November 4, 2020

In my ongoing series, In Their Own Words…, scholars talk about a big idea in their recent work. Here Dr. Douglas Harink draws from his new book, Resurrecting Justice: Reading Romans for the Life of the World (IVP Academic, 2020). Harink  is professor of theology at The King’s University College in Edmonton, Alberta. Sovereignties, Systems, Saints, and Swords Douglas Harink Try this experiment: working through Paul’s letter to the Romans, when you read the word “Lord” in your NRSV or NIV, think “Sovereign”… Read more

November 3, 2020

Elements of Biblical Exegesis, 3rd Edition (Baker Academic) Give us the backstory. How did you end up writing the first edition (2001)? When I was a Ph.D. student at Princeton Seminary, I was a teaching fellow for several professors, most especially the late Dr. Bruce Metzger. As a result, I got to know a lot of M.Div. students, since Bruce Metzger often drew around 100 students for lecture classes. Most of the students were Presbyterian, so they had to pass… Read more

November 2, 2020

Christopher B. Hays, D. Wilson Moore Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? The OT/HB includes some of the greatest and most culturally influential literature ever written. But more than that, it’s a challenge—to learn how to use all the tools and sources that you need to do good scholarship. We get to read poetry, decipher cuneiform, and study Egyptian art. It’s never boring. Sometimes I think I… Read more

October 30, 2020

Matthew Lynch, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Regent College Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? The Old Testament (HB) sets a long table and invites people from among the whole people of God to pull up their chairs. That long table creates challenges as well, especially in our divided times. The OT invites us to sit down with some awkward (ancient) family members for unusual, difficult, and wonderful conversations. Being present as a teacher (and researcher)… Read more

October 28, 2020

Reading with the Grain of Scripture I don’t tend to pay much attention to essay collections, but this latest published offering from Richard Hays is unique and worthy of interest for a number of reasons. Unlike many other scholars, Hays’s essays and articles fit together pretty well. Some essay collections are disjointed, but even though Hays’s work covers the span of the NT canon and engages with hermeneutics and NT theology, there is a more natural flow here than in… Read more

October 28, 2020

Lissa M. Wray Beal, Professor of Old Testament, Providence Theological Seminary Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB?  In the Old Testament, I see God’s love and mercy demonstrated powerfully in the affairs of nations, but also intimately in the every-day of human lives. I am captured by this aspect of the Old Testament, for within this juxtaposition God moves history towards his purposes. Those purposes find their culmination in Jesus Christ, and in order to know… Read more

October 26, 2020

David T. Lamb, Professor of OT, Dean of Faculty, Missio Seminary Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? The Old Testament is weird, wild, crazy and often difficult to understand. One can study these texts for one’s life and never feel bored. In Genesis, we are introduced to the good creator God who blesses his people, and calls them to bless all divine-bearers (humans) who live in his creation. In the Psalms, we learn how to pray,… Read more

October 24, 2020

Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies, Regent College, Vancouver B.C. Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB?  As someone with a strong drive toward the integration of faith with life in all its dimensions, I enjoy exploring the ways in which OT Scripture “hangs together” coherently and speaks into the world of ideas and practice across a broad spectrum.  I also enjoy communicating all of this to students.  Many of my books, and much of… Read more

October 22, 2020

I have admired Dr. Wright’s work for a long time. Excited to share this interview. Be sure to check out Wright’s new b0ok, HERE ARE YOUR GODS: Faithful Discipleship in Idolatrous Times (IVP)   CHRISTOPHER J H WRIGHT, International Ministries Director, Langham Partnership Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? I have loved the Bible since childhood, growing up in a family and church in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where it was taught thoroughly. Since doing my PhD on O.T…. Read more

October 21, 2020

Chloe T. Sun, Professor of Old Testament, Logos Evangelical Seminary Why do you love teaching and researching about the OT/HB? I love teaching and researching for many reasons. First, I am a learner. I like to share what I have learned with my students. Second, teaching is one of the most effective ways to shape lives, and researching (learning something new) enhances teaching. For me, teaching and researching are an inseparable pair. Third, and perhaps most important, teaching and researching… Read more




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