MA September, l981—  

St. Joseph's College Professor of Old Testament
Portland, ME Summers 2007, 2006, 2003 and 2001;
Fall and Spring, 2000-03 academic years-distance learning and internet courses

Hartford Seminary  Lecturer in Old Testament 
 Hartford, CT  Fall, 1997; Fall, 1996;  Spring, l994; Spring, 1993

Boston College  Visiting Professor of Old Testament 
 Chestnut Hill, MA Summers, 2000, 1997 

Episcopal Divinity School Visiting Professor of Old Testament 
 Cambridge, MA Fall, 1993 

St. John’s University  Lecturer in Old Testament 
 Collegeville, MN Summer, 1992 

St. Michael’s College Lecturer in Old Testament 
 Winooski, VT Summers, 1995, 1990, 1989 

Univ. of San Francisco Lecturer in Old Testament and Spirituality 
 San Francisco, CA Summer, 1984 

Assumption College  Lecturer in Old Testament 
 Worcester, MA Fall, 1989; Fall, l982 

St. Vincent’s Seminary Instructor in Old Testament 
 Latrobe, PA  l980-81 

Seton Hill College  Lecturer in Old Testament 
 Greensburg, PA Spring, 1981 

Gregorian University Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies 
Rome, Italy  1978-80 

Regina Mundi  Lecturer on the Prophets 
Rome, Italy  1978-80 

Carlow College  Instructor in Scripture and Spirituality
Pittsburgh, PA Summer, 1981; Summer, 1979; Summer, 1977; 
Summer, 1976; Summer, 1975; Summer, 1974 

Oakland Catholic  Religion, 1968-73  
High School 

Bishop Dominic High Religion and Latin, 1967-68 

Professional Affiliations

The Catholic Biblical Association, 1976-present  
Consultor to the Executive Board, 1988-'90  
Program Committee, 1989-'95  
Committee on Visiting Professors, 1992-present; Chair, 1995-present 
College Theology Society, 1981-present  
Awards Committee, 1985-'89; Chair, 1988-'89  
Convenor of Scripture Session, 1992-'96  
Board of Directors, 1993-'96 
Society of Biblical Literature, 1976-present 
Catholic Theological Society of America, 1977-present 
American Academy of Religion, 1982-present 
International Patristics Society, 1979-'84 
Mercy Higher Education Colloquium, 1977-'87