My wife, five children and I reside in the southeastern United States. I study and teach biblical languages – primarily Hebrew, but also biblical Aramaic and the New Testament Greek (Koine). I hold a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southeastern College at Wake Forest, an M.Div with Advanced Biblical Studies and Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a M.A. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have been teaching the languages online for about eight years and tutored consistently since 2006. I co-pastor Living Hope Community Church, where it is a pleasure to proclaim and teach the Bible to a great congregation.
My primary passion is to edify the people of God for skilled interpretation of the biblical text. This can only happen if people can access the Word of God for themselves by utilizing the available tools and using them with competence. As teachers of the word, it is our obligation to rightly handle it in order that we be found approved and unashamed (2 Tim. 2:15) and to deliver it to those we teach. The Apostle Paul likened this work to the work that oxen do in plowing a field. It is that hard but necessary work that puts spiritual food on the plates of God’s people.
I am pleased to offer a New Testament Greek class now. The course is offered in two parts and uses David Alan Black’s Learn to Read New Testament Greek, my former advanced Greek grammar professor. Each part is 15 weeks.
I am also pleased to offer a BIBLICAL THEOLOGY class now. The class is an 8 week class and Hebrew skills are NOT required for it.
I have taught this course several times, and I am offering it again. The course gives greater understanding of and appreciation for the message of the Hebrew Bible. It is 8 weeks long and will meet weekly.
This course explores the message of the Hebrew Bible and ends with a discussion of Mark’s – and the NT authors’ in general – understanding of how Jesus fulfilled the Scriptures. I build a case that the Pentateuch establishes the foundational eschatology that culminates with the coming of Messiah.
Below are a few topics we will discuss:
The Torah (Pentateuch) as foundation
How can we know what a book so large means?
Is the Pentateuch a history book or a book about the future?
Does the Pentateuch have a discernible structure?
The narrative and poetic structure of the torah – the grand and overarching design
The promise to Abraham as God’s means to redeem ADAM “mankind”
Israel and the Nations “In the last days”
The meaning of the Mosaic Law in the context of the Pentateuch.
The structure of the Pentateuch and its eschatological outlook
The Torah as the Bible of the Prophets, or The use of the OT in the OT
The relationship between the Prophets and the Torah – Isaiah as a test case
“The Last Days”: Exile and Return
Israel and the Nations
Promise, Seed, the Son of God and Inheritance
This is an approach to Scripture that will make you newly appreciate the unity of the Scriptures and give you a greater sense of the immense weight of glory that the apostles and the early church felt as they participated in the inauguration of the last days as foretold in the Scriptures. We will also explore the implications of many of these things for our understanding of the New Testament and just what the NT writers meant when they spoke of the Scriptures being fulfilled. I believe these things to be immensely important for a solid understanding of the whole Bible and for clearing up some of the misconceptions about the Old Testament’s use in the New.
If you are interested in learning to read biblical Hebrew, biblical Greek or you are interested in taking a biblical theology class, please contact me about available classes and rates.
See also my Upcoming Courses page for more details.
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