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BOADT REV. LAWRENCE BOADT, CSP Rev. Lawrence Boadt, a leading Catholic biblical scholar and Paulist priest, died at his residence in Mahwah, NJ, on July 24, 2010. His death was announced by Rev. Mark-David Janus, president of Paulist Press. He stated that Father Boadt, who was 67, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Lawrence Boadt was a longtime professor of biblical studies at several institutions of learning including Fordham University and the Washington Theological Union, a Roman Catholic school of theology in the nation''s capitol, where he taught for 21 years. In addition, he was a prolific author of scholarly books and articles and popular studies. His extensive published works included Ezekiel''s Oracles Against Egypt, two volumes of commentaries on Jeremiah in the Old Testament Message series, a commentary on "Ezekiel" for the New Jerome Biblical Commentary and almost one hundred articles and reviews in leading biblical journals such as the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, the Journal of Biblical Literature, and Vetus Testamentum. His most popular work is Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction, published by Paulist Press in 1985. It has been the standard introduction to the Hebrew scriptures in numerous colleges and seminaries in English. Lawrence Boadt was born in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, CA, and grew up in the Paulist parish there. He entered the Paulists in 1962 and studied at St. Paul''s College in Washington, DC. Following his ordination in 1969, he did graduate work at Catholic University, obtaining degrees in Semitic languages and theology. From 1972-76 he was a student at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome, where he obtained a licentiate and doctorate in sacred scripture. Father Boadt was a man of boundless energy and enthusiasm for whom the classroom and writing were only a part of his achievements. He often conducted tours of the Holy Land. His favorite tour was through Turkey and Greece in the footsteps of St. Paul. He was the biblical expert on the team established by Walter Burghardt, SJ, which regularly ran workshops/retreats on preaching for diocesan priests. His incredible gift of clarity in his biblical presentations won him numerous admirers. For all the years he lived in Washington, he taught a weekly Bible class to a group of laity, professional people, and government officials. In 1998 he was named president of Paulist Press and served in that post until his final illness. Since 1975 he had been the scripture editor of the Press. As president, he oversaw publication of up to 80 books a year. Once again he brought out numbers of quality books on the Bible. His final contribution was the highly acclaimed Catholic edition of a Lectio Divina Bible. Father Boadt served as president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and was active in major Catholic and Protestant biblical organizations. He was president of the Stimulus Foundation in recent years which was created to foster dialogue and mutual respect between Christians and Jews through publications dedicated to those goals. "Larry," as he was affectionately known by his many friends, was a convivial person who enjoyed being with people. He was never a reclusive scholar but always available for a good time. His unusual work ethic never excluded time with his Paulist brethren, among whom he was extremely popular. Plans are under way to create a fitting memorial to this highly gifted and dedicated priest who did so much to bring people across the U.S. to a deeper understanding of God''s word as it comes to us in the Bible. A funeral Mass of Resurrection will be offered at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 60th Street and Columbus Avenue in New York City. Visitation and wake will take place at the church from 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. Immediately following the funeral, interment will take place in the Paulist Fathers'' section of St. Thomas the Apostle Church Cemetery in Oak Ridge, NJ.

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Published in The Washington Post on Jul. 27, 2010.
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July 22, 2020
Larry was a great friend and high school classmate. He has been gone for 10 years, and is still missed. A bit ironic, but I am currently reading his Introduction to the Old Testament.
Frank Scott
July 21, 2019
Fr. Larry was one of the most humble, kind, gentle priests I ever met. He was brilliant but kept a low profile. I enjoyed many dinners with. He helped to promote my books.
His laugh was infestious. His Priesthood made my priesthood better.
May he pray for us from his place in heaven.
