Tyndale Seminary Faculty Update

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tyndale Seminary has 24 faculty members researching and teaching across a diverse range of academic disciplines. The following are some recent contributions that faculty members have made to their field of research:

  • Dr. Ronald Kydd, Associate Professor of Church History, travelled to China from June 8 to July 3 2014 on a research trip to review and discover evidence of the presence of Christianity in China prior to 1400 AD. He travelled on an itinerary organized by a well-known Chinese archaeologist and former government official. They visited 16 museums, eight ancient cities that had Christian populations, four ancient Christian monasteries and numerous temples. Dr. Kydd was accompanied by groups of archaeologists in all places and was permitted to review many artifacts largely unknown outside of China. Also  in summer 2014, Dr. Kydd authored the article, “Timothy I Looks at His Church,” published in Studia Patristica. He also authored a review of Dr. Éric Rebillard’s Christians and Their Many Identities in Late Antiquity North Africa, 200—450 CE in Church History (Cornell University Press, 2014).
  • Dr. John Kessler, Professor of Old Testament, authored “Torah and Character: A Kid and its Mother’s Milk (Deut. 14:21, Exod. 23:19 and 34:26),” in Between the Lectern and the Pulpit: Essays in Honour of Victor A. Shepherd (Regent College Publishing, 2014). He also lectured at an international conference at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies on the topic, “Patterns of Curse Formulae within the Hebrew Bible and ANE: The Case of Amos 4:6-12 and its Relationships to Deut. 28 and Lev. 26.” The conference took place in Israel in May 2014, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The theme of the conference, which brought together approximately 50 scholars from Europe, Israel, the US and Canada, was “The Pentateuch within Biblical Literature: Formation and Interaction.” Dr. Kessler's paper was well received and will appear in an upcoming volume of conference papers published by Mohr Siebeck.
  • Dr. Rebecca Idestrom, Associate Professor of Old Testament, authored the chapter “Psalm 96: Declare His Glory Among the Nations,” in Between the Lectern and the Pulpit: Essays in Honour of Victor A. Shepherd (Regent College Publishing, 2014). Dr. Idestrom is on a one-year sabbatical (2014-2015). She will be spending her sabbatical at Tyndale House in Cambridge, England, where she will be working on her book entitled Show Me Your Glory: The Glory of God in the Old Testament.
  • Dr. Dennis Ngien, Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Master of Theology program at Tyndale Seminary, was recently appointed as Research Professor of Theology at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto. In this role, Dr. Ngien will be teaching and supervising doctoral students.
  • Dr. Arnold Neufeldt-Fast, Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Theology, authored “Menno Simons and Martin Luther on Christian Freedom,” a chapter published in the book In Between the Pulpit and the Lectern: Essays in Honour of Victor A. Shepherd (Regent College Publishing, 2014). In June 2014, he was at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he is a Fellow at the Center for Barth Studies. He is involved in a translation project of Karl Barth's Gottingen Dogmatics II as well as Karl Barth: Dialogues 1959-1962 (tentative title), edited by Dr. Karlfried Froehlich.
  • Dr. Grace Ko, Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies (CCSTTS), presented a paper entitled “The Placement of Ps. 90 in the Psalter: A Theological Consideration” at the International Congress of Ethnic Chinese Biblical Scholars held in Hong Kong in August 2014.
  • Dr. James Beverley, Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics, spoke at the Cesnur International Conference on Religions at Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, in June 2014. His lecture was titled “Texas Showdown: The Conflict between Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun and David Miscavige, head of the Church of Scientology.” It examined the conflict between the Rathbuns and the church and notes the parallel critiques given by each side. His lecture was based on intense discussions with Mark Rathbun and several Scientology leaders.

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