Professor of Biblical Studies, Milo Chapman Chair of Biblical Studies
Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, with endorsements in English and Sociology from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska (May 1989)
Master of Divinity Degree from North American Baptist seminary in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (May 1992)
Master’s Thesis: “Paul and Judaic Soteriology” (1992)
Doctor of Philosophy Degree (emphasis in Scripture) from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (May 1996)
Doctoral Dissertation: “Finding a New Voice for Matthew 19:16-30″ (1996)
I am in the final stages of completing an introduction to the language and literature of the Torah, which I have been working on for five years. In this text, I blend a survey of the background, authorship, and literary forms of the Torah with an introduction to basic biblical Hebrew. I hope to have a draft of this book completed by January 1, 2008.
I recently completed a revision of my Bible as Literature Workbook. I use this workbook in the freshman class Bible as Literature, in which the students are introduced to the cultural background, issues of authorship, literary forms, major themes, and content of the books of the Bible.
I have begun work on a book length manuscript on the theology of Isaiah. Based on research for three papers presented at conferences on certain aspects of the book of Isaiah (see above), I have developed a new approach to the interrelationship among the three sections of the book of Isaiah, focusing on purpose statements within each section, how they build upon each other, and how they reflect the changing historical circumstances of Judah.
In the spring of 2001, I had a chapter titled “Life in Word and World” published in First Steps to Ministry edited by Dr. David Markle for Warner Press. My chapter focuses on presenting basic exegetical techniques and on demonstrating how the interpreter can apply the fruits of exegesis.
At the 2003 Pacific Northwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Moscow, Idaho, I presented a paper titled “When Did a Waw Consecutive Imperfect Become a Future Passive Verb? A Critique of the Major Translations of Vayyiqra’ in Isaiah 9:5.”
My book titled The UnGospel: the Life and Teachings of the Historical Jesus was published in 2004 by Wipf and Stock, a publisher in Eugene, Oregon. In this work, I demonstrate the need for a reexamination of the life and teachings of the historical Jesus, and then I present and use criteria for selecting primary traditions, which I organize into a new synthesis.
At the 2006 12th Annual Western Jewish Studies Association conference meeting at California State University (Long Beach), I presented a paper on Isaiah 7-9 titled “The King Who Is God or the King Who Praises God?”
At the 2007 International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Vienna, Austria, I presented a paper titled “Messianic Trajectories and the Purified Remnant in the Book of Isaiah.” In this paper, I traced texts often mislabeled as messianic through the three major sections of Isaiah, demonstrating in the process the implications of these prophecies for understanding the purified remnant concept in Isaiah.