Monsignor Len Badia
leonard Badia
April 2, 2013
Fr. Boadt was a wonderful teacher...He made learning about the Bible so wonderful. He was frequent guest at the Westchester Spiritual Center.I am so sorry that i could not attend his funeral Mass, just to say "Thank YOu " for your wonderful service.....with eternal gratitude...ronsmith
August 15, 2010
It's August 15 and I am just now finding out about Larry's death. I didn't know he had cancer. I am so shocked. I had him for Prophets in the early '80's at WTU and have forever since then used his book (Intro to OT) for all my adult bible study groups. I have never seen better, or more clarity, anywhere. His lists and charts are wonderful, too!
One of the things that really impressed me about Larry as a professor, is that he seemed to have no biases against women in his class, and he recognized brightness and intelligence from whatever source it came (one of them being myself !)
Though I have not seen him since I graduated in the mid-'80's, I miss him already. What a loss for the world and for the Paulists, but he left us his legacy in his writings...
Deanna Rose von Bargen, rscj
August 14, 2010
Thank you Father Boadt for a life dedicated to leading us through into a deeper understanding of the Hebrew Scirptures. You have touched so many through your books, and have gifted us with an enduring legacy. You are in our prayers, hearts, and lives, as we stand as witnesses to the living Word.
Catherine Al-Meten
August 14, 2010
Godspeed Fr. truly were a man touched by God's own hand. I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from you....
Prudence Doty
August 14, 2010
Larry gave the Hartford Catholic Biblical School more than we can ever express. He lived and taught God's Word, bringing the Scriptures to life in ways that inspired all of us--students, faculty and administration alike. Thank you, Larry. We miss you.
BJ Daly Horell
August 8, 2010
Thank you Father Larry for leading us through your books and lectures to a deeper appreciation of Scripture. We loved the twinkle in your eye as you signed our tattered copy of Reading the Old Testament and said you loved to see your book so marked up and used. We treasure your friendship and ask you to please pray for us.
Mary Jo Harrington
August 2, 2010
ilka bruin
August 1, 2010
Pat Hensy, CSP
August 1, 2010
Fr. Boadt teaching in Ceasarea .
In September of 2009, we were blessed to be "Pilgrims" in the Holy Land with Father Boadt. His gentleness of heart, intellectual clarity, faith , and singular focus on love of Scripture permeated every moment. Thank you Father Boadt for your inspired teaching, generous heart, and your compassionate spirit. Tom and Therese Van Hoof (Westwood, California)
August 1, 2010
Father Boadt was a huge blessing to all at ST.William's Church in Naples,Florida who were privileged to attend his OT lectures. Above all else we came to know the wonderful priest and person he was.R.I.P.,Fr. Boadt.
John Leddy
August 1, 2010
Late did I meet you, Fr. Larry, on one of your last tours, if not the last, through the Holy Land. But your ability to connect the dots of our faith through your love of archeology and "stones" and then explain it in a way to expand and deepen our understanding was a gift I shall always treasure. Thank you. May you rest in peace.
Maryan Herr
August 1, 2010
Fr. Boadt could galvanize a class or congregation. We who took his class knew we were with someone special. He brought the Old Testaament and New Testament writers alive to us, brought us into their ancient world to better understand the "real time" they lived in. What a great man. We were so lucky to have known him. I hope he is talking to Moses now finding out just how Moses got through it all. He must be delighted to be in heaven. Mary Armbruster, Naples, Florida
August 1, 2010
The Catholic Biblical Association meeting opened this evening in Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. It is not the same without Larry's presence. I used his Reading the Old Testament as a student, and have used it with my students since I've been teaching. His legacy lives on in his writings about Scripture.
Teresa Brown
July 31, 2010
I have never met Fr. Boadt; but his work has meant so much to my understanding of Scripture. I see the scriptural world (as well as my own world) in a whole new light after studying his many writings. As was already said, pray for us Fr. Boadt.
