Professor of Old Testament; Director of the John William Wevers Institute for Septuagint Studies
Office
Fosmark Centre
Phone
+1 (604) 888-7511 ext. 3842
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Biography

Rob Hiebert is passionate about studying biblical texts in their original languages and contexts, and about inspiring people to delve into the riches of Scripture, to reflect deeply on its meaning and the implications of its message, and to strive to live skillfully in conformity with the Creator’s design, which is the essence of the Hebrew concept of true wisdom.

He has been married to Karen since 1987. They have two daughters who are both TWU undergrads. His hobbies include fishing, rock hounding, photography, and travel. His sensitive, artistic side is manifested in the pleasure he experiences when singing in the TWU Masterworks choir or writing short stories and poetry. He also enjoys reading, watching movies, following politics, and monitoring his wildly fluctuating investment portfolio. For exercise, he jogs and plays basketball. He used to play hockey. He is a Canucks and B.C. Lions fan.

Research & Scholarship

Scholarly Research Grants:
•    2012-2016: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.
•    2008-2011: (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant.
•    2009: SSHRC Internal Grant.
•    2008-2009: Faculty Fellowship: The Lilly Theological Research Grants Program of the Association of Theological Schools.
•    2008: SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences in Canada Grant.
•    2008: Priscilla and Stanford Reid Trust Conference Grant (co-applicant: Dr. Larry Perkins).
•    2005-2008: SSHRC Standard Research Grant.
•    2007: German Research Visit Grant, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.
•    2005: German Research Visit Grant, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen.
•    2004-2005: Visiting Skirball Fellowship, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies.
•    2002: SSHRC Internal Grant.
•    2001: SSHRC Internal Grant.
•    2000: SSHRC Internal Grant.

Education

•    University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1986); Septuagint Studies. Thesis Title: “A Textual Analysis of the So-Called Syrohexaplaric Psalter.”
•    University of Toronto (M.A., 1979); Septuagint Studies.
•    University of Toronto (B.A. Honours, 1978); Biblical Languages and Literature.
•    Institute for Holy Land Studies, Jerusalem (Junior Year Abroad Program, 1974-75); Hebrew, Biblical and Historical Studies.
•    Trinity Western College (Associate in Arts, 1973): Arts and Science.
•    Columbia Bible Institute (Biblical Studies Diploma, 1971).

Recent Publications

 Books:

    “Translation Is Required”: The Septuagint in Retrospect and Prospect. Edited by Robert J. V. Hiebert. Society of Biblical Literature Septuagint and Cognate Studies (SBLSCS) 56. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010.

    The Old Greek Psalter: Studies in Honour of Albert Pietersma. Edited by Robert J. V. Hiebert (primary editor), Claude E. Cox, and Peter J. Gentry. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament: Supplement Series (JSOTSup) 332. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.

    The “Syrohexaplaric” Psalter. SBLSCS 27. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1989.

 Introduction and Translation:

    Genesis, in A New English Translation of the Septuagint. Edited by Albert Pietersma and Benjamin G. Wright. New York / Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Articles/Book Chapters:

     “A ‘Genetic’ Commentary on the Septuagint of Genesis.” Journal of Septuagint and Cognate Studies (accepted for publication)

     “Megillot.” Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint. Edited by Alison Salvesen and T. Michael Law (accepted for publication)

     “Late Syriac Translations: Psalms, Secondary Translations.” The Textual History of the Bible, vol. 1: The Hebrew Bible. Edited by Armin Lange, Emanuel Tov, Bas ter Haar Romeny et al. (accepted for publication)

     “Recensional Activity in Greek 4 Maccabees.” Festschrift Anneli Aejmelaeus. Edited by T. Michael Law, Kristin De Troyer, and Marketta Liljeström. Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology. Leuven: Peeters (in press)

     “Innovative Elements in the Vocabulary of the Septuagint Pentateuch.” Handbuch zur Septuaginta: LXX.H, vol. 5: Sprache. Edited by Eberhard Bons and Jan Joosten. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus (in press).

     “4 Maccabees.” Companion to the Septuagint. Edited by James K. Aitken. London: T & T Clark (in press)
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     “Makkabaion IV / Das vierte Buch der Makkabäer.” Handbuch zur Septuaginta: LXX.H, vol. 1: Einleitung. Edited by Siegfried Kreuzer. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus (in press).

     “What Does the Computer Have to Do with Textual Criticism? Innovative Technology for the Management and Analysis of Collation Data and the Grouping of Manuscripts.” With Nathaniel N. Dykstra. Die Göttinger Septuaginta: Ein editorisches Jahrhundertprojekt. Edited by Reinhard G. Kratz. Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen. N.F. 22. Mitteilungen des Septuaginta-Unternehmens (MSU) 30. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013: pp. 107-131.

