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My goal is to make the Bible more accessible to students than it is right now.
Title: Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew
Office: Trask Hall 214 P
Professional Information: B.A. Evangel University (Biblical Studies & Biblical Languages)
M.Div. Harvard University (Old Testament Emphasis)
Ph.D. Emory University (Old Testament)
Job Responsibilities: I view myself as a "Biblical technician." My interest is in helping students see how the Bible works. This is where teaching Biblical interpretation, research and writing, Biblical Hebrew, and Old Testament come into the picture. As such, I am particularly interested in helping students who wish to attend graduate school/seminary. Part of this involves co-advising the Theta Alpha Kappa honor society and bringing students to the Central States Society of Biblical Literature meeting each spring.
Org Memberships: Society of Biblical Literature
Greater Springfield Professors of Bible (President)
Courses Taught: Hebrew (elementary, intermediate, and advanced), Old Testament Literature, Old Testament Theology, a variety of OT Bible book studies, Sophomore Seminar, Hermeneutics
Publications: Hebrew for Reading Comprehension (an introductory Hebrew grammar); The God of the Prophets; Joel, in The Complete Biblical Library; Killing a Dead Language: A Case Against Emphasizing Vowel Pointing When Teaching Biblical Hebrew (http://www.sbl-site.org/publications/article.aspx?articleId=675). I also regularly present papers at the Central States Society of Biblical Literature Meeting.
Started Work: 1995
Favorite Thing About Work: Students, and that I get paid to talk! To be more specific, I love discussing God's Holy Word with students and provoking students to accurately handle the Word of Truth.
Was an Evangel Student: 1982-1985 Evangel
Favorite Memory as a Student: Going over to the old Joust with my family and getting ice cream, bowling, etc.
Originally From: Boulder, CO
Personal Information: My wife (Terry) and I have been married since 1978, and we have three sons. My wife and I are avid bicyclists, riding thousands of miles every year. We also both into photography (nature, EU sports, countryside). Add playing guitar to that list.
Other: I enjoy writing humorous and satirical songs about many subjects. Many of these are available on my website: http://www.drbill.net/music/index.htm
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Personal Page: http://www.drbill.net