Dcn. Terry Carsten
July 31, 2010
Thank you Father Boadt for teaching us the faith. Thank you for answering questions that we had a hard time getting answers to, especially about the Old Testament and about the mass in general. Your column in the Good Shepherd bulletin each Sunday, "Exploring Our Worship," was very informative. It explained in detail the reasons why mass is the way it is. Thank you for your inciteful homilies also and for your sense of humor.
Pat Leonard
July 30, 2010
I had the great pleasure of listening to Father Larry giving his great wise words from the Lettersto Paul. He was LA Congress for many years and always went to listen to his talk. Always came away with new insites of the Bible.

Nancy Bingham Rocklin, CA
July 30, 2010
Thank you Father Boadt for your wonderful introduction to the OT given to all of us; even we who did not know you.

Please, you and Father Raymond E. Brown, pray for us here.
Jim Kiesow
July 30, 2010
A great scholar and an amazingly pastoral priest. May the angels lead you into Paradise, Fr. Larry.
Nancy de Flon
July 30, 2010
I was previleged to take three Old Testament courses with Father Boadt. He was an excellent teacher and learnerd and kind man. He opened the word of God to me in may ways. I shall always be grateful to him. God surely welcomed him home with open arms. May he rest in peace.

Giac Pagano, Obl.SB, Delbarton School
July 29, 2010
Larry Boadt. Scholar, Priest, Friend. A loss to us who loved him so. And a glorious gain as well. Another confessor in heaven to whom we can open our hearts now and till we meet again. A friend to smile on us and greet us when we happily shed the sorrows of this exiled life. An advocate at the throne of God. Don't rest Larry. Work hard for us who still need the prayers of a saint like yourself.
Frank Zilinyi
July 29, 2010
Thank God for Fr. Boadt and for the light he brought to so many.
Patricia Emons
Archdiocesan (Hartford CT) Biblical School
July 29, 2010
Father Boadt presided, for twenty years, over our Folk Masses in the reception hall behind the auditorium at the Good Shepherd School in New York. I first came to folk mass at good shepherd in the mid 90s as a first communicant. Fr. Boadt quickly roped my brother and I into altar service, which, while beginning as an unwelcome chore, became the highlight of the week. He would affectionately refer to my brothers and I as "his gang". He would frequently comment to the congregation that he knew that his homily had drawn on for too long when my brother and I would start to get fidgety. Although I was much too young to appreciate the wisdom and knowledge, which would pour out of this storied champion of the Old Testament and Interfaith Relations, I was deeply affected by the warmth of his character and the breadth of his uncompromising charity. In some fine instances, such as those with Fr. Boadt, simply being in the presence of a person will forever increase your own capacity for love and compassion. You will be missed. Requiem aeternam dona eis, domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Frank R Zilinyi
July 28, 2010
I knew Larry as a colleague at Washington Theological Union and as a member of the Paulist Washington community where I served during the '80s.
Unfailingly, his gracious presence, humor and availability touched the lives of many in both settings. A true scholar, pastoral teaching presence and lively community member. It was a privilege to know him.
Mary Irving
July 28, 2010
Rest in peace
Jackie Englishman
July 28, 2010
We had the privilege to worship with Fr. Larry for many years at Good Shepherd. In spite of his numerous commitments around the globe he managed to serve as an effective parish priest even though he was only in residence. He faithfully supported the Folk Mass community, the Knights of Columbus and the Men's Club. He was a dear and close companion to many of us who looked forward to his homilies and companionship. He never failed to lift up the spirits where ever he traveled, especially with his bow-tie that would light up on New Year's Eve. He was the zealous and effective missionary envisioned by Issac Hecker. We are grateful to have shared so many family occassions with him and he will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
James Hamilton
July 28, 2010
We were first introduced to Father Larry during our EPS classes in Naples, Florida. What a dynamic teacher and preacher he was. He continued to come to our reunion meetings every year and had even planned to come in 2011. We will miss him and always remember his enthusiam for the teaching of both the Old and New Testament. May God hold him in the palm of his hands for eternity.