     “Designing a New Septuagint Commentary: SBLCS and WATER.” With Nathaniel N. Dykstra. XIV Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Helsinki, 2010. Edited by Melvin K. H. Peters. SBLSCS 59. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013: pp. 515-523.

     “Textual and Translation Issues in Greek Genesis.” The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation. Edited by Craig A. Evans, Joel N. Lohr, and David L. Petersen. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum (VTSup) 152. Formation and Interpretation of Old Testament Literature (FIOTL). Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012: pp. 405-426.

    “In Search of the Old Greek Text of IV Maccabees.” Text-Critical and Hermeneutical Studies in the Septuagint. Edited by Johann Cook and Hermann-Josef Stipp. VTSup 157. Leiden: Brill, 2012: pp. 127-143.

    “Ruminations on Translating the Septuagint of Genesis in the Light of the NETS Project.” “Translation Is Required”: The Septuagint in Retrospect and Prospect. Edited by Robert J. V. Hiebert. SBLSCS 56. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2010: pp. 71-86.

    “Establishing the Textual History of Greek 4 Maccabees.” Die Septuaginta — Texte, Theologien, Einflüsse. Edited by Wolfgang Kraus and Martin Karrer. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament (WUNT) 252. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2010: pp. 117-139.

    “Septuagint Textual Criticism and the Computer: 4 Maccabees as a Test Case.” Primary author, with Nathaniel N. Dykstra. XIII Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Ljubljana, 2007. Edited by Melvin K. H. Peters. SBLSCS 55. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008: pp. 167-181.

    “The Greek Pentateuch and 4 Maccabees.” Scripture in Transition: Essays on Septuagint, Hebrew Bible, and Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of Raija Sollamo. Edited by Anssi Voitila and Jutta Jokiranta. Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism (JSJSup) 126. Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2008: pp. 239-254.

    “4 Maccabees 18,6-19 — Original Text or Secondary Interpolation?” Die Septuaginta — Texte, Kontexte, Lebenswelten. Edited by Martin Karrer and Wolfgang Kraus. WUNT 219. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2008: pp. 439-449.

 Book Reviews:

    17 published reviews

Articles for Popular Audiences:

     “The Septuagint: ‘Egypt’s Greatest Gift to Western Civilization.’” The Book of Books: Biblical Canon, Dissemination and Its People. Edited by Jerry Pattengale, Lawrence H. Schiffman, and Filip Vukosavovic. Jerusalem: Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, 2013; pp. 32-35.

     “No dueling deities but a priestly people: Understanding the biblical accounts of creation.” Mennonite Brethren Herald 50/1 (January 2011): 10-12.

Selected Lectures/Presentations:

     “Is the Bible Reliable?” God & Reason: A Christian Perspective. Presented as part of a lecture series at the University of the Fraser Valley. Abbotsford, B.C., 15 October 2013.

     “The Septuagint: Its Origins and Significance.’” Wheaton College. Wheaton, Illinois, 15 November 2012.

     “The Septuagint Translators: Pioneers in the Transmission History of the Bible.” Presented as part of the Passages Lecture Series of the Green Scholars Initiative. Charlotte, North Carolina, 13 November 2012.

      “The Story of the Greek Septuagint Translation of the Hebrew Bible.” Presented as part of the Spring Lecture Series of the Museum of Biblical and Sacred Writings. Irvine, California, 4 April 2009.

     “The Septuagint and Its Cultural and Theological Context.” Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah, 4 April 2008.

     “The Translation of Divine Names in the Septuagint of Genesis.” Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah, 3 April 2008.

    “The Septuagint as a Reflection of Its Hellenistic Jewish Context.” Presented in The David Patterson Seminars Series at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Yarnton, Oxford, England, 27 October 2004.

Expertise

Hebrew Bible, Septuagint (Genesis, Psalms, IV Maccabees), Syriac Bible (Psalms, IV Maccabees), Hermeneutics, and Bible translation

Courses Taught

Biblical Hermeneutics; Elementary Hebrew I & II; Old Testament Hebrew Exegesis I & II; Exploring Septuagint Origins and Texts; The Septuagint in Early Jewish and Christian Traditions; Current Issues in Septuagint Studies; Exposition of the Pentateuch; Exposition of Genesis; Exposition of Exodus; Exposition of Historical Literature; Exposition of the Prophetical Literature; Exposition of Isaiah; Exposition of the Minor Prophets; Exposition of Wisdom Literature; Exposition of Job; Exposition of the Psalms; Old Testament Theology; Old Testament Exposition;  Old Testament Seminar; Research Writing and the Ministry of Scholarship