Father Louis Hartman Father Louis Hartman. 1901-1970


Father Louis Hartman was a Redemptorist priest and biblical scholar. He served as Executive Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Association from 1948 until his death in 1970. He was also a professor of semitic languages at Catholic University in Washington DC.

Father Hartman spent a year in the Holy Land as Annual Professor of the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem. His 1959-60 sabbatical year he spent as annual professor at the American School of Oriental Research in Jerusalem.

Fr. Hartman was born is New York City, in the Melrose section of the Bronx, on Jan. 17, 1901. From 1907 to 1915 be attended Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Melrose. In the fall of 1915 he entered St. Mary’s College, the preparatory school of the Redemptorist Fathers in North East, Pennsylvania. Father Louis Hartman was born in the Bronx, NY on TK, 19TK. He took his religious vows of voluntary poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Redemptorist priest on August 2, 1922, and was ordained a priest on June 19, 1927. Patrick Cardinal Hayes, Archbishop of New York was the ordaining prelate. While some young priests at the time were assigned to missions in places like Brazil and Praguay, Father Hartman went on to perform post graduate work in Holy Scripture at the Catholic University in TK. From that point forward, Father Hartman's life work would be dedicated to the study of the bible. Father Hartman had a gift for languages. He mastered Greek, Hebrew, and other Semitic languages. ???

Father Hartman studied at the Biblical Institute at Rome for five years, and aught scripture at the Redemptorist Seminary. In 1948, Father Hartman joined the Faculty at the Catholic University, where he remained until his death on TK, TK.

Father Hartman's great ambition was to make the bible approachable for everyone. In 1945, Father Hartman signed up with a group who's mission was to translate the Bible from the original language into English. He spent the remainder of his life examining the ancient Hebrew bible, and translating each phrase into flawless English. But like the all-too familiar biblical story, Father Hartman didn't like to see the fruit of his labor. He died a month before the New American Bible came off the presses. While many toiled to produce this momumental work, it was said that no one surpassed Father Hartman in his industry and zeal in bringing this new Bible to completion.

Although Fr. Hartman’s publications prior to 1955 were not small in number (see bibliography at end of article), including a number of articles, reviews, translations, and commentaries, and more importantly a commentary on Matthew in 1942, the translation of the book of Deuteronomy for the first volume of the CCD Genesis to Ruth volume, and a monograph with A. Leo Oppenheim “On Beer and Brewing Techniques in Ancient Mesopotamia,” published with the not disinterested financial help of the American Brewers’ Association, his most productive period has been from 1955 to the present.

1948 - 1970 Executive Secretary of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. He was a scholar.

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