Joan and Henry Hamel. Chester, New Jersey
July 28, 2010
I'm devastated by the news of Father Boadt's death, and will be remembering him in my prayers. I'm sure he is on a very direct path to heaven, after his many fruitful years spent in the service of the Lord. Larry and I met as fellow seminarians. He was just one year behind me, but well ahead of me in his vast capacity for learning. He was a scholar even as a young man, but also a wonderful human being. In recent years during his tenure as Publisher of Paulist Press, he found time in his busy schedule to correspond with me. Larry's death is a loss to the Paulist Fathers as well as to the entire community of Scripture scholars throughout the world. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
Paul Skizinski
July 27, 2010
Once in a great while, a person changes the trajectory of your life. Beginning at WTU in the early '80s, I was not looking forward to any of the scripture requirements. That first Pentateuch class with Larry Boadt, eyes twinkling as he brought the Hebrew Scriptures alive, shifted everything. I took every class of his I could. The passion and delight that he so clearly had for those dynamic texts was simply infectious. Concentrating on liturgical studies just no longer interested me.
When I started teaching scripture myself, my department chair suggested that I think of the one teacher from my past who impacted me the most, and try to bring that presence into the classroom. That was easy, and as a result, almost 2000 young men have been taught scripture with the spirit of Larry Boadt as a guide.
Larry was a kind and supportive academic advisor, even helping me long distance to finish my degree 10 years after I left WTU. He also influenced me to get deeply involved with Jewish studies and Holocaust education.
I am so saddened to think that I won't see that impish grin again. Thank you, Larry, and may God hold you in the palm of your hand.
Mary Kiley
July 27, 2010
Father Larry gave me a scholarly and faith-filled understanding of Old--and New!--Testaments during his EPS courses and annual lectures in Naples, FL. For that I shall alwsys be grateful, as well as for his friendly visits over the years with my husband and me. We pray that he may now join his brother Paulists and all the other saints who have gone before us.

Clare McSorley, Toronto, Ontario
July 27, 2010
I was privileged to have Fr. Larry as an OT scripture professor at WTU in the late 70's we used his suberb book Introduction to the OT. He was a great scholar & a good friend. I was a also a member of a memorable trip to Turkey :In the Footsteps of St. Paul for the EPS program at Trinity Univ, in D.C. in the early 90's He will be in my prayers. Nancy Joyce
Nancy Joyce
July 27, 2010
Fr. Lawrence Boadt performed the Marriage ceremony for (Nancy and Dick Powell) at the request of my Mother in law Virginia K. Hughes in 1982. I only met Fr. Larry several times after that, he seemed pleased our marriage was successful. Fr. Larry mentioned he had married only one other couple and their marriage was doing fine so his average was good. Fr. Larry never spoke of his many gifts. He was always kind and gracious at my attempts to talk about our Catholic faith and the Old Testament Jerusalem. I will miss his easy smile. I'm happy made the Journey Home after being sick for so long.

I am sorry I could not attend the funeral Mass, it is one I would have liked to make. My most sincere condolences to his family, fellow priests and friends.
Dick and Nancy Powell
July 27, 2010
I remember his gracious attentiveness to people who were speaking to him - all sorts of people. He was a holy man.
Mary Mele
July 27, 2010
Larry was great priest and scholar. He touched so many people-students were blessed to have him as their professor.Personally he was a wonderful friend..published my books..had many dinners in New York at his favorite restaurant- Puttanisca..Pray for us.Larry, Msgr. len Badia, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Msgr. Len Badia
July 27, 2010
We love you and miss you, Uncle Larry. You are in our prayers, and know you are also praying for us. May you enjoy being in God's presence until we meet again.
