Visiting Scholars



Grad Forum

Dr. Daniel Falk, "From Fear to Faith: Penitence and Transformation in the Qumran Thanksgiving Hymns"

Grad Forum

Dr. Christopher Seitz, Professor, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Graduate Biblical Forum

Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 1:10 - 2:25 p.m. Lynn Szabo Atrium, RNT

Presentation: "Proverbs 8:22-31 and the Mind of Scripture". A paper will be read and discussed at the event.

Grad Forum

Dr. Stephen Fowl, Professor, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland.

Graduate Biblical Forum

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:25 p.m. in Alumni Hall

Presentation: "Simeon in Acts 15:14: Simon Peter and Echoes of Simeons Past"

     - Paper circulated in advance, summarized, and discussed. (Copies available from

Grad Forum

Speaker: Rob Wall

March 13, 1:20 - 2:25

RNT Atrium

 "New Methodologies & Commentary on the Catholic Epistles"

Grad Forum

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Wayment

“Christians in Egypt: The Strange Case of the City of Oxyrhynchus”

March 20th 1:10 – 2:20 p.m. | BOG

Grad Forum

Professor Craig Evans

March 10, 1:00 - 2:25 p.m. Alumni Hall

Grad Forum

Speaker: Prof Craig Bartholomew, Professor of Philosophy and Religion & Theology

H. Evan Runner Chair, Redeemer University College

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Time: 1:10-2:30 p.m.

Title: ³Jauss¹s Reception History of Jonah² 

Venue: Atrium in RNT

Grad Forum

Dongshin (Dohnson) Chang, Presenter

Nov 14, 2013, 1:10 - 2:25 Alumni Hall 

"Phinehas, the Sons of Zadok, and Melchizedek: An Analysis of Some Understandings of Priestly Covenant in the Late Second Temple Period."

Dr. Joel Green, Fuller Theological Seminary will speak on "Conversion in Luke-Acts: God's Prevenience, Human Embodiment" on Thursday, September 26th at 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

Previous visiting scholars who have addressed the MA Faculty-Graduate Student Seminar and/or the University at large, have included (here listed alphabetically):

Marvin Miller, Ph.D. (cand.)

Biblical Studies Graduate Forum; "The Performance of Ancient Jewish Letters: From Elephantine to MMT".

Thursday, November 29th, 2012 in Alumni Hall  - 1:10 - 2:20 pm.

The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, Dean of St Vladimir’s Seminary and Professor of Patristics, and Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics at Fordham University. Fr. Behr presented a public lecture entitled “Orthodox Christianity as Paideia: Faith, Reason, and Culture in the Early Church,” on October 27, 2010.

Dr. Gary Burge, Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College, presented a paper entitled "New Discoveries at Siloam and Bethesda and Importance for the Fourth Gospel," to the Faculty Student Seminar on Friday, March 25, 2011. Dr. Burge also participated in a Symposium on "Christians and the Middle East Conflict" held at TWU (March 24-26, 2011), and gave a key note address "The New Testament and Land Theologies".

Dr. Steve Delemarter, Professor of George Fox Evangelical Seminary, has been to TWU on several occasions, including a visit on January 20-21, 2006, with a team of students, to photograph and gather information on four Ethiopian manuscripts donated to the University. Professor Delemarter is currently involved in the digitization and cataloguing of Ethiopian Manuscripts, and his other scholarly interests include the Dead Sea Scrolls, textual criticism, and science and religion.

Dr. Hanan Eshel visited TWU on September 9-10, 2009, presenting a paper entitled “How Can We Learn Political History from the Dead Sea Scrolls?" and giving a public lecture "The Archaeology of the Dead Sea Scrolls." Prior to his passing on April 8, 2010, Dr. Eshel was an Associate Professor and former head (2002-2004) of the Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology at Bar-Ilan University and directed a number of excavations in Israel, including Qumran and Ein Gedi.

Dr. Esther Eshel, currently at Bar-Ilan University, also visited TWU on September 9-10 2009, and lectured on "The Kuntillet Ajrud Inscriptions." Dr. Eshel is an editor for the Discoveries in the Judean Desert series, the official publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and involved in two main areas of research: the late books of the Hebrew Bible, as part of an interest in Jewish literature of the Second Temple period, including early Jewish exegesis; and epigraphy.

Dr. Scot McKnight, Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park Univeristy, presented a paper on "Gospel of the Kingdom," on October 6, 2009. Professor McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus, and is the author of many scholarly and popular studies in these and other areas.

Dr. George Nickelsburg, Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa, visited on March 18-19, 2009, and gave a public lecture on "Were the Jews Expecting a Messiah?" and lectured in two MA classes. Professor Nickelsburg is an internationally known specialist in the field of early Judaism and the origins of Christianity. He has written and edited many books and scores of scholarly articles.

Dr. Emanuel Tov, J. L. Magness Professor of Bible at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Editor-in-Chief of the Dead Sea Scrolls Publication Project, has visited TWU on more than one occasion. During September 16-23, 2005, he was featured at the official launch of the University’s Septuagint Institute, gave a public lecture sponsored by TWU's Dead Sea Scrolls Institute, and presented a paper at the MA Faculty/Graduate Seminar.

Dr. N. T. Wright, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at St. Andrews University, Scotland, Bishop in the Church of England, and a prolific author of scholarly and popular books, came to TWU on November 16-17, 2010, for the University’s Distinguished Lecturer Series. Professor Wright also gave a public lecture, a faculty presentation, participated in a Symposium on Exile, and spoke at chapel. Watch NT Wright speak at TWU.