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Hahn, Scott Walker (b. 1957)

  1. Jeffrey L. Morrow

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0632

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

How to Cite

Morrow, J. L. 2011. Hahn, Scott Walker (b. 1957). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


Scott Walker Hahn was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1957. He became an evangelical Protestant Christian while in high school, and was involved in the parachurch movement Young Life. He earned a B.A. (1979) from Grove City College, where he triple majored in theology, philosophy, and economics. He then earned an M.Div. (1982) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and finally completed his Ph.D. (1995) in theology at Marquette University. After studying at Gordon-Conwell, he became a Presbyterian minister and served as associate pastor in Virginia. During the same period he taught theology, philosophy, and economics at a Christian high school, and taught seminary courses as an assistant professor. Hahn became a high profile intellectual convert to Catholicism when in 1986 he entered the Catholic Church. He currently teaches theology at both Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he is professor of theology and scripture, and at St. Vincent Seminary, where he is The Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation. Hahn and his wife Kimberly have six children and currently reside in Steubenville, Ohio. Hahn is also the president and founder of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, which hosts a popular website for the study of the Bible and theology ( Hahn has published 28 books, including nine brief Scripture commentaries through the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible Series (Ignatius Press). His Rome Sweet Home (1993), which was co-authored with his wife Kimberly and details their conversion to Catholicism, is a bestseller. He has also published widely in lay Catholic periodicals, and has produced numerous CDs containing both popular and academic theology lectures. He has become one of the most popular lay Catholic writers.


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  • popular lay catholic writers;
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