Love, Dori and Jose Cabrera
Dori Cabrera
July 27, 2010
I am sad to hear of Larry Boadt's early death. I was privileged to work with him on several projects over the years and delighted in his energy and insight. May he rest now in peace. Mary Collins, OSB
Mary Collins, OSB
July 27, 2010
A truly gifted teacher whose good humor and generosity of spirit was always avaiable and apparent.
Rokki Carr
July 27, 2010
I am honored to have had Fr. Boadt as the editor of my book "Grandparents Are Forever." May he rest in eternal Love.
Carolyn Gutowski
July 27, 2010
Larry was my good friend since school days at Loyola High School, Los Angeles, circa 1960. We kept in contact, and I always looked forward to his West Coast visits, esp. when he could join my family and friends for Christmas Eve dinner. I was privileged to have been able to see him shortly before his death. I will miss him and remember him fondly.
Frank Scott
July 27, 2010
As a graduate of The Washington Theological Union in 1995, I was privileged to have had Fr. Boadt as one of my professors. I remember his encouraging words to me, an artist, as I presented some visual images of the scriptures in his class. His classes were humorous, thought provoking and theologically stimulating...he will be missed. Many were blessed who had him as a teacher and mentor.
Celeste Lauritsen
July 27, 2010
Fr. Larry Boadt was an extraordinary man of boundless energy and passion for the Scriptures. A born educator, he taught thousands of people a greater appreciation of Sacred Scripture, including the students of Education for Parish Service in Fairfield County Connecticut, New York City, Washington, DC, Arlington, Virginia, and Naples, Florida. He also served EPS as a Board member and Chairman of the Board and was a frequent lecturer. He will be profoundly missed. May he rest in peace.
Dr. Maggie McCarty
July 27, 2010
I have fond memories of our four years of living together at Good Shepherd. Like so many others I deeply valued his friendliness, humor, and devotion to teaching Sacred Scripture. We will miss him very much.
Fr. Joachim Lally, CSP, Grand Rapids, MI
July 27, 2010
Larry was my OT professor at WTU. He was a gifted teacher, a truly funny man, and one of the best Catholic preachers I've ever heard. He will be missed by a couple of generations of students, parishioners, and Bible enthusiasts. Rest in peace, Larry.
Greg Byrne
July 27, 2010
We mourn the passing of a man we have known and loved for the past 40 years. Meeting him in Rome at Santa Susanna, he became an important part of the sacramental high lights of our life-First Communion, Confirmation, and presiding at the marriage of our son. Our celebration of Thanksgiving was made special by his presence and we will never spend that day in the future without thinking of him and what a gift to us he was. Pat and Harry Coburn
Harry Coburn
July 27, 2010
We are thankful for the gift of Fr. Larry. He has enriched our lives in so many ways. .. as teacher, priest and friend. Our special memories are of the trip he led to the Holy Land where he made the bible come alive. We are sorry he left this earth so soon. We know he is with St. Paul now and all the othes who have "fought the good fight." Pray for us, Larry.

Rita and Mike Murphy (Annapolis)
July 27, 2010
Rest in peace good friend.
Fr Michael Evernden, CSP
July 27, 2010
May Father Larry's memory be eternal. I have many remembrances of all his kindnesses while I worked at Newman Book Store in Washington DC.
Stuart Loughborough
July 27, 2010
Fr. Larry Boadt served Good Shepherd Parish in residence and moderated the Folk Mass for 20 years. He generously gave of his time, insights, affection, wisdom, good humor, and when the Paulists left Good Shepherd he continued to be a great friend, allowing the Folk Mass Community to picnic at Paulist Press. He celebrated Mass and gave workshops at Visitation Parish when the Folk Mass relocated there.
He pastored us, baptizing our children, presiding at funerals, weddings and anniversaries. We think of him often with love,
Janet and Richard Kraus
Janet Kraus
July 27, 2010
Our hearts are heavy with news of the death of this extraordinary priest, scholar, and very special friend. RIP Fr. Larry. Phil and B.J. Harrick
Barbara Jo Harrick
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