Jeffrey Tripp received a doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity from Loyola University Chicago, and now teaches Math at Rock Valley College. He often incorporates statistical methods into his biblical research, which focuses on the New Testament narratives and their reception. Here he tells the story of how he came to rethink his position on the Synoptic Problem:[Read more…]
by Charlie Trimm | Talbot School of Theology & Brittany Kim | North Park Theological Seminary
Pastoring and Church Ministry
A frequent path for PhD graduates is to enter church life, as pastoring involves many opportunities for teaching. Some larger churches may even have specialized roles like a campus pastor, teaching pastor, or scholar-in-residence that may be particularly suited to someone with a PhD in biblical or theological studies. Many find church life more fulfilling than academia, as they interact with people more deeply and for a greater length of time. However, far less time is typically available for publishing (unless an agreement is reached with the church when taking the position).[Read more…]
I asked this very question myself even before completing my PhD in 2019: what’s it all for? Considering the slumping academic job market, and fierce (read, ridiculous) competition for the few jobs in my discipline each year, I wondered what the point was of nearly a decade of rigorous intellectual forging through two masters degrees and a doctorate in New Testament.
So I was grateful to find recently a superb resource on the very question. Charlie Trimm and Brittany Kim have compiled numerous testimonies from PhD’s now putting their education to use in various fields including the pastorate, administration, editing and publishing, Bible translation, and more.
We’re going to be publishing these testimonials over the coming weeks as a way to encourage you to consider entering the long, hard road of doctoral studies as a means to serve the church, to serve other people, and to serve our Lord.
Perhaps the high aspiration of many a newly minted PhD, i.e. a tenure-track post at a prestigious institution of higher education, is not the only worthwhile, nor actually the best, reason to earn a doctorate.[Read more…]
Ben White is an up-and-coming young scholar at The King’s College in New York City who has just published his study of 2 Corinthians with Mohr Siebeck. In the following interview, we talk about the premise of his book, Pain and Paradox in 2 Corinthians: The Transformative Function of Strength in Weakness, and its value for the academy and the church.[Read more…]
The last month has seen numerous jobs come to market in biblical studies and theology, from Oregon to Israel, Texas to South Africa. Happy hunting.[Read more…]
The last few weeks saw jobs introduced from Poland to Texas, Austria to Belgium. Happy hunting.
Professorship in Old Testament, Universität Innsbruck, Austria
Professor in Didactics and Comparative Pedagogy, Christian Theological Academy, Warsaw, Poland
Dean of Theology, St. Thomas University, Florida
Assistant Lecturer, Elim International Centre, UK
New Testament Lecturer, Elim International Centre, UK
Faculty Member (Old Testament), Prarie College, Canada
Biblical Studies Faculty, The King’s University, Texas
Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of the Accelerated Ministry Preparation Program, Grove City College, Pennsylvania
Online Professor of Greek Language & Literature, Missional University (Remote)
Asst or Assoc Prof Biblical Studies, Shaw University, North Carolina
Parker Library Stipendiary Early-Career Research Fellowship, University of Cambridge, UK
PhD researcher in Biblical Studies (LXX Studies), Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) Studentship – The Elect and the Damned: The Material Culture of Belief in Post-Reformation Scotland, 1560 to 1750, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Part-time Theology and Counselling Lecturer, London School of Theology, UK
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In the following interview, Jacob Cerone discusses his recent translation of Adolf von Harnack’s work on 1 Clement. This book is an invaluable addition to Early Church studies as well as another window into the scholarship and teaching of Harnack himself. We hope you enjoy the intervew below, and make sure to get a copy of Cerone’s book here.[Read more…]
The past three weeks have seen job postings introduced at institutions from Australia to Oregon, Athens to Croatia. Happy hunting.[Read more…]
As a father of four children between the ages of 6 and 13, it was challenging during the early stages of the lockdown period to engage with my studies as a PhD student as well as assist my children with their learning.
In hindsight, knowing now the uncertainty of the pandemic and future lockdowns, I would have deferred my studies for six months. Yet, by grace and much support from my wife and my parents who now live with us, I have managed to sneak away for short periods of the day and have managed to make some progress with my work including some extra circular projects.[Read more…]
Biblical performance criticism is a methodology based on the assumption that much of the literature collected in the Bible represents oral performances that were at one time either told from memory or presented as prepared readings before audiences.1 The performance critic studies the biblical writings as oral performances with the aim to uncover certain conventions of orally performed texts—features often neglected when employing other biblical critical methodologies.[Read more…]